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The Pillars of Ponderay

(The Balance Keepers #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Albert Flynn is psyched to return to the Core, the magical world at the center of the earth where Balance Keepers fix problems in three underground Realms. Last term, Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy saved New York by fixing the Calderon Realm and were crowned First Unit, aka the Coolest Kids in the Core.

Now Albert and his teammates have been called
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

After adoring The Fires of Calderon, I was beyond excited to pick up the second book in the Balance Keepers trilogy by Lindsay Cummings entitled The Pillars of Ponderay. In this sequel, readers follow Albert, Leroy, and Birdie as they are called back to the Core for an emergency during the holiday season. There is an Imbalance in Ponderay, and Team Hydra competes against Team Argon to determine who will get the chance to enter the realm. I was a bit worried about how this second book w
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
My Review:
This is book two, please note that it might contain spoilers if you have not read the first book

This is without a doubt one of my favorite middle grade series. I read the first book last year and totally loved how different it was but it has the same feel, similar to Harry Potter in the way of the friendship between the characters and the secrets of the world they live in. The story brings Albert, Birdie and Leroy back to the Core during the off season of balance keeping. They us
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second book in The Balance Keepers series finds Albert and his friends returning to the core once again, this time to train and compete for the chance to enter the Ponderay realm. They're competing against Hoyt's team and their time away from the core hasn't made him any friendlier. The imbalance in Ponderay is getting worse every day and there are signs that there's a traitor among them, someone who has been causing the imbalances and putting the world at risk. Can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie ...more
Micah DeGraw
Summary: Albert goes to the Core during Christmas break, along with his other friends, Leroy and Birdie. When they get to the core, team Argon, the rivals of team Hydra, are beating Hydra in the pit. Then the Ponderay realm becomes unbalanced, and team Argon and team Hydra have to go to the realm together. Just when balance is about to be restored, Hoyt, a member of team argon, betrays them. But, just in time Albert restores balance to the realm.

The lesson in this book is teamwork is the best wa
Jan farnworth
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love how this book was stronger in the action in adventure then the first book. It was perfect for a book two you knew the characters and how things worked so all that set up has all ready been taken care. You get all story and action. I also love how you are scared and on the edge of your seat all the way to last few chapters. I also love how not all the questions are solved in this book so their plenty of story left for another book or maybe a lot more books. Lots of potential for this book ...more
david y biblioflick
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this book is way better than the first one.
Action-packed, more mysterious, more weird but quite awesome CORE creatures and we are introduced to (view spoiler) The construction of the Ponderay realm is really good plus and the scenes where they try to regain the balance of the Realm is breathtaking. And the ending!!! Another cliffhanger - can't wait to read the last book in the trilogy.
Sarena Nanua
Absolutely loved the second installment in the Balance Keepers series!! Review to come soon
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Albert, Birdie and Leroy are called back to the Core over Christmas break, this time when earthquakes and hurricanes hit the coast of California, where Albert's mom and siblings are vacationing.

Again, an imbalance in the Core is causing havoc topside, but this time in the realm of Ponderay.

And unlike last time, when they had time to prepare, the threat escalates much more quickly and hits the training grounds. Two teams -- Hoyt's Argon and Albert's Hydra -- are sent to right the imbalance.

Hannah Belyea
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Albert, Birdie and Leroy are welcomed back to the Core sooner that planned as the realm of Ponderay is threatened by imbalance - and the harder they train, the clearer it becomes that someone is out there, waiting to strike...waiting to bring down not only the realms, but the world above, as well! Cummings delivers another satisfying journey with plenty of charm and heart, sure to have readers begging for more. Could there be even more secrets to the history of the Master Tile - and what does it ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book really hypes me when Albert and his friends undergoes another rescue mission. Only this time they noticed something sinister happening. It is up to them to stop another disastrous events that will happen from above where their family are while finding out the special in Albert's Tile.

