The Resource The Vengekeep prophecies, Brian Farrey ; illustrated by Brett Helquist

The Vengekeep prophecies, Brian Farrey ; illustrated by Brett Helquist

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The Vengekeep prophecies
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The Vengekeep prophecies
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Brian Farrey ; illustrated by Brett Helquist
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eng
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"A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyone's surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the town's saviors" --
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  • Grades 4-7 In a nice twist on Harry Potterlike fantasies of wizards in school, Farrey launches a rollicking saga of life among the Grimjinx, a clan of petty thieves, fortune-tellers, and the ultimate saviors of their Middle Ages–esque world. Twelve-year-old Jaxter recounts this first wild adventure, which begins when he, a clumsy thief but a talented potion maker, must leave the village to find a way to save it. Brief chapters, illustrated with spirited pencil drawings and epigraphs quoting “par-Goblin” sources, take readers on a humorous ride during which Jaxter avoids doom multiple times and makes good friends, including a girl named Callie. The language, which has an Irish flavor, is highly accessible, and Jaxter’s own self-deprecations are balanced with his very keen ability to outthink most of his opponents. Jaxter is as heroic as the early Harry, but he has a loving family, which makes a big difference in his ability to trust his own instincts as he works for the community’s greater good. Readers will hope for a continuation of the story. -- Goldsmith, Francisca (Reviewed 12-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 7, p68)
  • Gr 4 – 8 — Jaxter Grimjinx was born into a family of thieves, but he's so clumsy that his first big robbery lands his whole family in jail. The Grimjinxes are released when a prophecy woven into a tapestry predicts that they will save the city of Vengekeep from a variety of disasters. The tapestry is revealed to have been planted by Jaxter's parents, but soon all of the predicted disasters start happening. The family discovers that the false tapestry was inadvertently woven out of fateskin, a magical substance that will make all of the false predictions come true and is almost impossible to destroy. Jaxter's interest in herbal remedies to counter magic might hold an answer for how to destroy the fateskin, so he and his friend Callie set off on a quest to find the exotic and magical ingredients and save Vengekeep, meeting both allies and enemies as they race against time to save their city. Farrey creates a world filled with interesting characters and a detailed background culture, including sayings and words in the ancient par-Goblin language now used by thieves, including the Grimjinxes. Jaxter's parents, grandmother, and sister are fully realized and entertaining characters who have many illegal talents. The nonstop action and danger will draw in fantasy and adventure fans and may appeal to reluctant readers as well. While this is the first volume in a trilogy, all immediate action is nicely resolved, making it a satisfying and fun read.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI --Beth L. Meister (Reviewed March 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 3, p156)
  • /* Starred Review */ In an excellent, self-contained adventure from Farrey (With or Without You), 12-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx is anxious to prove himself at the family business: thievery. Jaxter’s first attempt at burglary ends with a house fire and his family being jailed, but his parents have already put their biggest con into motion, having replaced the prophetic tapestry that predicts the year ahead for the city of Vengekeep with one that shows the Grimjinx family as heroes. The family quickly discovers, however, that the fake tapestry is actually enchanted, and every disaster it depicts is coming true, from lava men to winged skeletal creatures. Stuck in the role of town saviors, the Grimjinxes must destroy the tapestry before it destroys Vengekeep. Farrey’s rich fantasy hits the ground running and never lets up. Jaxter has an amazing talent for defeating magic with science, and a strong theme of the value of knowledge runs through the book. Farrey’s story is gentle enough for sensitive children, yet the travails of the conniving Grimjinx clan will entertain a broad range of readers. Ages 8–12. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 29, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 44, p)
  • There couldn't be a more likable family of thieves. The tightknit, affable and affectionate Grimjinx clan is trouble in Vengekeep. They steal (not from anyone poor or weak) and nimbly avoid prosecution. Ma's a master forger, Da an expert thief. Little sister Aubrin (terrific nickname: Jinxface) is an ace pickpocket. But 12-year-old Jaxter, the narrator, is clumsy. Lock-picking evades him. "Every year it became clearer: I really wasn't a very good thief." Jaxter excels at "beating magic with nonmagical means," though: His carefully mixed plant/herb pastes dissolve magical protections on locks and loot. When a tapestry meant to predict Vengekeep's future reveals, astonishingly, that the Grimjinxes are "saviors," readers will giggle as the con emerges. And then the con becomes deadly. The (faked) tapestry's fabric is "fateskein," which means its ominous images will come true. Woe is Ma, who unknowingly used fateskein in the weaving; woe is Vengekeep, now truly destined for lethal plagues. Can Jaxter traverse enough land beyond his familiar town-state to gather the plants and spiderbat milk that might dissolve the fateskein? He's no crackerjack thief, but he has heart and unflagging humor. This funny and serious series opener features action, twists and pleasingly original vocabulary, such as the swear "zoc" (as in "Zoc that") and the expression "bangers," which means, roughly, "awesome." Immediate danger is averted, intriguing questions hover for next time, and Jaxter's headed down a fresh path. Bangers! (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2012)
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Farrey, Brian
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  • Ages 8-12
  • 780L
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  • 4
  • 8
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Helquist, Brett
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Series statement
Vengekeep Prophecies
Series volume
1
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Accelerated Reader
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  • Magic
  • Monsters
  • Prophecies
  • Swindlers and swindling
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juvenile
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The Vengekeep prophecies, Brian Farrey ; illustrated by Brett Helquist
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Contents
The festival and the fire -- The tapestry -- Apprentice day -- The incident at Brassbell Promenade -- Fateskein -- No escape -- The second prophecy -- Quarantine -- Reclaiming fate -- Into the catacombs -- The search begins -- Graywillow Market -- An unlikely alliance -- Darkraptor Hamlet -- The dowager -- The greenhouse -- Escape from Redvalor Castle -- Trouble in Cindervale -- the missing mage -- Double cross -- The aircaves -- Talian's trials -- Xerrus -- Battle at the bestiary -- Mooncrux -- The siege of Vengekeep -- Doing what you have to do -- The new apprentice
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22 cm.
Extent
390 pages
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9780062049285
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2012025282
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The Vengekeep prophecies, Brian Farrey ; illustrated by Brett Helquist
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Copyright
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  • nc
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Contents
The festival and the fire -- The tapestry -- Apprentice day -- The incident at Brassbell Promenade -- Fateskein -- No escape -- The second prophecy -- Quarantine -- Reclaiming fate -- Into the catacombs -- The search begins -- Graywillow Market -- An unlikely alliance -- Darkraptor Hamlet -- The dowager -- The greenhouse -- Escape from Redvalor Castle -- Trouble in Cindervale -- the missing mage -- Double cross -- The aircaves -- Talian's trials -- Xerrus -- Battle at the bestiary -- Mooncrux -- The siege of Vengekeep -- Doing what you have to do -- The new apprentice
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
390 pages
Isbn
9780062049285
Lccn
2012025282
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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