The Emerald Atlas:The Books of Beginning 1

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The first thrilling book in the most exciting children's fantasy series since Harry Potter.

 
The Emerald Atlas:The Books of Beginning 1, John Stephens

The first thrilling book in the most exciting children's fantasy series since Harry Potter.

They were taken from their beds one frozen night, when the world was covered in snow. The silhouette of a tall, thin man has haunted Kate ever since.

Ten years on, Kate, Michael and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded to a blur. Arriving at Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something different about this place - and Kate feels sure she has seen the dark, crooked house before.

As they explore, they discover an old, empty leather book. The moment they touch it, an ancient magical prophecy is set irrevocably in motion, and the children are thrown into a dangerous alternate reality of dark enchantments and terrifying monsters. Only they can prevent the terrible event that will ruin Cambridge Falls - and stop the world from falling into complete devastation.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $17.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780552564021
    Published: 01/05/2012
    Imprint: Corgi Childrens
    Extent: 432 pages
  • Trade Paperback
    $24.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780857530196
    Published: 05/04/2011
    Imprint: Doubleday Childrens
    Extent: 432 pages
  • EBook
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    ISBN: 9781446452011
    Published: 14/04/2011
    Imprint: RHCP Digital
    Extent: 432 pages
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"The Emerald Atlas is a magical roller-coaster of a read as three siblings discover an old leather book that unlocks a powerful prophecy and enables them to move through time and different worlds." - Vanessa Lewis, The Bookseller

"...Bologna's most talked about book. First in a trilogy from US screenwriter John Stephens, it is jam packed with fantasy staples such as dwarves, wizards, orphans and prophecies, and will be backed with a major marketing campaign." - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

"It's bright and energetic and has some exciting set pieces." - Patrick Ness, The Guardian

"Stephens spins a tightly paced, engaging yarn http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/books/review/childrens-books-the-emerald-atlas-by-john-stephens.html?_r=1" - New York Times

"The Emerald Atlas kind of encompasses all my firm favourites, His Dark Materials, The Chronicles of Narnia and of course Harry Potter. It was a thrill to read" - Askew's Library Service

"The Emerald Atlas is a fantastic start of a series. Plenty of questions are yet to be answered and I look forward to the sequel" - My Favourite Books

"With magic, humor and unforgettable characters, John Stephens' remarkable debut novel follows Kate, Michael and Emma as they attempt to outwit the Countess, rescue the children and maybe even save the world in the process. Unanswered questions and two more books to locate ensure a sequel and more robust adventures ahead." - Angela Leeper, BookPage (US)

"The Emerald Atlas kind of encompasses all my firm favourites, His Dark Materials, The Chronicles of Narnia and of course Harry Potter. It was a thrill to read." - Askew's Library Service

"The Emerald Atlas is a fantastic start of a series. Plenty of questions are yet to be answered and I look forward to the sequel." - My Favourite Books (myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com)

"The book is reminiscent in some ways of C S Lewis and J R Rowling and the excitement and gripping writing will ensure readers are immersed in the story. The book leaves issues undecided and the reader wanting more." - Parents in Touch (www.parentsintouch.co.uk)

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John Stephens

John Stephens

John Stephens received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia in 1998. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he has worked as a writer-producer on Gilmore Girls and The O.C. He was most recently executive producer on Seasons 2 and 3 of Gossip Girl and has also directed episodes of The O.C. and Gossip Girl. John Stephens is taking leave from his television career to pursue his passion for writing for children.

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