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Quest for Merlin's Map

(The Jumper Chronicles #1)

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Charlie is an awkward twelve-year old living a normal life till he is abducted and thrust into a world of ever-looming danger, a world of Magic, of Angry Gods, and Creatures that are should only exist inside of fairytales. 

Charlie and his three friends must unravel the mysteries of their new found abilities, save the father Charlie has never known, and uncover a secret tha
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 25th 2010 by Savant Books & Publications LLC (first published July 23rd 2010)
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Cheryl
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When Charlie was just a baby, his father disappeared leaving his mother to raise him. Flash forward to the present. Charlie is celebrating his twelve birthday. While ice skating at the pond with his best friend, Bailey; Charlie spots a strange old man watching them. Charlie and Bailey arrive back at his house to find both Charlie and Bailey's mothers talking to the same man at the pond. The old man introduces himself as Professor Henry Grayson. Grayson is Headmaster at the Thornfield School for ...more
Sarah Sammis
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Quest for Merlin's Map by W. C. Peever is the first of the Jumper Chronicles. It takes two traditional story types: the magical boarding school and the Arthurian legends and blends them together into something refreshingly new.

Twelve year old best friends Charlie Burrows and Bailey Relling are visited by a mysterious man who warns them that they are in grave danger. He can offer them protection and an education to help them hone their awakening magical powers. They are taken by QILT (Quick I
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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
I'd give it 4.5

Charlie Burrows is a normal 12 year old boy with a normal 12 year old best friend named Bailey. The two of them have grown up together in the seaside town of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Both of them have no idea where their dads disappeared to when they were mere toddlers, but the arrival of a strange man shakes up their seemingly normal world as they’re spirited to a far-away castle and a world they never knew existed.

Peever has done something that rivals the likes of J.K. Rowling
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Jennifer
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Jumper Chronicles is a thrilling story about a young boy named Charlie and his best friend Bailey. Their fathers disappeared when they were both very young and haven't been seen since. They have bonded as much as two friends could, each watching the others back over the years. As they each turn twelve, they find themselves at Thornfield Academy. Thornfield Academy is a place for the magically gifted, where they will find out what exactly their gift is and how to harness it's power. Soon they ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for TeensReadToo.com

Charlie Burrows' twelfth birthday brings a few surprises that concern both himself and his best friend, Bailey Relling.

First, they see a strange man watching them ice skate at the local pond. Then, when they get home, hoping to share a meal and some birthday cake, they overhear their mothers arguing with that same man. He introduces himself as Professor Henry Grayson, and he is the headmaster at a private school where he wants the children to at
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Lisa Nocita
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it
The Jumper Chronicles: Quest for Merlin's Map has the distinct feel of being a Harry Potter wannabe. There are some inventive differences, but all in all, it feels like a less well written Harry Potter. Also, I feel as though the publisher may be a clearinghouse for self-published works. My copy of the book had its actual date of printing published in the book, which coincided with the day I purchased the book through Amazon. And, there were numerous errors in spelling, punctuation, and word cho ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
Quest for Merlin's Map was such a fun, magical read. I didn't except to be so swept up in the fantasy, adventure and lore than made up the story. It's a book that has very minor similarities to other books out there, but enough that it will draw fans of magic, and fantasy in.

Twelve year old Charlie Burrows has a gift that he inherited from the father he never knew, World Jumping. In finding his talent, Charlie is suddenly whisked away from his mother and home, and brought to a magic school in En
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Quest for Merlin's Map was such a fun, magical read. I didn't except to be so swept up in the fantasy, adventure and lore than made up the story. It's a book that has very minor similarities to other books out there, but enough that it will draw fans of magic, and fantasy in.

Twelve year old Charlie Burrows has a gift that he inherited from the father he never knew, World Jumping. In finding his talent, Charlie is suddenly whisked away from his mother and home, and brought to a magic school in En
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Briana
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
When I got a request to review this book, I was uncertain about whether or not it would be something I would enjoy. Whenever I get a request, the first thing I look at it is the cover to see if it attracts me. I know that's not the way I should judge a book by first impression, but that's just how I've always been! With that said, I'm not attracted to the cover. It's a nice cover, but it just doesn't look like my type of book, at first glance. However, The Quest for Merlin's Map, pleasantly surp ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
First, I want to say how much I love the cover of this book. The artist did a fantastic job.

When Charlie Burrows was two, his father disappeared. So, at a young age he became the "man" of the house, it's just something he has always known. On his twelfth birthday, he and his friend Bailey are instantly transported to Thornfield School, unbeknownst to them until they awake. A man had come to the house earlier wanting to take them to England, saying their fathers had died in honor to the Queen, b
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Jennifer
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I was blown away by Quest for Merlin's Map. I'm not sure exactly what I expected, but it definitely wasn't the perfect blend of boarding school, mythology and Arthurian legend that I was given.

Any young adult book that includes a boarding school for magically inclined students will forever be compared to Harry Potter. While Quest for Merlin's Map brings to mind the Harry Potter series as well as the Percy Jackson series, the similarities are all positive. This first book in The Jumper Chronicles
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I really liked how the author was able to combine Norse mythology and the legend of King Author into this book. I found his reasoning fascinating and it made for a very good story.

Charlie Burrow's is twelve and his world is changed when he finds out that he holds ancient mythical powers handed down from the Norse God's. He is part of an order that protects the world and keeps the "bad" God's from taking over.

He is a descendant of Merlin, and as such, is sought after for his abilities that are pa
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Ellen
Nov 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
I was disappointed in the amount of time spent on emphasizing that there are many Gods. I can suspend reality a bit with fantasy books. I even let it slide as poor proofreading in a e-book version that "christian" and "messiah" remained uncapitalized when "Gods" always appeared with caps. But when Moses was said to be in the Order and his staff was an object of power, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Even though my nephew suggested I read this, I'll have to beg his forgiveness and pass on the re ...more
W.C. Peever
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I have to love this book...I wrote it! However I must say I have not read it since it arrived at my house from the publisher! When you edit a book you read it so many times that you just cant pick it up again for a while…but I do plan on reading it again at some point, as I love the story and I will need to follow up on some of the information as I write the series, the second book is done and now in editing…
Noah Shafer
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good book, the opening kind of takes after the first book in the Percy Jackson series though. You'll most likely love this book, the characters are fun, the plot great, and the twists are amazing. I love how it somewhat incorporates references to other stories.
Great read guys, you won't regret it.
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Heather
I tried three times to finish the book, but got confused with so much going on with the mythology and numerous worlds. I found myself confused. Other reviews I've read really enjoyed it. Just not a good match for me. ...more
Amanda Kern
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did not expect this book to be as good as it is. I have read the first one now I am on the second one.

It is a book for all ages. I am over 30 and enjoyed it. My nephew is enjoying it now. He is about half way through. I would recommend this book for all ages who just want a good read.
Tina
Dec 21, 2010 marked it as to-read
Can't wait to read this to my boys. It's sitting on our TBR shelf. ...more
Jack Collins
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed this almost as much as Fledgling Jason Steed. The character was real life and fun. I love it when these authors make the books fast fun and have action. Awesome book
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W. C. Peever studied creative writing at Bennington College in picturesque Vermont where he began writing about Charlie. He currently lives with his wife and two baby girls on the beautiful North Coast of Massachusetts, where he has just finished writing the second book in the Jumper Chronicles series. When he is not held up in his study, furiously writing, he is facilitating the exploration of th ...more

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