Hap, the boy with unusually green eyes, the ability to jump high and live without ever sleeping is back in this final book in The Books of Umber Trilogoy.
Hap still lives with Lord Umber in his castle by the sea. He has made friends in this place, even though he doesn’t know how he got there or even who he is. Hap is very, very loyal to his friends. Without them, what does he have? He has no memories before waking up and finding himself with them.
In this final adventure Hap faces the questions that have haunted him since waking up in the cave with no memories. Who am I? WHAT am I? Hap is forced to find the answers to these questions while he and his friends are attacked from all sides – from a hostile king that feels threatened by both Lord Umber and Hap, from the sorceress Turiana who has broken free of the chains that have kept her under control, and from an unknown horror steadily making its way across the ocean toward Celador. The answers aren’t anything you’d ever expect. Expect to think the last few chapters; about fate, destiny, happenstance…and maybe cry a little too. If you COULD see into the future, would you even want to? Author: P.W. Catanese
Read Chapter One: The Books of Umber: The End of Time
Emily has discovered that fairies, piskies, giants and all kinds of creatures actually do exist, it’s just that most people can’t see them. Emily discovers she CAN see them the day she saves a piskie after a battle that takes place in the middle of a London street.
The piskie Emily saves is Corrigan. He’s a little wiry guy, small enough to sit on her shoulder. He’s also opinionated, sassy and brave…just the sort of person you want on your team. Then there’s Emily pickpocket friend Jack. He’s human. He’s also streetwise, opinionated, sassy…and brave…another guy you want on your team. Emily really needs them because the bad guys have kidnapped her little brother and are holding him hostage.
To get William back Emily needs to solve riddles, pick locks, sneak, fight, listen, learn, trust her friends and be very, very brave. Author: Paul Crilley
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1. Giuseppe plays his violin for money, but he isn’t allowed to keep the money, he has to give it to his master or he is beaten or thrown in a dark cellar with rats. He is secretly keeping some of the money hoping to escape someday.
2. Frederick is an orphan that is apprenticed to a clockmaker. He is sercretly building an automoton – a kind of mechanical robot – in hopes that he can be licensed and work for himself someday.
3. Hannah works as a maid in a large hotel. Her Dad is sick and she is the only one in the house that can earn any money. She hopes to find a cure for her Dad so she can return to school someday.
The three kids don’t know each other at all when the story starts but are drawn toward each other on their quest for freedom as they unravel the mystery of a missing treasure. Author: Matthew Kirby
Silas and Sarah Heap enjoy a quiet wizarding life until their son Septimus, the seventh son of a seventh son, is born. In a dizzying turn of events Septimus is declared dead at the same time Silas finds a mysterious baby girl abandoned in the forest. Silas and Sarah agree to raise the baby girl even as they grieve their son. Ten years pass before the Extraordinary Wizard shows up at their door revealing that the baby girl is really Jenna, princess of the kingdom, whose real identity has been revealed to enemies of the crown. Jenna is no longer safely hidden in the Heap’s home and is whisked away by the Extraordinary Wizard, Silas, her brother Niko, and a young palace guard named Boy 412. As they make their escape, those who killed Jenna’s real mother, the queen, are hot on their heels. Will the princess and her safekeepers by hunted down? And what really happend to Septimus? Author: Angie Sage
Bran Hambric: The Farfield Cursebegan the story of Bran, a boy who doesn’t know a thing about himself. He was found at age 6 locked in a bank vault in the town of Dunce. He has no memory of anything before being discovered in the vault. He’s being raised by the Wilomas family, only because Mr. Wilomas worked at the bank and is forced to obey the “Finders Keepers Law.” If you find it, you have to keep it, even if “it” is a kid.
In Dunce, magic is outlawed. In The Farfield Curse Bram discovered that he had magical skills and made friends with Astara, Adi and a gnome named Polland that helped him figure out his past and how he came to be in the vault.
In this second adventure Bran finds a safe deposit box with his mother’s name on it while he is helping Mr. Wilomas clean at the bank vault. The box contains another box, which has a moon carved in it’s lid…a moon that matches Bran’s moon necklace, given to him by his mother. The odd thing is, Bran can’t get the box open, and then it begins to act very strangely, scary strange. Bran enlists the help of Astara and Adi to figure out the secret of the box, a secret that leads to more answers about his mother…and to the father he thought was dead. Dark magic threatens both Astara and Bran as opposing forces fight for possession of what the box contains.
If you remember from The Farfield Curse, Kaleb Nation was only a teenager when he wrote it. There were many similarities to Harry Potter that some readers didn’t like. In this one, Kaleb develops more of his own storytelling chops. His magical world and the characters in it take on a life of their own and he leaves most of his Harry Potter inspired ideas behind. I thought it would be fun to see where he went with the second book and I wasn’t disappointed. Kaleb is now 21…still really young for writing like this! I’m looking foward to book 3. Author: Kaleb Nation
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