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The Forbidden Stone

(The Copernicus Legacy #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,543 ratings  ·  382 reviews
Rick Riordan meets Dan Brown in this exhilarating and adventurous new tween series from beloved and bestselling author Tony Abbott.

The Copernicus Legacy has everything middle-grade readers love-an international adventure, a compelling friendship story, and a mission that draws on history and astronomy. Readers who loved Percy Jackson will be eager to follow our heroes on t
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Fiona I would recommend ages 9-14. There aren't any adult themes, but there is some action and violence that younger children may not enjoy or understand. A…moreI would recommend ages 9-14. There aren't any adult themes, but there is some action and violence that younger children may not enjoy or understand. Also, some of it may go over the head of younger children, especially if the don't even know who Nicholas Copernicus was.(less)
Claire Caterer The story opens in Texas and then the action moves to Berlin, Rome, and Guam. Present day.

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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I got a copy of this book from the publisher for free through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

The Forbidden Stone is the first book of six in The Copernicus Legacy. It follows the adventure of four friends, Wade, Darrel, Lily and Becca after they receive a strange coded message from their 'uncle' Henry shortly after the man's death. When Wade's father Roald travels with the children to Germany in order to attend the funeral they find another strange message left by their uncle and a c
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of the 39 clues series. I found them to be interesting, educational, and move quickly enough to keep me interested even when I got super busy. Unfortunately, once they switched to the Cahills vs Vespers thing I lost interest. When I saw this and started reading some of the reviews, I got excited that I may have found my next series that would include the mix of adventure and history that I missed. I'm glad that I wasn't disappointed.

The basics of this book is the set-up an
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as dnf
Recommends it for: Kids ages 8-13
Recommended to K by: My library
DNF @ 25%. I'm just not in the mood for this one. Maybe I will pick it up again some other time, I'm not sure but it was kind of boring. ...more
Mary ♥
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.7 stars actually

It was a very good journey, with funny characters, many adventures and lots of twists and turns. I loved Wade and all the other characters were amazing too basically (also, was I the only one who shipped Lily and Becca?)

The bad thing was that it reminded me so much of the 39 cules. The only difference was that this had magic involved. I felt I would have enjoyed it WAY more if I hadn't read 39 clues yet, it felt more predictable now.

The cover was really cute though and oh my,
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the start of what promises to be a very fun series. It reminded me of Indiana Jones or even The DaVinci Code, with a group of kids and adults piecing together information to find a lost invention of Copernicus. There were a few lucky coincidences, but not as many as I'd feared, and the historical and scientific information was presented very naturally, with no big info dumps. ...more
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Aug 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Did not like. At all.

I hated the writing. I hated the ellipses. Oh the ellipses. Nobody should ever use that many ellipses in a book. It was awful. Turn a page. Ellipse. Read a paragraph. Another ellipse. THERE WERE TOO MANY ELLIPSES.

"Darrell, on the other hand..." (page 176)

"The tram made another s-l-o-w stop. Three passengers got off. Probably going to sleep.
How much longer...?" (page 177)

"'Are you ready?' she whispered. 'This exact kind of dagger is called a pug...pugnale...pugnale Bolognese
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I love books aimed at middle school kids. They are exciting, adventurous, and generally fun to read. I use them the same way you eat raspberry sorbet between courses. They cleanse my literary palette after reading too many complicated or long books. You can open them up, start reading and just let your imagination take over.

This was probably not my best choice for doing the aforementioned "cleansing". The basic story was fine: A few friends and one parent travel from the US to Germany to attend
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway - Thank you!
This was like reading The DaVinci Code for kids! Lots of adventure, sophisticated clues to follow, and some history lessons too!

Four middle school friends head to Europe with one of the children's father to attend the funeral of the father's college professor. The professor was a close family friend and was thought of as and Uncle. One of the boys, Wade, has an astrology map that the professor had sent him as a birthda
Genesis Princesita
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When i read the tittle i thought that this was a copy of harry potter ha! I couldn't be more wrong!! This turned to be a mix between harry potter, the mommy (movie), national treasure (movie) and a lot of twist that you read on dan brown's books!!!
And i loooove it.
Erleen Alvarez
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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From astronomy to geography, to time travelling and world history, the first book in Tony Abbott's newest middle grade series, The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone, has it all. It's like National Treasure kids edition and in book format. It is an exhilarating fast-paced and globe-trotting adventure with lots of puzzle-solving, intense escape scenes and treasure hunting that all ages will surely love.

Wade, Darrell, Lily and Becca's plans for spring
Kat Heckenbach
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
More like 4.5 stars.

This is one of those books that lies in the sweet spot right on the edge of Middle Grade and Young Adult--a spot I happen to really like.

Wade and his stepbrother Darrell find a coded message in their dad/stepdad's email while hanging out in his astronomy lab. Their dad says the message must be a game at first, but they discover the sender, a family friend they call Uncle Henry, has been killed. What ensues is a tromp across the globe, narrow escapes from baddies, and much clu
Terri Lynn
I am glad that my local public library system recommended this book to me. Though the 4 kids in the book are supposed to be middle grade students, they sound and act more like high school seniors or young adults. These are brainy kids who know lots of science, math, history, and literature and one of the girls is an expert internet user.

