The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

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Called “A new Narnia for the tween set” by the New York Times and perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials series, The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.
 
These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.
 
Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.
 
Until now.
 
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem.  And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.


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About John Stephens

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John Stephens is also the author of The Fire Chronicle, the second installment in the Books of Beginning trilogy. John received his MFA from the University of Virginia, and went on to write and produce television for ten years. During this time, he read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and fell in love with fantasy for young readers. He spent the next several years waking at 4 AM every morning to write The Emerald Atlas before heading to work for the day. John lives in Los Angeles with his wife and sons and their dog, Bug. Visit BooksofBeginning.com to find out more about The Emerald Atlas, the Books of Beginning, and John.
 
Published April 1, 2011 by Random House Lcc Us. 434 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That they have a larger role to play becomes clearer as they realize they have a special relationship with the magic book, the significance of which is revealed bit by bit.

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The New York Times

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When they reach their latest unpromising abode — a dusty, near-empty manor in the upstate New York town of Cambridge Falls — the children stumble upon a strange blank book, which functions as a kind of portal to an alternate reality.

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The Guardian

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They discover a book – the Atlas – which, when a photo is inserted, can transport them to that time and place.

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The Guardian

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The first book of a new trilogy by John Stevens, The Emerald Atlas, is an action packed adventure novel which takes you backwards and forwards through time.

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The Guardian

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The Guardian

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There comes a moment, late in The Emerald Atlas, when its 14-year-old heroine Kate – having gone back in time, where she caught an emotional glimpse of her long-lost mother and left behind a magical book for safe-keeping before returning to swim through an underground cavern with a group of dwarv...

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Publishers Weekly

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This promising first volume in debut author Stephens's Books of Beginning trilogy concerns siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma, who, when very young, were taken from their parents to protect them from unspecified forces of darkness.

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The Wall Street Journal

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This is the Emerald Atlas, "an ocean of power" that suddenly sweeps the children back in time to Cambridge Falls in the grip of a remorseless witch (who, against type, looks like a teenage coquette and sprinkles her repartee with French phrases).

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The Wall Street Journal

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This is the Emerald Atlas, "an ocean of power" that suddenly sweeps the children back in time to Cambridge Falls in the grip of a remorseless witch (who, against type, looks like a teenage coquette and sprinkles her repartee with French phrases).

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Examiner

John Stephens has begun the Book of Beginnings trilogy with The Emerald Atlas (2011).

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New York Journal of Books

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A beautiful but evil countess dominates the region, holding its children prisoner while their parents toil in the mines for a hidden treasure, which turns out to be the very book the three orphans are clutching.So begins The Emerald Atlas with a number of familiar tropes: the special children who...

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The Bookbag

You can read more book reviews or buy The Emerald Atlas: The Books of Beginning by John Stephens at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google play and .

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Common Sense Media

Here, author John Stephens uses some familiar fantasy elements -- innocent orphans, an evil witch, a struggle over three valuable books of wisdom -- to pull together a creative story that will have kids breathlessly waiting for the next installment.

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KidsReads

Not quite sure of what's happening amidst all the chaos, Kate, Michael and Emma quickly put the picture of the orphanage back in the book and are transported back to the present.

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BookRack

It’s a long book, and sometimes the details in the book does slow the pace down.

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Alice Marvels

Unfortunately, there is great evil just off camera in these photographs, the kind that requires epic adventures (probably over the course of several books) to vanquish…… So this book had a few things going against it – 1) it’s a middle grade book, 2) I hate when people call anything “the next Ha...

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