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The Shadow of Atlantis (Shadows from the Past Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Leighton-Porter
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ten-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book which had belonged to their father holds the answer… and so begins an unusual quest to discover the truth.

Together with Max, their remarkable Tonkinese cat, and Charlie from next door, the children embark on an epic adventure, travelling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis. Once there, however, they soon run into problems.

Can they save the people of Atlantis from the disaster which is about to destroy their land forever?

And will they find their way back to the safety of their own time before it’s too late?

Product Details

  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471088995
  • Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing; 2 edition (April 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X2BGVK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and a good read for young and old July 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I first came across Wendy Leighton-Porter’s books for young adults when I read The Shadow of the Volcano, set in Pompeii and one of the Shadow of the Past series.
Consequently, I was eager to read the first book of the series, The Shadow of Atlantis to find out how it all came about! It did not disappoint. I am impressed with both the style of writing and also the content. The writer does not talk down to her young readers but is able to engage them on the fantasy journeys where there’s lots of adventures and a happy ending. Although, alas in The Shadow of Atlantis the parents of the twins and the reason for the series, are still lost in the past but they are alive!
So here we have Joe and Jemina, their friend, Charlie and the lovable talking cat, Max transported back in time to the legendary Atlantis where they begin their quest to find their missing parents. The existence of Atlantis has never been proven but perhaps if it did disappear beneath the waves, this might be a sobering lesson for today’s young readers to ponder upon. After all, the challenges and possible effects of global warming and consequent flooding on a massive scale will be the world these young people inherit.
Perhaps it is no accident that the writer commenced her stories in the lost city of Atlantis. It is my opinion that the Shadows of the Past series explore the Ancient World in a delightful and very readable way. History is not dull when you read Wendy Leighton-Porter’s books. Indeed, her Atlantean family in the Shadow of Atlantis escape to Crete and I am eager to meet up with the children…and Max, of course, in the next book of the series, The Shadow of the Minotaur. I am sure I won’t be disappointed. Books for young and the not so young. Long may the series continue!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Adult Fantasy of Delight November 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was an absolutely delightful young adult fantasy novel, and throughout most of the book, all I found myself thinking was how much my daughter would relish this book. But amazingly, I enjoyed it, too. As far as I am concerned, that gives even more credence to my claim that this is a book well worth your time and energy (or at least that of your children).

The positives in this book comprise quite a list. The book is clean, adventuresome, intriguing, historical (maybe pseudo), witty, and never scary. It involves time travel, and the cat is the acclaimed hero! Thankfully this appears to be a new series, and the first chance I get, I plan to introduce this book to my daughter.

As a side note, this 5-star review is a bit out of the norm for me when it comes to young adult and fantasy novels. And that can only be explained by the author's writing prowess. The story flows well and it easy to read without becoming cheesy. Rarely am I able to recommend a young adult book to all.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Kirstin
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a fun story. From the very start, I felt connected to the characters, understanding their feelings desires, relationships. The author writes with an ease that made the world building, characters and story flow.

The story is clear and precise, balancing the development of the world, the plot and the characters. I never felt a moment if confusion (even with the suspension of belief) or wish for more depth. The author seamlessly blended modern children into an ancient civilization.

When they made it to Atlantis, there was a realism I didn't expect. I expected more mysticism and beauty. But instead felt the realism of Atlantis as a place, and I appreciated that. This is a nice story that combines adventure, mythology, and friendship. It tells the tale of friendship, using each other's talents and skills, and being brave despite rough circumstances... And that adventure can happen when you least expect it.

A solid 4 star story! I look forward to the rest of her series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and adventure tale into the past July 22, 2013
By Charlie
I think there just aren't enough books written for children involving time travel so well done to this author for creating this exciting series. This is the first book in this adventure series and it will hook you that you will want to read the others. It's a story that takes you on a journey into the past with likable characters and at a good pace - I highly recommend it.
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The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in a series featuring 10 year-old twins Joe and Jemima, their friend Charlie, and the talking Tonkinese cat, Max. We first meet Joe and Jemima when they go to live with their Uncle Richard after their parents' mysterious disappearance. When their friend Charlie comes over for a visit, they stumble upon their parents' most prized possession in an old wooden chest in the attic: an ancient book titled Shadows From the Past. To unlock its magical powers, the children must first solve a riddle and when they do, they find themselves (and Max) whisked away to the past in the mythical city of Atlantis.

