The Emerald Atlas is an upper middle grade fantasy novel. It was written by John Stephens and is published by Alfred A. Knopf. Part one of a trilogy, it runs 417 pages.
The Story- Three orphaned siblings, Kate, Michael and Emma, end up in a strange old orphanage on a nearly deserted isle. Right away magical things begin to happen and the kids find themselves 10 years in the past. Now facing a terrifying witch, they side with dwarves and a wizard to rescue a magical book, called the Atlas, and save the future of the isle.
My Thoughts- Right away this book tugged at my heart strings. The prologue set the entire scene, a mother giving up her children. For the rest of the book this image stays present in your mind. The characters are enjoyable, especially Emma, the youngest. She is spunky and brave, always ready to fight. I also liked Dr. Pym, the wizard, his character spends a lot of time in different realities and the story flowed around him without any bumps. The children's choices ring true, their grief at losing their parents so young colors all their decisions, often causing story twists.
For parents- The book does contain violence, but not gory, mostly fighting. There is no bad language or inappropriate situations. The book is a perfect read for 8 and up.
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