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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.2107420
After the tumultuous events of last winter, Kate, Michael, and Emma long to continue the hunt for their missing parents. But they themselves are now in great danger, and so the wizard Stanislaus Pym hides the children at the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. There, he says, they will be safe. How wrong he is.

The children are soon discovered by their enemies, and a frantic chase sends Kate a hundred years into the past, to a perilous, enchanted New York City. Searching for a way back to her brother and sister, she meets a mysterious boy whose fate is intricately—and dangerously—tied to her own.

Meanwhile, Michael and Emma have set off to find the second of the Books of Beginning. A series of clues leads them into a hidden world where they must brave harsh polar storms, track down an ancient order of warriors, and confront terrible monsters. Will Michael and Emma find the legendary book of fire—and master its powers—before Kate is lost to them forever?

Exciting, suspenseful, and brimming with humor and heart, the next installment of the bestselling Books of Beginning trilogy will lead Kate, Michael, and Emma closer to their family—and to the magic that could save, or destroy, them all.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published on October 9, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375868712
ISBN-13: 9780375868719
5 Book Reviews
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  • DajkaSaturday, May 25, 2019 at 8:42 am
    i know this book is AWSOME!!!!! hahahaha omg the humor
    • caramelcorn
      caramelcornFriday, January 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm55 stars
      This book is the sequel to the Books of Beginning, the Emerald Atlas. This time, the three main characters, Kate, Michael, and Emma Wibberly, find the Fire Chronicle, the book of life. In the beginning, Kate uses the Atlas to take away a Screecher to a different time, but then gets trapped in 18-something something, and has to find her way back. Meanwhile, Michael and Emma have to try and get the next book, the Book of Life, the book that Michael is able to control.
      • russie
        russieMonday, October 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm44 stars
        It's pretty awesome! Not as good as The False Prince, but still up to my level where it's enough to make me scream.
        • edmodo-wga2hupw3n
          edmodo-wga2hupw3nMonday, June 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm55 stars
          I was hanging on the edge of my seat!
          • lotrhpand1d
            lotrhpand1dThursday, March 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm55 stars
            This is one of the BEST books of all time! Its #2 in the series! Just waiting for #3!