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The League of Seven Hardcover – August 19, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: League of Seven
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076533822X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765338228
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An enticing alternate history presents an America in which Native tribes have as much power and presence as Yankees, with politics of their own to navigate. Gratz has created an imaginative world with appeal far beyond its immediate middle-grade market.” —Publishers Weekly

“Gratz works an unusual twist into the familiar teens-saving-the-Earth-from-monsters trope: The protagonist is both archetypal hero and, at least potentially, nemesis…. Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty—plus truly icky foes inspired, the author acknowledges, by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This hybrid of steampunk and alternate American history features a hell-raising girl’s school, Atlantis, and three highly likable leads in a yarn rip-roaring from start to finish…. Moments of humor and pathos enliven the history and fantasy. Though the main plot concerning Archie’s parents is resolved, there is plenty to address and discover in a sequel.” —Booklist

“This steampunk love-letter set in an alternative 1870s America, packs in quite a lot of action.” —School Library Journal

“A fast-paced, action-packed adventure of the best kind! The world of The League of Seven is wonderfully unique and refreshingly diverse—even the most reluctant of readers won’t be able to put it down!” —Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

ALAN GRATZ is the author of Samurai Shortstop, an ALA 2007 Top Ten Book for Young Adults. He began writing The League of Seven by listing all the things that ten-year-old Alan would have thought were awesome, including brass goggles, airships, tentacled monsters, brains in jars, windup robots, secret societies, and super powers. (In fact, he still thinks all those things are awesome.) He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.


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I'm the author of a number of books for young readers, including Samurai Shortstop, Something Rotten, Something Wicked, The Brooklyn Nine, Fantasy Baseball, and Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game. My wife and I are also the authors of the Gratz Industries blog, where we chronicle our attempts to lead creative, productive lives.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isaac D. Peterson on August 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Yeah! I'm the first review! I love this- definitely buy it- wonderful kids literature that has elements that will appeal to everyone. The book draws from Jules Verne and H.P. Lovecraft with a fast paced, fun pop. If you like something fun to read and exciting, buy this! If you are an adult who read the harry potter and his dark materials books, this is a perfect addition. This book rules
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Format: Hardcover
The League of Seven by Alan Gratz

This is a YA Steampunk adventure. The setting and the circumstances should put a new twist on the way you view the world. Three barely teen adventurers and their Tik Tok jack of all trades, Mr. Rivets are all that oppose the Mangleborn monsters striving to take over the world.

The author does a good job providing age appropriate personalities to his characters. Fergus can get so wrapped up in his appreciation of his sciences that he totally misses the danger he might face. I think all of us who have worked with children and particularly very bright children have known a Fergus. Archie exhibits the insecurities that epitomize the teen years. He is a very flawed hero which, of course, makes him more believable in a very unbelievable story.

Equally the single minded Hachi is easy to understand due to the trauma she has faced. I was a bit surprised by the amount of death dealing in an novel for this young of an age group. It is appropriate to the plot but gives the story a bit more edge that may stretch the comfort factor of some parents.

Mr. Rivets' interest in a self winding device provided a delightful tongue in cheek moment. Gratz did a nice job in creating his Steampunk world.

I liked the book and recommend it.
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By M. Leff on September 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My 10 year old loved this book and can't wait for the second book to be released.
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