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The Emerald Atlas by John  Stephens
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Jan 28, 2014

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bookshelves: fantasy, monsters, sci-fi-fantasy, siblings
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Chris's Rating: 3.5 stars
Kate, Michael and Emma are orphans who are not orphans. They have been passed from orphanage to crummy orphanage, but insist their parents will return because Kate recalls a promise from her mother. Messing up their last good chance at adoption by humorously insulting the wealthy lady interested in them, they are sent to another orphanage which is quite different from any they have ever been in. For one thing, the three siblings are the only children, for another magic and danger lurks in their new living quarters. The children travel through time facing adventures, trying to save friends and innocents and if possible keep the magical "Emerald Atlas" out of the hands of those who would use its magical powers for their own selfish purposes.
The Emerald Atlas was enjoyable. The children occasionally were somewhat annoying, but at the same time kept the story interesting. The biggest annoyance was that there were parts of the story that were repeated several times because of the confusion created in time travel (which time-travel all takes place in about a 15 year time-span). This book is likely to appeal to children 8-11 who enjoy a bit of magical action, and reading about children who overcome trials despite the hardships that come their ways.

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