The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet

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The Cabinet of Earths, Anne Nesbet’s debut novel for tweens, blends fantasy, science, and horror into an irresistible story in the vein of the classic His Dark Materials series.
 
Twelve-year-old Maya is miserable when she has to move from California to Paris. Not speaking French at a school full of snobby French girls is bad enough, but Maya believes there is something sinister going on in her new city. A purple-eyed man follows Maya and her younger brother, James. Statues seem to have Maya’s face. And an eerie cabinet filled with mysterious colored bottles calls to her.
 
When James becomes the target of dark forces, Maya decides she must answer the call of the Cabinet of Earths, despite the danger.
 

 

About Anne Nesbet

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Anne Nesbet teaches Russian literature and the history of film at the University of California at Berkeley. She lives near San Francisco with her husband, several daughters, and one irrepressible dog. You can visit her online at www.annenesbet.com.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by HarperCollins. 277 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Prompted by her father’s job offer and to ultimately fulfill the wish of her mother, 13-year-old Maya and her family uproot their lives in California for an across-the-pond move to Paris.

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City Book Review

It takes place in Paris, one of the most beautiful places in the world, but also, the most mysterious.

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City Book Review

Maya and her family have just moved to Paris, where her father has been given a year-long fellowship.

Jun 20 2012 | Read Full Review of The Cabinet of Earths

Common Sense Media

Once there, Maya begins to suspect there's something more sinister going on than the homesickness and culture clash she feels, as she runs across spooky buildings, mysterious strangers, long-lost relatives, and unexplained events.

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Shelf Awareness

When you give a 'real world' book to someone you are saying, 'I am totally in love with this book and think you will be too,' or 'The sentiment in this book reminded me of you,' or 'Here, this is a journey you will never forget.' A book is a personal gift--something uniquely picked out, inscribed...

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Maya has little interest in her “invisible” Cousin Louise—until Maya realizes that her cousin is central to unlocking the mystery of the beautiful people who never seem to age.

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Bookalicious

I loved seeing Paris through Maya and James’ new and innocent eyes – reading about cafes and new schools and the moment they saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Cabinet of Earths

The Horn Book

It is better to read fairy tales than to find yourself caught in them,” Nesbet’s narrator declares, a predictor of what is to be found in the subsequent pages — for Nesbet’s story is a-shimmer with magic, in plot, characters, and literary style.

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