So many mixed emotions in this second book now I really want to get my hands for the third and final book.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Albert, Leroy and Birdie return to the core when hurricanes start off the coast of California. The Pillars of Ponderay are out of balance. Two teams of three go into Ponderay to restore balance.
The lead up to go into Ponderay was long, partly how it was written but also it took me a while to get through it as I read other books too.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book from Lindsay Cummings!
In this exciting sequel, Albert and his friends face even higher stakes, new friendships are formed and challenges are taken on...
This has been such a good series so far and I’m so excited (and equally nervous) to wrap up The Balance Keepers trilogy! (Please don’t break my heart TOO much with the finale, Lindsay)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found the plot too unbelievable, especially at the same two points that were mentioned in the review by Becky B ( On top of that, the arrogant stupidity of that character was never properly dealt with. So in my opinion this is not a good book for children. ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars
Shawnna Lea
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am reading this series to my niece and nephew and they love it! Every night they ask if I'm coming to read and they jump all over saying they are balance keepers. Great books.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Becky B
It's almost Christmas when another imbalance in a realm starts threatening the core, and the entire Earth. This time it is the imbalance is in Ponderay. A land of rock formations and a cold, cold sea. The imbalance seems to have been sabotage by one of the Core's own to have followed so closely on the heals of the imbalance in Calderon. Albert and his two Hydra teammates are called in specially to the core to train against team Argon for the chance to enter the realm and right the balance. Hydra ...more
*NOTE: This is a review of the entire trilogy.*

I'd heard great things about Lindsay Cumming's The Murder Complex duology. I hadn't heard many things about her Balance Keepers trilogy, but I had been wanting to read a lot of middle grade fantasy books lately, so I figured I'd try it before The Murder Complex. I ended up loving it. In fact, I loved it so much that I read the entire trilogy in two days, which is no easy feat considering the size of the books.

I loved everything about The Balance Kee
Luke Hu
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow I can't believe it how many books will there be in the series I need to know now and when does this book comes out?

Edit: This is behind us now.
The book was amazing. It had all of the great things the first book had. The first book was a little bit better, but you can't have perfection, can you? Anyway, this book had plenty of new things, even if it is the second time around. That's not a bad thing, though! The Pillars of Ponderay just enriched the Core and gave us a peek into how vastly diff
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016, series
Lindsay Cummings delivers again with a narrative just as thrilling and captivating as The Fires of Calderon.

Do I sound like a fangirl? Probably because I am.

Albert, Leroy, and Birdie are three dimensional characters who you can't help rooting for and caring about. We learn even more about the Core as our heroes return and we face yet another realm in imbalance. The plot is fast paced and will keep the reader enthralled. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but in a way that feels satisfying
Kevin Lau
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's rare to see a sequel be better than it's predecessor, especially in a planned trilogy where the second books usually feel like a filler. However, Lindsay Cummings manages to not only continue the overarching plot, but also gives us more insight of the characters.

This book was very character-driven compared to the last one and the action was a lot easier to follow. The stakes were raised, more sacrifices had to be made, and it all ends with another cliffhanger that has me pumped for the fin
Sophie Zamora
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for kids and adults with dreams, or for those who like a little adventure once in a while. Every time I read this book I get this wonderful feeling in the pit of my stomach. It's like I don't want it to end, but it makes me want to shut the book. It has deep words and I actually know or understand the characters emotions, just by reading the text. I think that Lindsay Cummings put a lot of thought in this book. Overall, I think Ms.Cummings is a great author and everyone shou ...more
San Diego Book Review
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mrs.Heather Lassley
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful follow up to the first Balance Keepers book! I cannot wait to share this with my students in the fall!
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! AMAZING! Great new characters and the new traitor aspect to the book kept the book suspenseful.
Calvin Grover
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THis is my favorite book. I highly recommend this book to people who have read the first Balance Keepers book. I like the action and cliff hanging and things like that.
Jun 14, 2016 added it
I thought it was grabbing
Jul 20, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-new
Stacy Cameron
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great second book for middle grades readers. Full of action and never a dull moment.
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