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Gr 5-9-After vanquishing one of four powerful witch sisters who control the world's essential elements in Mistress of the Storm (Random, 2011), Verity Gallant and her friends have enjoyed an idyllic summer in their cliffside hometown of Wellow. Strange events soon shatter the peace, however: the earth is eroding away beneath their feet, causing hazardous conditions, and insidious white sand suddenly seems to be covering everything. It soon becomes apparent that these are the machinations of the Earth Witch, turned to stone and smashed into millions of pieces long ago by the cruel-hearted Wind Witch, and now determined to re-form into a vengeful whole and wipe out every "happy-ever-after" along the way. Relying once again upon hard work (including library research and brilliant code-cracking), danger-fraught investigations, and hard-earned insights, Verity and her compatriots must put together the pieces of a twist-turning mystery and try to stop this formidable new enemy. Built upon a bulwark of intricately wrought backstory and mythology, this satisfying fantasy combines fast-paced adventure with slow-brewing suspense that is both spine-tingling and delightfully unsettling. The characters are multidimensional, with heroes who experience moments of jealousy or selfishness, and villains capable of remorse. Enhanced by funny banter and believable emotions, Verity's relationships with her peers-including a budding romance-are deftly drawn, as are her own insecurities and revelations. Reading the first book first is not necessary, but those who have will better appreciate this well-written and richly imagined offering.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journalα|9781416971795|9781442454125WESTERFELD, Scott. The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series. illus. by Keith Thompson. 64p. (Leviathan Series). diags. CIP. S & S/Pulse. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-7179-5; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5412-5. LC 2011038924. ~Gr 7 Up-Fans of Westerfeld's "Leviathan" books (S & S) will already be familiar with the steampunk story that blends history with fantasy, as well as with Thompson's amazing illustrations. The series begins in an alternate 1914 Europe, in which 15-year-old prince Alek (son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand) plays a key role in the war between the Clankers and the Darwinists. The Clankers use mechanized objects to do battle, and the Darwinists use genetically engineered beasts. The story takes place in a world in which objects that readers would usually expect to be inanimate, like ships, weapons, and even maps, are often living creatures. While the novels are mostly filled with Westerfeld's narratives, interspersed with Thompson's occasional black-and-white illustrations, Aeronautics puts Thompson's artwork front and center, now in full color. Fans of the series will appreciate the intricately detailed pictures of the airship Leviathan, as well as beasts of all shapes and sizes, uniforms, weapons, vehicles, and people. This volume might also serve as a gateway for curious readers into the novels, or even to the history books so they can learn about what really happened during The Great War.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Scott Westerfeld’s first book in the Leviathan trilogy was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com.

Keith Thompson’s work has appeared in books, magazines, TV,video games, and films. Se his works at KeithThompson Art.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971795
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Westerfeld's teen novels include the Uglies series, the Leviathan and Midnighters trilogies, and the so-called "NYC Trilogy": So Yesterday, Peeps, and The Last Days. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City. His next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Inkthinker on August 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's a very pretty book, but it falls short of what I had hoped. I wanted a full art book that showcased the work of Keith Thompson's brilliant illustrations in Westerfeld's equally brilliant novels. Instead what we have here is a somewhat anemic collection of supplemental illustrations which, while gorgeous and informative, includes none of the work from the novels themselves. I suppose that's in keeping with the meta-fiction of the book being an in-world guide, but I had hoped for more.

In addition, every page is bordered by huge half-inch margins that eat up the real estate. The examples shown above are double-page spreads, and the binding obscures some of the illustrations. There's a lot of empty space on the pages, with as few as one or two illustrations on a page surrounded by little more than a caption.

It's a nice bonus for fans of Westerfeld's novels and Thompson's work, but I'll keep hoping for a better collection than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By comedianmasta on April 27, 2015
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The Manual of Aeronautics. I love it. This is a great addition with the Leviathan series, especially for children who really get into the series. I enjoyed this book. It has truly detailed illustrations that bring to life the creatures and machines in the book series.

"But, Lieutenant: Why if you like it so much is it missing two stars?"

Well, I am sorely disappointing in it, that is why. It is missing a great deal of the Clanker walkers from the first book. It all but forgets about the amazing Landships it describes in the first book, Leviathan, something I was truly looking forward to seeing. This is a very creature-based book and is still a good buy, but seeing as the landships did have illustrations in the book itself, I thought they were a must-have in this book. They are completely missing. This is a sorely disappointing fact.

So if that doesn't bother you, then don't worry about it. If it bothers you as it did myself, then maybe you should weigh if it is worth it for you.It is a good book and if you are a fan of the book series then why wouldn't you have this alongside it? I greatly enjoy this book.

~Lieutenant Nathaniel Flint of the Landship Scorpios
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By draco_chick on September 14, 2012
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Though the book may be short, it's precise and to-the-point with descriptions on the beasties, Clanker machines, and characters that you read about in the Leviathan trilogy. The best part about this, though, was the beautiful, full-color illustrations for each one. Great job Keith Thompson, they were stunning!!
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By Jerry Sköld on November 16, 2012
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Filled to the brim with the gorgeous, distinctive artwork of the very talented Mr. Keith Thompson along with setting commentary from Westerfeld himself, the only failing of this book is that it is way, way too slim. Personally, I'd happily shill out my hard-earned money for way more material of this kind (being an absolute sucker for design diaries) as well as a whole book of larger reproductions of all of Thompson's art from the book trilogy.
Yes, that is a promise!
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This volume gives the reader the last piece that could have been considered "missing" from the Leviathan Trilogy. Containing schematics, diagrams, and illustrations, this book brings to life the critical creations in Westerfeld's Steampunk masterpiece. The art of Keith Thompson, so beautifully used in the novels, returns to create a critical companion book.
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By Jake on April 17, 2014
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It is a very cool addition to the series, but it isn't formatted well for the kindle. The pictures are okay but the text is too small, and there is no way to enlarge it.
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I love the books and they set the bar so high for me. I was hoping for so much more in this one. I finished it in 15 minutes! Not worth the price of admission!
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It was good to see what the author was trying so hard to explain! To bad it's a bit to short. Could of had more info about some places the book was referring to and they completely forgot about Goliath.
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