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The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone [Kindle Edition]

Tony Abbott , Bill Perkins
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Book Description

Bestselling author Tony Abbott's epic new middle grade series, the Copernicus Legacy, begins with The Forbidden Stone, a thrilling adventure packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action. Fans of Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson will love this first book in an exciting series that takes the reader all over the globe in a race to find pieces of a mysterious hidden past—before it's too late.

Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-"Find the twelve relics. You are the last." This ominous message in code from his dad's former professor sends Wade Kaplan, his astrophysicist father, stepbrother Darrell, cousin Lily, and her friend Becca on an around-the-globe chase to locate hidden parts of a time-traveling astrolabe built in the 16th century by Copernicus. Fearing that the device would fall into the hands of the evil Knights of the Teutonic Order of Ancient Prussia, the astronomer removed 12 vital parts and scattered them throughout the world, protected by people known only as the Guardians. Now that the Knights have returned to power, they will stop at nothing to find the hidden relics and reactivate the astrolabe. In this first installment in the series, Abbott covers a lot of ground as the rapid-fire plot takes our heroes from Texas to Italy and Guam while establishing the backstories of Copernicus; the Guardians; the Knights; and their beautiful but deadly leader, Galina. The author masterfully pulls all the threads together and creates an engaging thriller enhanced by codes, puzzles, exotic locales, and narrow escapes. Characterization takes a backseat to action, but readers won't mind and will look forward to learning more about the people as the series progresses. However, since the book's title names what type of relic everyone is searching for, readers don't enjoy a big reveal when the questers make that discovery late in the story. Give this to Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson fans or readers who've aged out of "The 39 Clues" (Scholastic).-Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Right before Wade’s uncle Henry, an astronomy professor in Berlin, meets a suspicious and untimely demise, he sends Wade’s dad a coded e-mail. Using an antique star map Uncle Henry gave Wade for his birthday years earlier, Wade and his dad, along with Darrel, Lily, and Becca, unlock the first in long sequence of puzzles, leading them to Berlin, Bologna, Rome, and all around the world. As they dig deeper into the clues, they discover a hidden history of Nicolaus Copernicus, including 12 relics that are protected by guardians who make sure they stay out of the wrong hands. Unfortunately for Wade and his friends, those wrong hands are hot on their tail. Wade and his friends have to use all their smarts to solve the clues in this high-stakes adventure and beat their powerful pursuers to each magical relic. With word games and rebus puzzles to spare, this whirling first entry in a projected six-part series from Abbott (City of the Dead, 2011) has international intrigue, fast-paced action, entertaining characters, and a healthy helping of science history.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Abbott is getting the usual—signings, tours, website tie-ins—but the kicker is a sweepstakes for a trip to New York City for a real-life scavenger hunt led by the author. Grades 4-7. --Sarah Hunter

Product Details

  • File Size: 2627 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000754734X
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB32QBE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It stayed true to the blurb... Love it ! January 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

This review first appeared on Thoughts and Pens book blog.

After reading two uninspiring MG books for the last couple of weeks, I thought that The Forbidden Stone would be no better especially that the blurb said, “Rick Riordan meets Dan Brown in this exhilarating and adventurous new tween series from beloved and bestselling author Tony Abbott.” And you know what usually happens when a book is marketed as “the next blah blah” or “this book is a cross between PJO and the DaVinci Code.” The latter made things more complicated because I happen to love Rick Riordan and Dan Brown’s works and I really hate to be disappointed. Fortunately, this book delivered. It may not be as brilliant as the Robert Langdon or the PJO series, it managed to hold on its own.

The story of The Forbidden Stone began when Wade and Darell received a strange coded message from their enigmatic uncle, Henry. After deciphering the message, weird things are suddenly happening and before they knew it, Wade, Darell, Roald (their father), Lily (their cousin) and Becca were already drag into a 500 year old guarded secret that might just be the undoing of the world. And they must hurry to ensure that the said secret–which has already claimed lives–will remain one forever.

I love that this book lived up to its blurb. Though the characters still need some polishing, I can’t deny the fact that they’re adorable. Wade and Darell are stepbrothers but they’re really close which is kind of rare in books these days because most authors would follow the other path wherein they pit step siblings against each other. Then we also have the two girls who were not the so-so heroines and actually contributed to solve and protect the mystery of The Forbidden Stone.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Da Vinci Code for kids May 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I had high hopes for this book. I was looking for something for my kids that would have suspense, and would showcase European locations and historical information, and present it in an interesting way. The code solving aspect sounded promising. Well, this book did not really deliver for us. Got the book, but the kids found it boring. Since we listen to books a lot in the car, I tried it as an audiobook. We got through it, but found sections of it pretty tedious and the code "solving" was more like leaps of imagination than anything to do with logic.
It feels like the author decided to do the Da Vinci Code for kids (substitute Copernicus for Da Vinci, evil organization with mysterious intentions, clues to be solved, etc.) The negatives for me were that the main characters didn't feel fully fleshed out, or at least not so much that you cared about them a great deal, and too much in the plot was unbelievable. Even though this is often the case with this sort of adventure, it never made me want to suspend my disbelief.
The worst part of it for me though were the villains - it takes too long to have any idea why they do what they're doing (I'm still not sure), and there's way too much explaining of how amazingly evil yet "mesmerizing" their leader (a 19-year-old girl) is. There's a part about her underground lair filled with centuries old artworks by masters that no one knows exists that just goes on too long. It feels like the author is trying too hard to build her into an amazing character, but it doesn't work. And, (spoiler alert) the way the children are cornered in a small underground cave with assassins' weapons pointed at them, yet still escape - it's just too much.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're off to an exciting start! January 10, 2014
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I enjoyed the story and the characters, especially the kids, but I appreciated the fact that the father was an important character too. The interaction between the two boys, Wade and Darrell (step brothers) is fun--and believable. The two girls are also well-characterized and contribute to the adventure. They all work together to solve each puzzle as it pops up, with help from various characters along the way. (I especially liked Carlo, and I'd like to visit the school again.) There is a lot of adventure, mystery, and suspense--and mayhem. The villains are dangerous, strange, and lethal so the story is full of violence and brutal murders...

