The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens: an enchanted leather atlas holds the key to this gripping adventure. A Little Babbler review by Becky, aged 11, from High Wycombe

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

‘That door wasn’t there a second ago.”

Siblings Kate, Michael and Emma were taken from their parents one dreary night – that was 10 years ago.   After growing up in several orphanages, they are sent to Cambridge Falls.   This eerie village lays quiet and dead until they find something that makes time change.   Travelling back through time, the children uncover the deadly secrets of Cambridge Falls, and have to put it right.

An enchanted leather atlas holds the key to the future and on a spellbinding mission to save the town, one foot wrong could prove fatal.

Full of twists and turns, I was completely gripped by this book.   Stephens writes in a way which reveals a mystery with every page turn.    It is in a similar style to Harry Potter, so for fans of J K Rowling, your bookshelf has just become better.   However, I am not the greatest fan of Harry Potter, and I still loved this book.

My favourite character was Kate, the eldest of the three children.  I felt much empathy for her as she could still vaguely remember her parents and was left responsible for her siblings, Michael and Emma.   I loved understanding how she created her plans to overthrow Cambridge Falls’ darkest secret, the countess.   Stephens managed to tie in her thought train and logic,which was interesting and built up much tension in this book.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls aged 10 or over.  At times it was a little hard to follow as it often changes time periods and setting, but don’t let this put you off! The book incorporates many genres so regardless of your taste I think you could enjoy it. Generally I would not choose a book like this, yet it is one of the best books I have ever read.   I would rate it 10/10.

 

 

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One Response to The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens: an enchanted leather atlas holds the key to this gripping adventure. A Little Babbler review by Becky, aged 11, from High Wycombe

  1. Tim Nicholls says:

    What a brilliant review!

    I really like the way you’ve managed to give a clear overview of what the book is all about, without giving away too much of the plot – that’s not an easy thing to do and some professional critics should perhaps take note ;-)

    Well done Becky!

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