The Resource Keeper of the lost cities, Shannon Messenger

Keeper of the lost cities, Shannon Messenger

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Keeper of the lost cities
Title
Keeper of the lost cities
Statement of responsibility
Shannon Messenger
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Language
eng
Summary
At age twelve, Sophie learns that the remarkable abilities that have always caused her to stand out identify her as an elf, and after being brought to Eternalia to hone her skills, discovers that she has secrets buried in her memory for which some would kill
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Award
California Young Reader Medal, Middle School, 2017.
Review
  • Grades 4-7 After years of contending with unwanted telepathic powers and the feeling that she is not like everyone else, 12-year-old prodigy Sophie Foster discovers that there is a perfectly logical explanation: she is an elf. Moreover, she is an elf who has been hidden among humans, with secret elven information stored in her memory. An encounter with a mysterious boy named Fitz reveals Sophie’s true heritage, and she returns to the elf world, a network of “lost cities” assumed to be mythical by humans. This series opener spends a lot of time world building and establishing Sophie’s new life. Comparisons to Harry Potter are obvious, especially once Sophie starts studying at the exclusive Foxfire Academy to hone her elf abilities. Some mysteries, such as Sophie’s role as a Keeper and why she was embedded amongst humans, remain largely unanswered. A large and varied cast of supporting characters and an intriguing premise contribute to make this an exciting start to a promising series. -- Dean, Kara (Reviewed 11-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 5, p72)
  • Gr 5 – 8 — This debut novel is a powerful and appealing package of skillful world-building, fantasy, suspense, mystery, and middle-school relationships. Sophie Foster, a friendless 12-year-old high school senior with a photographic memory, is plagued by the hubbub of other people's thoughts in her brain. She has always known that she is different, but her life changes profoundly when she learns that she is an elf with telepathic and other magical abilities. She is transported away from her human family forever to the elvin world, where the Lost Cities (Atlantis, Shangri-la, etc.) exist and extinct animals are thriving. As Sophie starts at her new school, her concerns about friendships, midterms, crushes, and grades in subjects such as "the Universe," "elementalism," and "alchemy" will hook readers. While navigating her new life, Sophie must solve two mysteries: First, who is setting all those magical-seeming fires in the human world? And second, who could be leaving items in her locker that repeatedly put her in serious danger? The more she learns, the more her memories return, uncovering secrets about her past. The suspenseful climax leads to a satisfying resolution, although Messenger leaves just enough threads hanging for a possible sequel. A slew of interesting and well-drawn characters, careful plotting, and just plain good storytelling will have readers racing through the pages.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City --Sue Giffard (Reviewed January 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 1, p120)
  • A San Diego preteen learns that she's an elf, with a place in magic school if she moves to the elves' hidden realm. Having felt like an outsider since a knock on the head at age 5 left her able to read minds, Sophie is thrilled when hunky teen stranger Fitz convinces her that she's not human at all and transports her to the land of Lumenaria, where the ageless elves live. Taken in by a loving couple who run a sanctuary for extinct and mythical animals, Sophie quickly gathers friends and rivals at Foxfire, a distinctly Hogwarts-style school. She also uncovers both clues to her mysterious origins and hints that a rash of strangely hard-to-quench wildfires back on Earth are signs of some dark scheme at work. Though Messenger introduces several characters with inner conflicts and ambiguous agendas, Sophie herself is more simply drawn as a smart, radiant newcomer who unwillingly becomes the center of attention while developing what turn out to be uncommonly powerful magical abilities--reminiscent of the younger Harry Potter, though lacking that streak of mischievousness that rescues Harry from seeming a little too perfect. The author puts her through a kidnapping and several close brushes with death before leaving her poised, amid hints of a higher destiny and still-anonymous enemies, for sequels. Wholesome shading to bland, but well-stocked with exotic creatures and locales, plus an agreeable cast headed by a child who, while overly fond of screaming, rises to every challenge. (Fantasy. 10-12)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10153399
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Messenger, Shannon
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
670L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.M5494
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
4.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Keeper of the lost cities
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ability
  • Psychic ability
  • Memory
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Foster parents
  • Elves
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Keeper of the lost cities, Shannon Messenger
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
488 pages
Isbn
9781442445932
Lccn
2011042201
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Keeper of the lost cities, Shannon Messenger
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
488 pages
Isbn
9781442445932
Lccn
2011042201
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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