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...a suspenseful climax...provides a satisfying sense of resolution at the end while leaving plenty of issues for future episodes. -- Kirkus

The use of real historical figures and events lends authenticity to this compulsively readable and fast-paced fantasy. -- School Library Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0670 (What's this?)
  • Series: Gods of Manhattan
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780142413074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142413074
  • ASIN: 0142413070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deeesq on April 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book "Gods of Manhattan" is the perfect book for children ages 9 YEARS and older. This is good for someone who is looking for an adventure in an every day ordinary city, yet it isn't your Godzilla story or a Superman adventure. It is a book happening in New York City, NY.
Some of the places that the main character(Rory), and his sister(Bridget) go are Central Park, The Chrysler Building, City Hall, The Subways, and even the Sewers!
Rory Has a special gift, and he can see the many magical creatures hidden among the city. This book reminds me a lot about a book called "The Lightning Thief", and if you have read that and you liked it, you will love this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Rory Hennessy is firmly rooted in reality. In some ways, far too much so for a thirteen-year-old boy, but that's sometimes what happens when it's just a boy, his mom, and his little sister. Regardless, Rory has always been able to see through and explain magic tricks. So in the interest of not spoiling his sister Bridget's ninth birthday party, Rory is avoiding the magician she insisted on having. The magician, however, is intent on Rory's participation. The result is a trick that Rory can't begin to explain or understand, and a cryptic message about Rory being in danger.

Suddenly, everything is different. Rory is seeing things that couldn't possibly be real; gargoyles eating pigeons, a cockroach riding a rat like it was a pony, an Indian warrior that Rory's dreamt about... Maybe there's more to that magician than some silly card tricks. Or else Rory's losing his mind.

With Bridget in tow, Rory goes to find the magician. According to the magician there is an entire shadow world that coexists with the Manhattan that Rory and Bridget know and love. It's called Mannahatta, and it's populated by Gods of every kind. Like the God of Justice, or the God of Sample Sales, or the God of Jaywalking. To borrow the magicians words: "When a mortal does something great, he is reborn in Mannahatta as a spirit. If his legend grows enough, he might be fortunate enough to ascend to godhood."

But there is struggle in Mannahatta: the spirits of the Munsee Indians are trapped in Central Park. The Munsees are connected to the land, but since they are trapped in a man-made park they can't actually connect to the land anymore, upsetting the balance between the two worlds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on August 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
New York City has been the setting for several recent fantasy novels --- from KIKI STRIKE to THE NIGHT TOURIST --- that shed light on the many secrets lurking behind (or beneath) Manhattan's famous landmarks. Add to that list Scott Mebus's debut work of fiction, GODS OF MANHATTAN, which melds New York City history with modern geography in a thoroughly entertaining start of a promising new series.

Thirteen-year-old Rory Hennessey is a Light --- one of the few mortals who can see beyond to the spirit city Mannahatta, a fantastical New York City where figures and landmarks from the past co-exist alongside Manhattan's more modern denizens. Rory, though, has focused his attention on caring for his mother and younger sister Bridget following the mysterious disappearance of his father, and he has remained intentionally blind to the sights, sounds and dangers that surround him.

That is until a charismatic magician who goes by the name of Hex stumps ever-cynical Rory with a truly puzzling magic trick and opens his eyes to the Mannahatta that has always existed in the corners of his eyes. Once Rory starts seeing these mysterious sights --- including cockroaches riding on rats, vicious gargoyles, early-20th-century ruffians, and Indians who hunt in Central Park --- he is also able to show these phenomena to Bridget, who has her own role to play.

But little known to Bridget or Rory, a drama is unfolding among the elite inhabitants of Mannahatta, particularly its group of Gods --- "of everything from Justice to Sample Sales, Guilt to Jaywalking, Money to Street Construction." The Gods are actual figures from New York City history who have been elevated to immortal status thanks to their contributions to the city.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teen Books on July 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I usually read books for older teens, but this one aimed at preteens and younger teens was an enjoyable fast-paced book filled with enough action, imaginative characters, impossible quests, and harrowing ending. Manhattan is not just a city, but an entity. Rory, a young teenage boy and his sister Bridget are extraordinary humans. He is a "Light" who can see past illusions and see the Mannahatta's spirits. I recommend this book to all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Durnford on June 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"The Gods of Manhattan" is a creative and complex story that introduces the spirit world that overlays and influences the real city of Manhattan. The story matches up modern day kids with spirits of New York's past in an attempt to save the city from evil.
This is an unbelieveable well written book that combines the history of New York with a great kids' adventure story. The plot lines can seem confusing at first but with a little patience, everything makes sense in the end. The concept of the interactions between the different layers of the city is really original and will definitely appeal to New Yorkers.
This is a really great book and hopefully the first of a series.
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