The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning 2

Author:   John Stephens
Publisher:   Random House Children's Publishers UK
Volume:   2
ISBN:  

9780857530875


Pages:   448
Publication Date:   11 October 2012
Recommended Age:   From 9
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   John Stephens
Publisher:   Random House Children's Publishers UK
Imprint:   Doubleday Children's Books
Volume:   2
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 3.10cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.578kg
ISBN:  

9780857530875


ISBN 10:   0857530879
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   11 October 2012
Recommended Age:   From 9
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children's (6-12)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy. Kirkus Reviews 20120801 Time travel, an Arctic ice shelf and frivolous elves converge in this second installment of The Books of Beginning. Siblings Kate, Michael and Emma were lauded for successfully battling evil in The Emerald Atlas (2011), but soon afterward, their trusted confidant, Dr. Pym, redeposited them in a decrepit orphanage without explanation. After several months, a foreboding black cloud rolls in, catapulting the children into action. Kate escapes to 1899 Manhattan via the previous book's titular atlas, while Michael and Emma are miraculously plucked from danger by Pym. So sets the stage for Kate's mission to rejoin her siblings and for Michael and Emma's journey to a secreted, lush valley in Antarctica to seek a second magic book, the Chronicle. The children aren't strangers to magic, but their awe of magical places, allies and enemies does anything but wane here (it's hard to be ho-hum when entranced by elves, pursued by a dragon and combatting trolls). A third-person-omniscient narration alternates between Kate and Michael, but Michael, the meekest child (and destined keeper of the Chronicle), is the primary focus as he struggles to find a fiery strength within himself. With no rest for the children, the ending is anything but a fading ember as Emma is kidnapped, separating the trio once again and setting the stage for Book 3. Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14) Kirkus 20120801


Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy. Kirkus Reviews 20120801


Author Information

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. The Fire Chronicle is his second novel.

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