*** Released Today!! ***
The Emerald Atlas
by John Stephens
Kate, Michael, and Emma 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.
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey 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.
The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.
When my ARC arrived, my 8th grader gasped and then stole it. He said he'd heard about it from his librarian (who knows EVERYTHING about his favorite book tastes) and couldn't believe we had a copy right there on the counter. He was so cute and excited that I let him read it first. He loved it! Then he nagged me to read it immediately. I loved it, too.
This book has everything fantasy fans love: great characters (humans, dwarves, creatures, wizards...) adventure, humor, battles, and loads upon loads of suspense. It's the first in a series, so be prepared to wait for book two. The writing is excellent, the pacing is excellent, it's ALL excellent. I promise. This is the perfect middle/upper middle grade fantasy!!
*** AND ***
Because I loved it so much and know you will too, I am going to give away my ARC to one lucky blog follower. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post by Friday (+2 old followers, +1 new followers).
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That's it. Now, go add this to your MUST READ list!!