The Emerald Atlas (books Of Beginning)Rating
- Format: Deckle Edge
- Number of Pages: 432
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Called “ A new Narnia for the tween set” by the New York Times and perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials series, The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted planet. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing at all about. These 3 siblings happen to be in 1 orphanage right after another for the final ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey by way of time to dangerous and secret corners within the world. Yet these unwanted children are a lot more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. Until now. And— if an ancient prophesy is correct— what they do can modify history, and it's as a lot as them to set things right.
Amazon Best Books in the Month, April 2011: With a timeless writing style that invokes thoughts of children's fantasy classics like Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and also the Sorcerer's Stone, author John Stephens weaves a gripping tale of mystery and magic into The Emerald Atlas. --Jacqueline Segall If Stephens's comic finesse and archetypal writing style aren't enough to engage young readers, they will no doubt be captivated by the plot. Thought-provoking and enchanting, The Emerald Atlas has the makings of a children's classic. Stephens's complicated formula for time travel and fascinating explanation for the disappearance of the magical realm is so convincing that readers might start to assume that there is, in fact, much a lot more to the globe than meets the eye. His enchanting prose and spot-on wit can only be described as both hip (Stephens was previously the executive producer of Gossip Girls) and Dickensian, a delightful combination which will both engage young readers with its relatable nature and fascinate them with its aberrant charm.
John: Honestly, sometimes I ask myself that question in the reverse. That is, till the day I read The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman and realized that all I wanted to perform was write children's fantasy novels. The truth is that writing novels was my first ambition, and offered my druthers when I completed grad school, I probably would've gone off and just written books. I really kinda stunk. You learn how you can operate on a schedule, tell a satisfying story, build character, construct scenes, you create a feel for dramatic momentum… and you get to tool about the Warner Bros lot on a golf cart, which is sort of awesome. As it turned out, I needed another decade of understanding the craft before I was ready to write a novel. In fact, writing and creating television was so much fun I kind of forgot about writing books for a while. How did I ever end up in Hollywood? The only problem was that in the time I was pretty bad at it. And, fortunately, writing for Hollywood turns out to turn into a great training ground. And luckily by then I had the abilities to pull it off without embarrassing myself.
John: I hope so! Unfortunately, at present, if people are making plans, they haven't told me about them. Wouldn't that be awesome?
Amazon: I loved the characters of Kate, Emma, and Michael. Were your three young heroes inspired by anyone in your life or from your childhood? They were all so relatable. I felt as if they had been kids I had met before.
John: Kate not so much (though she does share a name with my younger sister ). I just loved that sense of incredible strength in someone so young. Well, of course one particular from the kids, this tiny rapscallion, runs away, and she has to track him down to this big city. Her closest inspiration came from a character in the film Not One Less by Zyang Yimou, where this young girl is put in charge of a schoolhouse in rural China, and also the teacher tells her that she'll be paid if all of the kids are there when he returns. And the job of finding this kid in this huge city is OVERWHELMING and yet this girl is unbelievably tenacious.
Michael, in several ways, was based on me. However, like all characters, he grew away from me and became much braver and more resourceful than I could ever hope to be. We're both the middle brother of two sisters, studious, wear glasses, believe dwarves are awesome, and have a should document our worlds.
John: The inspiration was the Adirondacks of upstate New York. A few years ago, I spent a whole lot of time up near Lake Placid and I found the region to be really magical and just imbued with history, in particular, a romantic, turn-of-the-century, Edith Wharton-type of history that I identified very appealing. It's a little bit harder to find that in the States, but I felt the Adirondacks had that top quality in spades, in precisely the same time as getting close to the old stomping grounds of Washington Irving, who sort of began the tradition of American fantasy I was trying to nod towards. British fantasy writers are surrounded by buildings, streets, and graveyards that are centuries old. Fantasy and magic seems to cling to those places.
Amazon: You have a distinctly individual voice and plotline in The Emerald Atlas, but your writing style does invoke thoughts of some children's fantasy classics. The beginning portion of The Emerald Atlas reminded me a small bit of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, while the main body of your work study far more similarly to C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia and Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, and also the action scenes reminded me the majority of J. K Rowling's Harry Potter series. Which writers would you say inspired you most as an author?
John: First off, to say that my book reminds you of those writers is genuinely a HUGE compliment, so thank you. I admire so much about J. K. Rowling's books but just to pick a couple things, she has a Dickensian affection for side characters that I also have. And though I don't love all his books, his prose is usually great. I'm deeply indebted to Edith Nesbit, most particularly for her Bastable books. Also, she shares with Roald Dahl, one particular of my other literary heroes, a taste for the comic grotesque. I love her humor, her lightness of touch and above each of the interaction of her children. From Lewis, at his best, he can convey a true sense of magic to readers, especially young readers. He believes in Lyra's world totally and he tends to make you assume in it. I feel incredibly indebted to particular writers for extremely certain things. Among the ones you mention… from Pullman, I love the authority of his other worlds. And finally, I'd just say Dickens for numerous things, but mostly due to the reality he proved once more and once more that a funny book may also be moving. Also, his characters live at the edges of their feelings, which makes reading the books enormously exciting.
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