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"A strong . . . new trilogy, invoking just a little Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events along the way."—Realms of Fantasy

Siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world . . . a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is true—what they do can change history, and it's up to them to set things right.


"A new Narnia for the tween set."—The New York Times


"[A] fast-paced, fully imagined fantasy."—Publishers Weekly


"Echoes of other popular fantasy series, from "Harry Potter" to the "Narnia" books, are easily found, but debut author Stephens has created a new and appealing read . . ."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published on April 5, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375868704
ISBN-13: 9780375868702
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  • super
    superMonday, September 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm33 stars
    I recently read this book. It was good. It didn't take me long to read/. It seemed to be a relatively easy read. The book seemed to be aimed at an age group slightly younger than mine. But I do recommend it.
    • zorba
      zorbaThursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm44 stars
      AWESOME BOOK!!!! Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in orphanages for about 10 years since their parents disappeared to protect them. Then they learn that they have special powers, and Kate discovers that she is bound to Atlas and that Michael, Emma and Kate are in an ancient prophecy. And they have to set is all right! This book is VERY well written!!!!! I think EVERYONE should read it!
      • jjbee1979
        jjbee1979Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm44 stars
        This book is a lot like the Series of Unfortunate Events because there are three siblings who are orphans and have bad things happen to them. But this book also has dragons and magic. It was cool!
        • ninacreekside
          ninacreeksideMonday, August 18, 2014 at 8:21 am
          The Emerald Atlas was a thrilling, amazing, awesome, and adventurous adventure. It all started with Kate, Michael, and Emma's parents disappearing. The story unravels from there. Read this book to find out what happens next.
          • tim0706
            tim0706Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm55 stars
            The Emerald Atlas was an amazing book. They were about siblings named Kate, Michael, and Emma who were traveling for 10 years after the death of their parents.
            • zorba
              zorbaMonday, August 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm44 stars
              AWESOME BOOK!!!! Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in orphanages for about 10 years since their parents disappeared to protect them. Then they learn that they have special powers, and Kate discovers that she is bound to Atlas and that Michael, Emma and Kate are in an ancient prophecy. And they have to set is all right! This book is VERY well written!!!!! I think EVERYONE should read it!
              • ruff8
                ruff8Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm44 stars
                Kate, Michael, and Emma were ordinary children until they found a magic atlas, now they are being hunted by a witch with undead warriors. They don't know it yet but their the key to a prophecy to save the world.
                • ninjaldb
                  ninjaldbWednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm55 stars
                  This book is #1 in a series of 3 books. Kate, Emma, and Michael are orphans who must travel through time to find 3 magic books and find their parents. This series is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • loveeangelina
                    loveeangelinaTuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm55 starsFeatured
                    What a fantastical adventure! This was an enjoyable book filled with magic, wizards, dwarves, prophecy and humor. I only gave this book 3 stars because the three main characters; the children Kate, Emma & Michael weren't my favourite characters. I found that I liked them ok but who I thought was fantastic was Dr Pym. He was funny, brave and mysterious.
                    • jsmyth
                      jsmythMonday, July 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm55 stars
                      I rate this book 5 stars because it is full of action, adventure, and magic. Three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for about 10 months.The unwanted children were taken away when they were babies and they are being protected from a evil people that they don't know of. Kate, Michael, and Emma find a book called the atlas. The book make the three siblings go into time. The three sibling go on an adventure through time they find themselves with allies and enemies. And if the prophecy is correct what they can do is change history and make things right.

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