The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
(Books of Beginning)

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After the tumultuous events of last winter, Kate, Michael, and Emma long to continue the hunt for their missing parents. But they themselves are now in great danger, and so the wizard Stanislaus Pym hides the children at the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. There, he says, they will be safe. How wrong he is. 

The children are soon discovered by their enemies, and a frantic chase sends Kate a hundred years into the past, to a perilous, enchanted New York City. Searching for a way back to her brother and sister, she meets a mysterious boy whose fate is intricately—and dangerously—tied to her own.

Meanwhile, Michael and Emma have set off to find the second of the Books of Beginning. A series of clues leads them into a hidden world where they must brave harsh polar storms, track down an ancient order of warriors, and confront terrible monsters. Will Michael and Emma find the legendary book of fire—and master its powers—before Kate is lost to them forever? 

Exciting, suspenseful, and brimming with humor and heart, the next installment of the bestselling Books of Beginning trilogy will lead Kate, Michael, and Emma closer to their family—and to the magic that could save, or destroy, them all.
 

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 October 9, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 450 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Siblings Kate, Michael and Emma were lauded for successfully battling evil in The Emerald Atlas (2011), but soon afterward, their trusted confidant, Dr. Pym, redeposited them in a decrepit orphanage without explanation.

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Publishers Weekly

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In the exciting second installment of Stephens’s Books of Beginning trilogy—even stronger than The Emerald Atlas—siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma flee the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans with the evil forces of the Dire Magus at their heels.

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City Book Review

Katie has to send herself through time to avoid being captured by the enemy, gets stuck back in time, and has to figure out how to get back to the current time.

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Common Sense Media

The Fire Chronicle is Book 2 of John Stephen's trilogy The Books of Beginning.

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Kidz World

read more > During preparation for her middle school's spring musical, Callie meets new friends and harbours ...

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Kidz World

We definitely recommend this book, but of course, if you haven't read book 1 - The Emerald Altas - we suggest you start with that.

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KidsReads

You may remember that siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma discovered they could move backwards and forwards in time using the first of the Books of Beginning.

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