Wade's dad is an astronomy professor. Roald, the dad, is divorced from Wade's mom who lives in LA (Roald and Wade live in Texas) and remarried to very smart Sar
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4-6th graders
I may have to start a shelf for treasure hunters type of books. It is becoming a genre in itself. It started with 39 clues which I welcomed as a needed change from Fantasy, but is becoming more and more prevalent. Now Abbott, the Droon series author, has taken a stab at it. It is real good in that it is science based which is a nice change. 39 Clues and its spinoffs had a chemical formula as the item they needed to hunt down, but was really historical based. This seems more science based. It is ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book promised me adventure, secret codes, clues, and a relic hunt. This book delivered. It was a lot of fun relic hunting along with the main quartet. It was often easy to figure out what was being hinted at (well, it is a book intended for a younger audience!), but when my ideas were confirmed I got goosebumps and had to take breaks to calm myself.

The narrative was easy to follow without being off-putting for older readers. The story was fast-paced and entertaining making it hard for me to
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this title. I really liked it! I haven't read a young readers/ middle grade title in a while and I blew threw this one. The story was great! It was really suspenseful and had me guessing what the characters would do next. I liked that there were shorter chapters as I found myself saying, "Oh I will just read another chapter." 100 pages later I was cruising through this book. After finishing it I can't wait to see what book 2 holds. If you are a fan of the 39 clues series, ...more
Maggie Dore
Sep 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was probably the most confusing, mind-boggling and horrible story I have ever read.
I judge a book by its cover. Literally. I happened to pick up this book and I took one look at the cover and I thought "This will be awesome."
Nope. Jamais. Never. Nun-uh.
I read this book, and as I read it, I picked up cheesy lines in the story like:
“The sky is where mathematics and magic become one.” ... and this weird word:
“Gelehrsamkeit”-- whatever THAT means.

Anyways, this book was complex for nothin
Very slow start (I seriously considered giving up at 10% in or so) but once the actual adventure kicked off, it wasn't bad. Cliffhanger ending, but I'm not entirely sure I wish to continue. ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pure-fiction
A good book that I expected more of. I was recommended this by Ms. Digisi, who was recommended it by Mr. Longnecker, my former science teacher, who might have been recommended it by some place else.

There is a scene that takes place in the graveyard of the Brothers Grimm. I couldn't help but be reminded of A Grimm Warning, because both books include a bookish girl whose name beings with "B" and the main character has a crush on. On the topic of Becca, I wonder what her parents do. And how she be
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was extraordinarily written, with lots of neat clues and such leading to the next clue and so on. I can't decide weather it's a 4 star of 3.5. Let me explain why. I really only have two main reasons. One, mysteries just aren't really my type of book. Of course, I always appreciate finding some stuff out, but in general, I tend to lean towards non-mystery books. While I was reading this, I was actually kind of busy and I didn't read the thing all in a couple shots like I do sometimes with bo ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
When my son was in 1st or 2nd grade, we read aloud Tony Abbott's entire Secrets of Droon series. It took nearly a year, but it was worth it. We enjoyed every book. Around that time, we met Tony at a children's book festival and picked up this one. My son tried to read it, but it's middle grade and he wasn't ready for it, so he put it aside.

A couple of weeks ago (and also several years later), we were looking for our next read aloud and he dug through his to-read bin and pulled it back out. We w
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
When reading this book I was reminded of Harry Potter. If you know me you would know that is a pretty high compliment. The mix of characters was great and realistic. I enjoyed having Darrell as some comic relief. He was one of my favorites. I loved the puzzles and clues as they went on their adventure to find the relic. In middle school I would have torn through this series like I did Harry Potter, but reading it at 25 was enjoyable as well. Great idea for a series, Tony Abbott knows how to keep ...more
Hannah Belyea
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Wade, his step-brother Darrell, and their father learn that Uncle Henry was murdered after sending them a strange coded email, the trio and their friends Becca and Lily head to Germany to figure out why - only to end up on a worldwide race involving hidden relics and a dastardly ancient organization hot on their trail! Abbot delivers a fast-paced adventure full of humour and heart. Sure to please readers with its nonstop action and exciting twists!
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
All the elements about this book are my favorites....
Adventure, travelling around the world, suspense, history.... Everything seem so cool!

Dont take me wrong, I liked the experience, it is just that it misses a lot of details.

Nonetheless I will continue reading the series;)
May 26, 2019 added it
Couldn't finished. Sat on my shelf for months. ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really fun middle-grade read - looking forward to continuing the series!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing and 432 pages of the book and only a week's adventure. Also this whole 12< book series started because one of the main characters was hungry. With the group of kids and a few adults trying to find all the missing relics before this organization kills them. ...more
Barb Middleton
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
An entertaining read that I won't remember a week from now. Wade, Lily, Becca, Darrel, and Wade's dad go to Germany for an uncle's funeral after they receive a coded message from him. In Germany the four discover clues that show the uncle was protecting one of twelve relics that resulted in him being murdered by the Teutonic Order. This group wants the relics for the wrong reasons and Wade learns that his uncle was a guardian of an ancient secret extremely powerful. More consecutive clues lead W ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on my blog Carpe Librum
Thoughts prior to reading it:
I haven't read many middle grade books so I was excited. Although they say to never judge a book by its cover I did when I saw the cover. It looked very promising. I didn't want to read too much of the plot because I wanted to go into the book unprepared and discovered everything along with the characters. Sometimes this is the best way to read a book because by reading the synopsis it looks so promising you begin t
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
pretty good book, and I love the clues and the way they go all around the world.
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Tony Abbott (born 1952) is an American author of children's books. His most popular work is the book series The Secrets of Droon, which includes over 40 books. He has sold over 12 million copies of his books and they have been translated into several other languages, including Italian, Spanish, Korean, French, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, and Russian. He has also written the bestseller Firegirl.


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