I'm not sure if the stories--all twelve of them--will keep the readers hanging on. There will be six full-length novels and six interstitial novellas, and I'm not sure how that will be handled or how long the intervals between stories will be. I confess that I'm not fond of stories that go on and on, and I did not like the cliff-hanger ending on this one!

Finding a relic should be fun; it's certainly a good marketing gimmick...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonder higher middle grade September 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this book! My only real issue was that some of the mystery was a little hard to understand. But I'll live. The characters, plot, and the legacy info were blended so well that it will make younger teens both girls and boys jump at the chance to follow along. So can't wait to start book two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great kids book! August 22, 2014
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Thoughts prior to reading it:
I haven't read many middle grade books so I was excited. Although they say to never judge a book by its cover I did when I saw the cover. It looked very promising. I didn't want to read too much of the plot because I wanted to go into the book unprepared and discovered everything along with the characters. Sometimes this is the best way to read a book because by reading the synopsis it looks so promising you begin to build up your expectations only to go into the book and realize it was nothing like you expected it and become highly disappointed.

Thoughts after reading it:
I did thoroughly enjoy this book. The characters were unique and the story was told in a delightful manner. The book sneaks in history with fiction. It talks a lot about constellation and Copernicus enough to pique a child's interest. I was intrigues by this as well, me at 23 years! It left me wanting to discover more of Copernicus and to see how much of what Tony Abbot wrote in his book is real and how much is fiction. It made me want to become more familiar with Copernicus, stars and constellations. If I had kids I would definitely want them to read this.
The story is told from multiple points of view so the book never becomes mundane from having only one perspective. The villains are truly wicked and the one that seems to be closest to the top of the villains is a mesmerizing woman with cold deadly eyes. I think this book should be on your to read list. Also the book two is coming out in October so keep an eye out for that!

Summer vacation has begun Darrel and wade find out that a dear friend of their father, Dr. Kaplan has recently passed.
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To begin with, I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and lived in a small house on top of a hill. Together, my mother, a school teacher, and my father, a returning World War II paratrooper pursuing his college studies, brought tons of books into our small house on Cliffview Road. I guess you could say that these books were my first introduction to the world of literature. My father was always writing, so the sound of the typewriter was like the background music of my early childhood.

When I was eight, we relocated, by car, to Connecticut where I finished elementary school and high school. I went to college at the University of Connecticut, majoring first in music (too hard), psychology (too many theories), and finally English (yes! lot and lots of books!). I graduated UConn with a bachelors degree in English Literature. After that, I traveled to Europe for quite a while, drank a lot of coffee, and wrote notebooks full of strange poetry. When I returned, I found work in a variety of bookstores and finally a library where I met my wife to be.

It was when I began reading bedtime stories to my children that the spark of writing I had had for so many years finally turned to children's books. After many failures, my first published book, Danger Guys, was written while taking a writing class with renowned children's author, Patricia Reilly Giff. That first book, and the series that it began, became the cornerstone of my writing career and has become something of a cult favorite, by virtue of its being difficult to find. Since then, I've written over seventy-five books for readers ages 6 to 14, including the cult favorit popular fantasy saga, The Secrets of Droon.

Over 8 million of my books have been sold worldwide, and my series and novels combined have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Korean, French, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, and Russian. Danger Guys was named a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, and the American Booksellers Association voted The Secrets of Droon among the "Top 10 List of Books to Read while Waiting for the Next Harry Potter." The series was also a Main Selection of the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club, and is on many school and library reading lists.

In 2007, my novel Firegirl won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction presented by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. It is the only award given by children's writers to children's writers, a peer award I remain honored at having received. It was also a selection of the Junior Library Guild.

In the Spring of 2008, my second novel for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers appeared. The Postcard is a comedy/mystery about a boy who finds a clue on an old postcard while cleaning his recently deceased grandmother's Florida house, and who has no choice but to follow the mystery wherever it leads. Among other things, The Postcard is my love song to Florida's Gulf Coast, where my grandparents lived, and to old Florida, its architecture, roadside attractions, and Wild-West origins. It is, not least, my homage to the great hardboiled tradition of Hammett and Chandler, translated to a Florida setting. The Postcard won the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.

In 2009, The Haunting of Derek Stone, a series of four books for older readers, appeared from Scholastic Inc. Titles include: City of the Dead, Bayou Dogs, The Red House, and The Ghost Road.

My literary and cultural interests include the films of Preston Sturges, the Road pictures of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, and the Marx Brothers, and the writings of Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, P.G. Wodehouse, Jules Verne, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Seamus Heaney, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, The Arabian Nights, Beowulf, James Thurber, Philip Roth, Ralph Ellison, and William Faulkner. I'm currently a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Yale Center for British Art, and other esteemed organizations. With my wonderful wife, two delightful and brilliant daughters, and the best dog imaginable, I live and work happily in Connecticut.

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