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Spring Break Book-A-Day Reading Challenge: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

JacketIt’s spring break and New Hope wishes to encourage students to keep reading at least thirty minutes every day over the break. Reading each and every day not only improves a student’s reading skills but positively affects his or her ability to learn across all disciplines.  To emphasize the importance of continuing to read every day even when school is out, Mrs. Carter has challenged herself to read a book-a-day over the break.  Her day one read is a great high fantasy titled The Emerald Atlas and written by John Stephens.

The Emerald Atlas is the first book in The Books of Beginning trilogy.  Siblings Katherine, Michael, and Emma struggle to stay together as they are shuffled from one orphanage to another.  Katherine, the eldest, is the only one of the three with vivid memories of their parents, and she is convinced that they will return for her and her younger brother and sister one day.  Their lives become even more complicated when they discover they are destined to save the world from a powerful and evil witch.  While the story starts slowly, the action picks up once the children discover their ability to travel through time and space. This fantasy read features a classic battle between good and evil and is sure to appeal to fans of the Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter.

If you enjoy The Emerald Atlas, the second book in the series titled The Fire Chronicle was just recently released.

Recommended: Grades 4 and up.