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Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities #1)

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  4,272 ratings  ·  642 reviews
Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Aladdin
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Brittany Quarters This book is great. I'm fifteen, and I read it with an open mind. I didn't focus on the writing or the characters, I read it just to have fun.
I own…more
This book is great. I'm fifteen, and I read it with an open mind. I didn't focus on the writing or the characters, I read it just to have fun.
I own all of them so far and have loaned them to all my friends, who also loved them.

And, keep in mind, this is a book written for middle graders. Not teens. It wasn't written for people used to YA books with more complex themes.

This is a book to laugh at and have fun with, I highly recommend it.

And don't be a Rotten Egg, it wasn't for us older readers anyway. :)

Who recommended it to you? Do they own the book? If so, you could just ask to borrow it or look at it. And, you can start reading the beginning on Amazon.
I hope you do read it. :)(less)
Shadow I do not think so. But I recommend for more information about Sophie and her friends look her up on Wikia.
Just go to your search engine and type…more
I do not think so. But I recommend for more information about Sophie and her friends look her up on Wikia.
Just go to your search engine and type "Keeper of the lost Cities wikia" It has all sort of information.
I hope it helps!
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Shannon Messenger
Feb 14, 2013 Shannon Messenger added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I may be biased here. But I think it's pretty darn awesome. :D *is an incredibly nerdy author*
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Thea’s Take:

There are two ends of the CG animated movie spectrum. On the one side, there are gems like Wall-E and Up and Toy Story. On the other, there are the lamentable films like Fly Me to the Moon, or Robots, or Shark Tale. Granted, many kids like all of these films and there is some entertainment value to find in each of them – but there’s a huge difference in storytelling skill and in quality.

Unfortunately, Keeper of the Lost Cities falls deep on
Riley Edgewood
ALL KINDS OF AWESOME. Seriously am in love with this book/series and its characters.

KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is a fantasy mystery of epic proportions--and it's captivating from page one.

While it's perfectly fitted for middle grade readers (even reluctant readers will burn through this and beg for more!) I have to be honest and say that I don't read very much middle grade. But I'm 31, and this book is still one of my all-time favorites. The reach of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES extends from those
Jill Kaplan
Originally posted on my blog:

There are so many things that go through my mind when I think of this book. I could go on and on about character development and pacing, but that’s not what the book is all about. Since this is one of the first MGs I’ve read in awhile, I can’t compare it to anything but what I remember of those experiences. But I will do my best to explain why this book is so freaking awesome.
I had more fun reading Keeper than I have reading
Original review:

I wish I had read more books like Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities when I was younger, but I’m so glad to be able to read this now. This book is a winning combination of excellent characters and an exciting adventure, all while also being very heartfelt and touching.

To start off with, Sophie is the best type of main character. She was so interesting (she’s twelve, but in high school...WHAT) and I really enjoyed her journey of self
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is why I love Middle Grade reads! Shannon Messenger's debut is fantastic! There's plenty of adventure, some snark, a lot of fun, and a mystery to be solved. Did I mention there might be a little bit of danger?

I love a middle grade book that gives me a richly detailed story, world and characters to fall in love with. This book exceeded all that, and then some. One of the things that makes KEEPER's stand out is Shannon's writing. I didn't feel like I was reading a middle grade book. I felt l
Aug 23, 2012 Sasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Harry Potter and/or Percy Jackson
4.5 stars

Full disclosure: I do, in fact, know Shannon in real life and met her before I read Keeper of the Lost Cities; however this is my professional opinion of her work.

Despite the fact that I don’t read middle grade that often (I’ve only read a handful of MGs), and the fact that I don’t particularly care for third person POV, Shannon Messenger’s debut middle grade, Keeper of the Lost Cities, has been one of my favorite reads of the year. Messenger writes a story that children will find adven
Jillian Heise
SO good! Loved this middle grades fantasy novel by wonderful debut author. Will definitely appeal to fans of Harry Potter and The Unwanteds. *Full review to come*

Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

A few months from now you'll be able to get this book, and you should (especially if you live or work with middle schoolers in any capacity)! KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES blew me away. I knew I really liked Shannon Messenger from following her on twitter and on her blog, and then when
Faith Hough
I needed a few days to write this review, because if I had written it right away, it would have been one big chunk of gushing. I haven't read a middle grade fantasy that kept me as enthralled through all its pages since Harry Potter.
KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is the story of twelve-year-old Sophie Foster, who has never quite fit into her family or her life. She has a photographic memory, is at the top of her (high school) class, and is constantly bombarded by the pounding of other people's thoug
Shannon O'Donnell
Let me say, I easily gave this book 5 STARS--I never even considered anything less. It is absolutely wonderful. I laughed, I cried (hard), I cheered and held my breath. I loved every character and think Sophie is MG heroine perfection. This is truly one of my favorite middle grade stories of the year!
Carina Olsen
I have waited many months for this book. Many months spent dying for it. And it was worth the wait. Totally was. But now I must wait one more year for book two! Gah. I hate waiting, lol :) But this book is amazing. First, I love the cover more than anything. It is beyond perfect. I love it so much. It is gorgeous. Characters are so pretty :) I adore middle grade book covers. And I LOVE Shannon's art work for this book! It is perfect. So stunning. And I loved the writing. And the characters. And ...more
Alright, I will start this off by saying that this book was written by my little sister....and for you to fully understand what this means I must explain a few things to you. Shannon has always been the over achiever in the family, she's younger than me, yet managed to graduate a couple days before me, 4.0 and valedictorian no less! She graduated college, which I never even went to, and she always manages to do things like change the lightbulbs, wear accessories and eyeliner, and bring a jacket ...more
Emily White
I received a copy of Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities at BEA last week. And I have to admit that Keeper was one of the books I was most looking forward to receiving in NYC. I'd heard a lot of buzz for it and the cover is so absolutely gorgeous! Of course what's inside has to be just as beautiful, right??

Well, Shannon's book does not disappoint. The beginning did feel a bit rushed and I wondered why the MC, Sophie, would trust a strange boy enough to travel halfway across the world w
Could not put this book down! I stayed in bed this morning until I finished it. My 10 year old finished her copy before me and was beaming with how much she like it. Shannon's writing is delightful and engaging, and somehow pervasive with the hope of cupcakes at the end.

The magic is enchanting, the characters full of life. Sophie is pitch perfect with her wild 12-year old emotions which could completely empathize with. She experiences an isolation that many 12-year olds go through only hers beco
Mar 18, 2012 Myrna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Best book I've read this year. If the Weasley twins were your favorite HARRY POTTER characters, this book is for you. Dex and Keefe kept me laughing. And Sophie was SO easy to love and relate to. Great characters + an intricate plot = one fabulous read. I couldn't love it more. 6 stars ;o)
Oct 10, 2011 Karen added it
I read it in its pre-agent days but it's fabulous! :)
Ashley Brooke
'Fablehaven' by Brandon Mull. 'The Emerald Atlas' by John Stephens. 'Vampirates' by Justin Somper. 'Harry Potter' by JK Rowling. 'Knightley Academy' by Violet Haberdasher. These are all great juvi (middle grade) titles that entertain kids 8 to 108. After sailing through this amazing read, I must add 'Keeper of the Lost Cities' to that list!

'Keeper of the Lost Cities' by Shannon Messenger is a fantastic book. You don't want to miss out on the pure enjoyment found in this debut novel. 'Keeper of t
Melissa Buell
I received the ARC for KEEPER at BEA this year and I read it in one day (it was SO good that I couldn't put it down!). I loved the way Messenger weaved a new story about elves/humans/other magical creatures in a way that hasn't been done before. Sophie is a wonderful character and I was caught up in her story and how she came to be and what her future holds. I loved the side characters as well. Dex is a great friend! There's a lot of suspense and mystery in the book, which I loved!

I look forward
Stephanie O'neil
This book is going in my special cabinet with all my Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. It is one of the best middle grade fantasies I've ever read: A magical world, loveable characters, and an intense and emotional conflict. I had high expectations of this book and it still blew me away.

Full review to be posted at The Fake Steph Dot Com closer to release date.
AMAZING. And epic. And Brilliant. This is a seriously stunning book that totally captured me and blew me away. I so cannot wait for more, and this is absolutely a book EVERYONE needs to read.
Once I got hooked by Sophie I couldn't stop. Definitely will be on my purchased for my students list!

