Release Date: April 5, 2011
Age Group: Middle Grade
Received From: Publisher
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.
The Emerald Atlas was really everything that I hoped it would be. It was a fun romp through a new and very original world. Very engaging characters and a new evil that kept me on the edge of my seat!
Kate, Emma, and Micheal are orphans and they have been carted off to one place or another their whole lives, but when they get shipped to Cambridge Falls they will discover things that they only thought esisted in fairy tales. The first being a enchanted atlas that will transport you back in time when you place a picture between its pages. And that’s exactly what Kate, Micheal, and Emma do, thus starting all their trouble.
I really do love middle grade books and this one was no exception. I was glued to the pages the entire time. Sometimes the pacing was just the tiniest bit slow, but this was no major issue. I had to keep turning pages to see what was going to happen next.
I really loved the characters! The Emerald Atlas is told in third person, but I still connected to Kate, Micheal, and Emma really well. Their bond and loyalty to each other really jumped off the page. And I couldn’t help giggling at Micheal and Emma bickering and fighting throughout the book.
The world that John Stephens has created in this book is a fascinating one. The bad guys (or girl, I should say!) were very well done. I really disliked the Countess and all her minions. The minions, a.k.a. Screechers were actually kind of creepy, which was a fun surprise in a MG book. I also loved that time travel plays such a major role in the book.
Overall, this was a very fun MG and a great start to a series. I definitely recommend it!