Monday, July 25, 2011

Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, 1) by John Stephens
Alfred A. Knopf

Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.


  1. The Emerald Atlas--A fun series, clear comparison to Narnia w/ multiple siblings (but no religious undertones here). Thought it was well-done but mostly just a page-turner. Looking forward to reading the others in the series & have been recommending this one to young fantasy readers.

  2. I agree, Athenagirl, it was fun but not the level for the Newbery. I'm sure the students will love it and I look forward to hearing their discussions.

    I reviewed Emerald Atlas on my blog.

  3. I'm about halfway through this book and am finding it a bit disappointing. I actually found the few chapters before the magical world was introduced to be more charming and enjoyable than the ones that followed. If as I reader I would prefer to go back to the "real" world, I think that's a sign that something about the fantasy world isn't working.
    Perhaps a notch about run-of-the-mill contemporary fantasy, but not Newbery worthy from what I can tell so far. I will keep reading and check back in if my opinion changes... :)

  4. This is a book exploding with action, magic, mystical creatures, and a little betrayal. Definetly a must read! I hope you enjoy the Emerald Atlas as much as i did!