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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Vengekeep Prophecies (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062049283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062049285
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Jaxter Grimjinx was born into a family of thieves, but he's so clumsy that his first big robbery lands his whole family in jail. The Grimjinxes are released when a prophecy woven into a tapestry predicts that they will save the city of Vengekeep from a variety of disasters. The tapestry is revealed to have been planted by Jaxter's parents, but soon all of the predicted disasters start happening. The family discovers that the false tapestry was inadvertently woven out of fateskin, a magical substance that will make all of the false predictions come true and is almost impossible to destroy. Jaxter's interest in herbal remedies to counter magic might hold an answer for how to destroy the fateskin, so he and his friend Callie set off on a quest to find the exotic and magical ingredients and save Vengekeep, meeting both allies and enemies as they race against time to save their city. Farrey creates a world filled with interesting characters and a detailed background culture, including sayings and words in the ancient par-Goblin language now used by thieves, including the Grimjinxes. Jaxter's parents, grandmother, and sister are fully realized and entertaining characters who have many illegal talents. The nonstop action and danger will draw in fantasy and adventure fans and may appeal to reluctant readers as well. While this is the first volume in a trilogy, all immediate action is nicely resolved, making it a satisfying and fun read.-Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In a nice twist on Harry Potterlike fantasies of wizards in school, Farrey launches a rollicking saga of life among the Grimjinx, a clan of petty thieves, fortune-tellers, and the ultimate saviors of their Middle Ages–esque world. Twelve-year-old Jaxter recounts this first wild adventure, which begins when he, a clumsy thief but a talented potion maker, must leave the village to find a way to save it. Brief chapters, illustrated with spirited pencil drawings and epigraphs quoting “par-Goblin” sources, take readers on a humorous ride during which Jaxter avoids doom multiple times and makes good friends, including a girl named Callie. The language, which has an Irish flavor, is highly accessible, and Jaxter’s own self-deprecations are balanced with his very keen ability to outthink most of his opponents. Jaxter is as heroic as the early Harry, but he has a loving family, which makes a big difference in his ability to trust his own instincts as he works for the community’s greater good. Readers will hope for a continuation of the story. Grades 4-7. --Francisca Goldsmith

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let's talk lazy fantasy writing. It exists. It's out there. And when you find yourself reading some 30+ middle grade fantasies in a given year there are certain tropes and themes that appear so often they wear a rut in your frontal lobe. Most of them are innocuous enough, but there's one that really sets fire to my dander; prophecies. Ugh. I cannot STAND prophecies. Essentially they're just a way for the author to provide foreshadowing in as annoying a way as possible. Further points are detracted if the doggone prophecy rhymes. There are very few ways to upset the prophecy conundrum. You might be able to get away with one if you're as good as Harry Potter but I'm not surprising anyone when I say that most just sorta slap `em in there willy-nilly. Which is perhaps part of the reason Brian Farrey's "The Vengekeep Prophecies" is as much of a relief as it is. You want prophecies? Fine. Then let's come up with a concept that sort of turns the whole idea behind them on its head from a book that says with perfect simplicity, "Fate is a lazy man's excuse for avoiding curiosity." With great humor and dexterity Farrey creates a new fantasy world where magic is kept in check, only popping up once in a while to bite our heroes on the bum. Fast and funny, this is one of those rare 400-page novels where I wouldn't cut so much as a sentence or a paragraph if it meant making the story any shorter.

It's tough being the black sheep in a family OF black sheep, but such is the lot of Jaxter Grimjinx. It's certainly an honor to be next in a long line of thieves, con artists, forgers, fleet-fingered pilferers, etc. It's significantly less of an honor to be a clumsy klutz unable to pick even the simplest lock.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sparkhouse on March 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
One of the best books I have ever read. It is a very good book for the whole family to read. There are some difficult words for young readers. The book is very adventurious and has many sharp turns to it. It contains very humorous contents. I would recommend this book for you to read!
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Age 11
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Linnie on April 9, 2013
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All the elements of a good fantasy read are in here. A reluctant hero (who is incidentally a member of a crime family), magic, a difficult quest, humor, and coming of age. Its all in this well written book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BGrover on March 3, 2014
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The Vengekeep Prophecies is one of the best books I have ever read. I recommend it to fans of Harry Potter. It is a very exciting fantasy that will have you on the edge of your seat with anticipation.
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By booknerdsunite on November 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
My 8 year old son read this and loved it so much he asked me to give it try, so that we could discuss it together. I'm ever so glad I did. Vengekeep is a wonderfully original world and an absolute delight to find yourself lost within. My son and I are greatly looking forward to revisiting the Grimjinx family and their fantastic supporting cast in the next installment! Well done, Mr. Farrey!!
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