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The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby
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it was amazing
bookshelves: action, adventure, fantasy, elementary, folklore, historical, middleschool, realistic, survival, tragedy, war

Matthew J. Kirby adds another winner to his oeuvre! This old fashioned adventure yarn reminds me (in style and feel but not in language or pace) of Treasure Island/Kidnapped and also H Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines. The mix of fact, myth, fiction and fantasy is superb (and the author is scrupulous about separating out which is which in a end note), the characters are well-developed. The themes of 'walking your own path' and appreciating similarities and differences are seamlessly integrated and beautifully illuminated. The final battle against the French is terrifically exciting and I love the use of steampunk technology to wage it. My only quibble is that the main female character, Jane, is a bit girly but I suppose that's probably period appropriate. Will kids like it? Icefall is a hard sell but is appreciated by those who do read it - I think this might be an easier one to get kids to read and the adventure will keep them gripped.
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Started Reading
June 17, 2013 – Shelved
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: action
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: adventure
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: elementary
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: folklore
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: middleschool
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: historical
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: realistic
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: survival
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: tragedy
June 17, 2013 – Shelved as: war
June 17, 2013 – Finished Reading

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