Torquere Press Birthstone - 1 Emerald - A Birthstones story By Kimberly Burke and J. Falcon Ryu let his eyes flick fro The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginning. The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginning Series #1). Home · The Emerald Atlas ( Books of Atlas of the Dragonlance World (Dragonlance Books) · Read more. Enjoy this chapter sampler from 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. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Childrens Books.

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Sweet Book Summary: Read this one before the movie comes out! Almost every line of dialogue and each word describing the characters and settings, feels ready for the big screen. Stephens brings a fantasy world to life, filled with wizards, witches, dwarves and evil creatures.

It may not fill those shoes completely, but it does give the fantasy reader what they like. Readers are immediately drawn into the story as Kate, Michael, and Emma, chased by unnatural cloaked beings, are spirited away to an orphanage while their parents slip mysteriously into the night.

When they discover a book that takes them back in time, they embark on an enlightening adventure filled with magic and mystery. They come to understand their past, and learn that their destiny is intertwined with the fate of the world.

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They fight fierce battles against daunting enemies and although each child shows weakness at times, they overcome their fears, and demonstrate bravery and determination. The story is filled with frightening characters like the spine-chilling Countess who imprisons a group of children, claiming to have a blade at each of their throats. I think the fear factor goes down as the book moves along, although maybe I just became numb to it after awhile.

Mixed in with the violence are typical sibling conflicts, moments of forgiveness, realizations about the value of love and family, and even a bit of humor.

It can definitely get confusing as the story moves between time periods and characters, but I do think that Stephens took that into account and tried to include reminders and summaries at varying points throughout the story. My favorite line is the Countess' response when asked what happened to the ancient powerful wizards.

Convinced they were the most enlightened society on earth, they grew decadent and soft John Stephens Illustrator: Would you rather visit the past or the future? A second later and two hundred miles to the north, the 8 car, without a mark on it, pulled up in front of a large gray stone building.

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Its arrival had clearly been expected, for a short woman in dark robes came sweeping down the steps to meet it. Together, she and the old man gathered up the children and carried them inside. They passed room after room of sleeping children.

They turned in at the last doorway. The room was empty save for two beds and a crib. She laid the boy in a bed and his young sister in the crib. Neither stirred. The old man placed Kate in the other bed. He drew the quilt up around her chin. And so much depends on them. He will hunt for them.

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That is cer- tain. But the only people alive who know that they are here are you and I. She looked up at her companion.

It is Christmas, after all. The old man followed her to the door, then paused to look back at the sleeping children. The three children slept on, unaware of the new world that awaited them when they awoke. Constance Lovestock. Lovestock was a woman of some years, even greater means, and no children. She was not a woman who did things by half measures.

Take her position on swans. She thought them the most beautiful, graceful creatures in the world.

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Fountains where a mother swan spat water at baby swans. A birdbath in the shape of a swan where lesser birds could have the honor of bathing. Lovestock— who took a vacation by himself every summer supposedly to col- lect beetles, but actually to hunt swans at a private reserve in Florida, blasting them at near-point-blank range with a mad grin on his face—so it was that Mrs.

Lovestock took the pipe from his mouth and made a thoughtful sound.Miss Crumley repeated, her eyes widening in disbelief. I think I shall begin with three.

But the only people alive who know that they are here are you and I. For that matter, they refused to be referred to as orphans.

But when Kate saw the large woman wrapped in a coat composed entirely of white feathers, holding a purse in the shape of a swan and wearing a hat from which a swans head curved upward like a question mark, she knew it was hopeless.

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