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The 8th Continent

(The Eighth Continent #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A hilarious around-the-world adventure with a great environmental message!

Evie and Rick Lane are determined to transform the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a real life pile of floating garbage—into an eighth continent, using a special formula developed by their father. This new continent will be a place where their family can live free from the intervention of Winterpole, a
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Razorbill
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Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg
While I was reading an advance copy of The 8th Continent last weekend, it kept reminding me of favorite stories from my childhood. I used to love adventure books starring smart kids like the Danny Dunn series by Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams; the Alvin Fernald books by Clifford B. Hicks; the Three Investigators by Robert Arthur, Jr.; Matthew Looney by Jerome Beatty, Jr.; and of course, the Tom Swift books by Victor Appleton. It also captured the same humor, epicness, and thrills of one of t ...more
Emmaline MacBeath
The Lane family is at it again! Evie and Rick along with their scientist father trespass on to Winterpole protected land to save an endangered bird. Unfortunately, this is illegal. They are caught and Dad is put under house arrest. Evie is worried about how this will look at school and Rick is worried about what Mom will do when she finds out. In a basement laboratory, the kids stumble on plans for a formula called the Eden compound which turns garbage into living matter. The kids set out to fin ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish, j
I retract my claim on booktalking this for SRP.

Hated the computer-ish graphics, and 20 pages in, my impression had not improved. I think I stopped when it was revealed that the environmental crusaders own a ship upholstered in leather.

Maybe it gets better, but I couldn't push through.

Such a shame. It's a wasted concept.
Jul 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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The earth in the future is being taken over by garbage and bureaucracy. Rick and Evie and their dad get in trouble with Winterpole after saving a bird whose habitat has become a landfill. Because of previous infractions dad is placed under house arrest, but not before he tells the kids about a secret formula he created years ago that would turn garbage into organic material. Winterpole found out about it and wanted to use it to make weapons (not sure how that would work) so dad and his partner s ...more
Aug 08, 2014 added it
Shelves: middle-grade, arc
This is a very fun read that does a great job of combining real-world environmental issues with zany, madcap adventures, complete with bird-shaped robots and other imaginative futuristic technology. I can see middle-graders just eating it up!
Kate Hannigan
Such a fun premise, trying to make some good come out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This book is fast-paced, full of thrills and humor and some seriously adventuresome kids. I loved the way they got around, on their flying tree. It will be exciting to see what's ahead for this project!
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle School
219 pgs. This book/series seems more suited for middle school readers. I read 4 chapters/39 pages and decided that it was beyond what elementary kids would get into. The main character in the story is an eighth grader and their school situations are more mature. It has some far-out adventures and is sort of interesting but I really did not get into it too much. I didn’t like it when the dad told the kids not to tell their mom they were skipping school. That is not cool. At any rate, it might be ...more
Tyler Standish
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: talon-s-books
Talon thought it was a little cringy.... Whatever that means.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I won an advanced copy of this book from Goodread First Reads. First off, I love reading books by new author that I haven’t heard of. It is a great way to find my next favorite author. So thanks Good reads for introducing to Matt London. I had so much fun reading this book. When I babysat my nephews and niece I read aloud to the younger ones and the oldest one would try to read over my shoulder.
I don’t have anything negative to say about it so I will list my favorite. I thought the book was grea
A.K. Hudson
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The 8th Continent is a fast-paced adventure book for kids. The brother and sister duo, Rick and Evie Lane, are determined to make their world a better place by transforming the Great Pacific Garbage Patch into a lush Eden. Their vision is to create a safe-haven in a trash-filled industrial world and save their father from the bureaucratic nightmare that is Winterpole. The author slips in bits of science trivia along the way, making this book a fun way for kids to learn while being swept away on ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Brother and sister team Evie and Rick Lane find themselves in a death defying quest to claim the Eighth Continent. This is a continent in the Pacific Ocean created from garbage which settled in a huge area due to the direction of the tides and currents in this location of the Pacific Ocean. (There is a real garbage dump in the Pacific Ocean, as described in the title "Plastics Ahoy") This island would provide the Lanes with a home protected from the imperious rules of Winterpole, unreasonable re ...more
Courtney Quinn
Dec 18, 2016 marked it as abbey
Nov 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was really excited when I read the premise for this book. Island building on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Yes, please! However, the setting is some vague time in the very high-tech, sci fi future, even though the Garbage Patch is a real issue today, which I think slightly undermines the significance of the issue. The main characters are also stereotypes, though I do like that combination of sibling squables and working together. I am tired of the brainy characters being non-athletic, anti- ...more
Alexa Hamilton
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tween, kids-books
The plot is like a video game--lots of action and adventure that requires suspension of disbelief about the world Evie and Rick live in. The writing was clunky and focused on the action. I was hopeful that the video game tie in online would be awesome but it's really only a mini game with no story line.

There are definitely reluctant readers who will dive into this book if you can get it into their hands. The inventions in this future world are hilarious and fun and I wish they were in an awesome
Rebecca Petruck
Despite problems and hurdles galore, this book felt so joyful! Full of humor, fantastic one-liners and asides, a nice dynamic between the brother and sister, and engaging parents--not to mention one of the best evil villains ever! (I mean she's a blonde 11yo who loves pink and plastic and is the secret CEO of CondoCorp--what's not to love/hate?) The Eighth Continent is a very happy book and sure to be a happy place.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Decent read with my middle school boy, otherwise not super impressed. Although I imagine I will read the next one when it comes time.

The character development was a bit rough, but I think it is relate to the age group this is directed towards. I like that it us teaching a good concept.

My 11 year old preferred the maze runner series over this though.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Taking place in the future, when giant corporations rule the world, Rick and Evie Lane set out to turn the Pacific Garbage Patch into an eighth continent. Contains strong messages about pollution. A little too overdone. Grades 4-6.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween-book-club
Read for tween book club. The kids enjoyed reading this book, we were able to discuss a little about the environment.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Good book
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
it was a very good book it had some very intense moments.and anyone who likes adventure will LOVE this book
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Packaging for this title is excellent - cover is beautiful and appealing. It's an interesting premise and off to a good start. Hopefully it will have kid appeal.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 9th-grade
A very quick, funny, quirky book - loved it!
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Cool futuristic ideas with environmental themes tied in. Vocabulary was surprisingly high in places, but plot moved quickly. First in series; reminded me of Genius Files.
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Laura Phelps
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Kevin Silbernagel
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Mike Grosso
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Matt London was born near San Francisco but grew up in Massachusetts, Texas, and Florida. He now lives in New York City with his wife Jordan Hamessley.

A 2009 graduate of the Clarion Workshop, Matt is the author of The 8th Continent, forthcoming from Razorbill, a division of Penguin Books. His other work has been featured in The Living Dead 2, Realms of Fantasy, Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, and on

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