Soon, the friends find themselves warmly welcomed by a family in Atlantis, but not everyone is so keen on accepting these mysterious strangers within their midst - - especially when they begin to prophecize about the destruction of their beloved city of Atlantis. Will Joe, Jemima, Charlie (and Max) be able to convince their new-found friends to leave their home before Atlantis is submerged forever?

My Thoughts:

Wendy Leighton-Porter has written a fantastic series of books (i.e., Shadows From the Past) filled with mystery, suspense, and adventure. If you'll recall, we helped to promote the fourth book in the series, The Shadow of The Pyramid back in March. The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in a series of 15 planned stories that all involve time-travel to historically relevant eras and/or locations including Atlantis, ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, Arthurian times, among others. In each story, the children travel back and encounter the people of that time (sometimes legendary - King Tut for example) and based on their knowledge of historical events (e.g.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read.
Published 28 days ago by Kathy Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars A talking cat and children who are able to understand and speak an...
Meet 10 year old twins Joe and Jemima, their large Tonkinese cat Max and Charlie, the boy who lived next door. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liz Pomeroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a fun series!
(4.5 stars) Joe and Jemima Lancelot's parents have disappeared without a trace and their uncle, Richard, takes them in, along with their cat, Max. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing and Adventurous
We follow the adventures of two ten-year-old twins, forced to go and stay with their Uncle Richard due to their parents mysterious disappearance. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jujuberry37
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventurous and magical tale that will capture the reader right...
This book is excellent. The Shadow of Atlantis, seriously, is a wonderful book and I look forward to reading the remaining books in the Shadows of the Past series. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL - Full on adventure with mystery and fun!
This is a fabulous fantasy for middle graders. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Shadow of Atlantis, it was a lot of fun and very intriguing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ktu35114
5.0 out of 5 stars time traveling adventure fun historical fantasy fiction
This exciting book has real excitement, danger, and an almost satisfying ending, leaving off with the main characters safe but the story ending is also on a cliffhanger. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carolyn Wilhelm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow of Atlantis
The Shadow of Atlantis is a thrilling adventure with hidden clues and a magical book that takes Joe, Jemima, Charlie and their cat, Max on a wild ride to the Lost City of Atlantis. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stacie Theis
4.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow of Atlantis by Wendy Leighton-Porter
The Shadow of Atlantis by Wendy Leighton-Porter is an engaging chapter book for young readers (ages 7 -12) about 10 year old twins, Joe and Jemima Lancelot, their Tonkenese cat,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cindy M Bowles
5.0 out of 5 stars For the adventure seeking kid
The book opens with Joe and Jemima's beloved cat, Max, watching curiously as some strange event is unfolding in the attic. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Naila Moon
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More About the Author

A graduate of Exeter University in the early 1980s, I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, but now write books for children instead of teaching them. Dividing my time between homes in Gloucestershire and South-West France, I live with my husband and our two beautiful Tonkinese cats.

The Shadow of Atlantis is the first in a series of time-travel adventures, featuring 3 children and, unsurprisingly, a rather special Tonkinese cat. Having recently completed number 7, The Shadow of the Norman Arrow, I'm currently working on the eighth book in the series, The Shadow of the Two Princes, featuring King Richard the Third and the princes in the Tower. Look out too for a short story, Max's Arabian Adventure, which is a spin-off from the SHADOWS series, featuring Max the Tonkinese cat on a solo mission. It's just been published, both on Kindle and as a small paperback.

As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I'm hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too. Personally, I'm enjoying the journey so much, I don't ever want it to end! Why not come along with me for the ride?



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