Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Review of The Shadow of Atlantis by Wendy Leighton-Porter
"Ten year old twins, Joe and Jemima Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book which had belonged to their mother and father holds the answer...and so begins an unusual quest to discover the truth."
The book opens with Joe and Jemima's beloved cat, Max, watching curiously as some strange event is unfolding in the attic. This event culminates in the twin's parents disappearing.
The children go to live with their Uncle Richard and his housekeeper Mrs. Garland. They befriend the next door neighbor boy, Charlie.
The trio soon finds the mysterious and old dusty book that belongs to the Lancelot twin's parents.
With a little 10 year old ingenuity, they manage to open the book and discover one of its secrets...getting swept back in time to Atlantis! There they meet Varda and are able to speak her language in yet another secret of the book. It turns out, so can Max! Varda takes the trio to meet her parents and family whom they end up staying with.
The adventure continues as Joe, Jemima, Charlie and Max along with Varda's help, explore this ancient and mythical city. Of course with every good story they run into some major trouble, especially when they try to warn the city people about impending danger.
Will they be able to warn the inhabitants in time? Will the manage to find their way out of trouble and return home? Will they find their parents? That is up to you to find out when you read the book.
This chapter book by author, Wendy Leighton-Porter is certainly for the adventure seeking kid. This is her first in a series and really does not disappoint.
Even though I am much older than the 8 year old up that would be recommended age group to read this, I found myself engrossed in this book.
It had everything the young adventurer wants, fun characters who are relatable, mystery and a little mayhem too.
This book is a must read and gets 5 stars!
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
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