The Emerald Atlas

(2011)
The Emerald Atlas book cover

Book 1 of the Books of Beginning Series. This fantasy adventure story starts off with the main characters, Kate - 14, Michael-12, and Emma – 11 left as orphans when they were taken from their home at night during Christmas. The children are passed from one orphanage to another within a ten year span until they end up at a secluded orphanage operated by Dr. Stanislaus Pym. The mansion is located in the remote town of Cambridge Falls and the children find out they are the only ones there. While investigating the house they discover a magical door that reveals a hidden study. In the study they find a magical book that allows them to travel through time. Michael takes a picture and places it inside the book and the children are transported to an early Cambridge Falls. While there they encounter an evil witch, her guardians, the Screechers, and other monstrous creatures.

The Countess, the evil witch, is holding the children hostage and forcing the men to hunt and dig for a hidden treasure. Kate realizes that she has a special relationship with the magic book and she learns by traveling back in time she has the power to change the course of history and discover their parent’s fate. Even though Katie has seen her mother in the past she cannot connect her to the present.

The children realize that they have special powers and are destined to go on a quest to find out the purpose of the book. The cliffhanger leaves the reader waiting for the next book in the trilogy.

The age group for this series is grades 4 through 8.

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