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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Copernicus Legacy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006219447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062194473
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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I recommend it for teens and adults who enjoy young adult fiction.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chardonnay @ Thoughts and Pens Book Blog on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joy V. Smith VINE VOICE on 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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"Find the twelve relics. You are the last."-- a message on a dangerous quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world !

Darrell, Lily, Wade, and Becca fly to Germany to attend the funeral of an old family friend, but instead of just paying their respect, they end up mingled into a dangerous global chase to discover the secret that could jeopardize the fate of human race. Their mission is to locate some hidden parts of a time-navigation astrolabe built by Copernicus. They are in a mad race, fearful that the device could fall into the hands of the evil Knights of the Teutonic Order.

In this first installment of the Copernican Legacy series, best selling author Tony Abbott's epic begins with 'The Forbidden Stone', an appetizing sampler of scientific discovery in fast-paced action, and entertaining characters. Abbott connects all the threads together in a masterful fashion, creating an engaging thriller, full to the brim by puzzles, codes, and locales. Grandson Noah and friends are looking forward to enjoy the science thriller as the series progresses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VReviews VINE VOICE on February 17, 2014
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First in a new series for middle-grade readers that promises to be packed full of history, mystery, intrigue, codes, puzzles, and a fair amount of nail-biting danger. Touted as the next big series that will satisfy fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The 39 Clues Series, and Harry Potter; this first book definitely has the plotting (fast & eventful), and intrigue (Sci-Fi wrapped in history & riddles). The four main characters are smart, likable friends with just enough quirky interest to make it work. There isn’t a lot of depth yet in their characters, but you do root for them, and there’s potential for more rounded portraits to come.

The action is nonstop going from Texas, Europe, and into the western Pacific Ocean; as the friends desperately search for meaning in Copernicus’s Diary to find the all important first relic. Logistics at times can be a bit fanciful, but you can overlook these distractions because the story sweeps you along through the use of great dialogue, and descriptive scenes of secret orders, loyal guardians, and evil doers. All this with a perfect dose of scientific & historical grounding. The story is told through both the eyes of the friends & their father, and the evil yet mysterious Galina Krause.

This is a fantastic start to a planned six full-length novels, and six novellas.
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