H.D. Tolson
Guys, Shannon Messenger has made a fan of middle grade. A hard core fan.

full review to come.
Shannon Messenger is going to take the world by storm with her debut in Keeper of the Lost Cities. Everything about this book was just so awesome. The world, the characters, the story, and so much more. I was absolutely captivated and am already counting down for another Shannon Messenger book!

The originality behind everything with Shannon Messenger's world was mesmerizing. I loved the blend of the world, the new spin on a fantastical creature everyone knows, and all the abilities. It really set
Ashley (yAdult Review)
Originally posted at Nose in a Book

I would love to blame Tina for the fact I’m reviewing a “middle school” book, but Tina isn’t at fault. The author of this book is. That’s right, I’m blaming the author Shannon Messenger. It’s okay, I can, I’m friends with the author. Friends in the sense I bother her via email and twitter. But that won’t skew the review. I recently became friends with Messenger via snark, Saved by the Bell, and mocking of each other. I’ve read her blog for awhile now and quietl
Sophie is an elf. It's nice to see someone stray from the beaten path of YA non-human characters and show the elves some appreciation. The elves live in their own world full of the cities from human mythology, like Atlantis and Shangri-la. I loved the mysterious Black Swan group and the rumors and conspiracy theories surrounding it. I could barely put the book down because I wanted to figure it out and I was kept guessing until the end. The nexus, light-leaping, pretty much all of the elven tech ...more
Amelia Loken
I followed Shannon Messenger's blog for nearly a year before this book was published. I enjoyed the beginning, but once Sophie starts her new life and begins attending her new school, the story really takes off. I loved each new friend she made. I laughed at their antics, I worried when Sophie had troubles with them and wondered how they would play in the ever-unfolding mystery of Sophie's past.

The last several chapters I was alternating between squealing and biting my nails. SO satisfactory in
I'm not sure I have the words to describe reading this book; everything I can think to say sounds too little, too small, or too inadequate. This book was mesmerizing. I laughed, I giggled, I bawled like a baby (complete with noises, no silent tears here), I'm sure anyone near me would have thought me a loon. Sophie is just a girl, 12 years old and she's always been different - she just never knew how different. Elves, goblins, dinosaurs, and unicorns; it was so captivating that next week I'm sur ...more
Cambria Dillon
This is the first MG book that really has me scratching my head and wondering what the heck I've been missing by not reading MG before!

Keeper is so fast-paced, with a richly thought out world, and a main character and supporting cast that are defined, layered, and a blast to discover. It's an accessible Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter but with a strong female protagonist who's curious, intuitive, and sassy.

Keeper of the Lost Cities has quickly made its way to my faves list and I can't wait
Jul 01, 2012 Brandi rated it 5 of 5 stars
So far I like the book cover, premise and author. I think that's a good place to start. Let the reading begin! ... Pg. 17 and I already can't put this down! I'm so glad I chose this for my vacation reading. So far, this makes me think of Louis Sachar's Someday Angeline (a book I read so many times as a kid I practically had it memorized) and super hero comics, like The Avengers or XMen. But not a comic, obviously.
Kids Write Reviews
Keeper of the Lost Cities is over-all an amazing book. It’s about a girl named Sophie Foster who realizes she is an elf. She gets taken to the land of elves by an elf named Fitz, who she has a MAJOR crush on. I would go on and on about how amazing and detailed this book is, but then you wouldn’t have to read the book.

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Hi! I'm the author of the KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES series and the LET THE SKY FALL series, both published by Simon & Schuster. I also eat lots of cupcakes, have an embarrassing number of cats, and spend way too much time on the internetz. You can find links to all the places you can cyberstalk me (in the NON creepy way, please) ;) at


And yes, I DO accept friend requests
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“Fitz pulled her forward, and the warm tingling in her hand shot through her body--like a million feathers swelling underneath her skin, tickling her from the inside out.” 24 likes
“Across the river, a row of crystal castles glittered in the sunlight in a way that would make Walt Disney want to throw rocks at his “Magic Kingdom.” 15 likes
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