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Battle for Acropolis (The Gates of Atlantis) Paperback – July 16, 2014
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Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of the best-selling middle-grade series The Dream Keeper Chronicles and The Stone of Valhalla. His picture books include the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures and Bean’s Dragons. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator, cover designer, and author. As a member of the Emblazoners, he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of children’ (emblazoners.com). You can find more about him and his books at: insidemikeysworld.com
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For me, the best aspect of this novel was the growth of the main character. At the start of the story, Talon is a lonely kid with a surly attitude. I had to laugh every time he got annoyed with Hattie’s nonstop chatter. But through her easy acceptance of his strange magical power, and her resolve to be his friend, no matter what, Talon slowly comes around and turns into a strong leader that the other Atlantian kids can look up to.
While I had a hard time getting attached to the grandmother and felt her character was somewhat underdeveloped, I thought the other characters were very strong and easy for kids to relate to. My personal favorite was Willy, the friendly truck driver who helps out Talon and Hattie. I also admired Hattie for her optimism in the face of incredible odds. It gave the book a positive undertone, driving home a message of perseverance and commitment.
Overall, this is a great read for middle graders who like a good mix of adventure and magic! The pacing is perfect, the world imaginative and full of creativity. I really enjoyed it!
As explained to me when I received a copy, it is the culminating book in a series (which I did not read), and I'll admit that as a stand-alone, it didn't quite work. Characters who had been featured prominently in earlier books (so I understand) were brought in near the end of this one leaving me a bit confused as to why these people were suddenly so important to the plot. The series was written by several authors working together, and each took a different segment of the overall story. I cannot vouch for the other writers, but Brooks knows what he's doing. Fun read!
The characters are prolific and easily envisioned. The supporting background material "comes to life" in a picturesque way. The Title depicts the main idea well and the cover is imaginative and eye-catching fitting the story well.
It is a bittersweet tale of friendship, trust, perseverance, hope, acceptance, rejection, plus a lot of good discussion material for book clubs. Perfect for the combined YA audience.
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an HONEST review, of which I have given.