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The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone Hardcover – January 7, 2014

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • 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: 7.9 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,123 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.
The thing is, this is exactly the kind of book where stuff like that really does make the story more fun.
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I think it will be a fun series to read and we’re looking forward to the next one.
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17 of 18 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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7 of 7 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Anderson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Fan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 15, 2014
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Overall, it seems a readable story with lots of adventure, careening from one situation to the next, like a juvenile Indiana Jones. On the good side, it exposes readers to lots of different times and places around the world, and name-drops scientists and explorers from the past. I was excited to begin this book, but ended up finding the action frenzy sort of tedious.

From the description "packed with puzzles", I thought the book contained puzzles for the reader to solve. Rather, the reader observes as the protgonists figure out what various clues mean, at times based on knowing other languages. So, as far as puzzles go, it is a fairly passive experience for the reader (though there is at least one place where the reader can stop reading and pick up a penci), and less engaging than I had hoped.

However, as it turns out, it is the first of 12 books involving clues and some overall search contest, which might be a lot of fun for the readers, but makes it sound more like a marketing scheme than someone with a great story to tell. However, if you tween gets hooked they may really enjoy the series.
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