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Gr 4-9-In 1753, Billy Bartram and his naturalist father John, members of the American Philosophical Society, set out to find the lost Kingdom of Madoc, a centuries-old settlement rumored to be on the frontier. They encounter more danger than expected on their journey. Flying across the frontier in the airship di Terzi, they meet a young George Washington, but also a dangerous group of French troops who want to take over their airship. To make matters worse, they also encounter incognitum (mastodons), bear-wolves, and a possible traitor onboard. Will Billy and his father find the Kingdom of Madoc? Will they figure out who the traitor is before it's too late? Narrator Charlie McWade masterfully draws listeners into Kirby's tale (Scholastic, 2013). His unique character voices are skillful, and sound effects and music enhance the story. This one's for fans of steampunk, historical fiction, and adventure as well as Scott Westerfeld's "Leviathan" trilogy.-Jessica Moody, Olympus Junior High School, Holladay, UTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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In 1753, noted American naturalist John Bartram and his son Billy join an expedition to search the frontier in the di Terzi, a flying ship powered by “vacuum balloons” and wind. Their mission is to find the centuries-old Kingdom of Madoc, a Welsh settlement rumored to be on the frontier. Along the way they encounter the young George Washington, hostile French troops, a herd of enormous incognitum (mastodons), and a terrifying bear-wolf. Though his father mistrusts their guide, who is part Indian, Billy finds himself increasingly convinced that the man is true to his word. This alternate-history story, propelled by scenes of suspense and rousing action, traces Billy’s growing independence from his beloved father. As the stakes grow higher, he comes to rely increasingly on his own judgment. Billy’s first-person narrative offers insights into varied colonial American views on a number of topics. Inspired by history and legend, this inventive novel takes flight as a grand adventure with elements of fantasy and steampunk. Grades 4-7. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545274265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545274265
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By song bird on September 27, 2013
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I just finished reading this fun book ("The Lost Kingdom" by Matthew J. Kirby). It was very enjoyable. The author used descriptive phrasing that caught and kept my interest.
This is the story of a young man who has a chance to prove that he is growing up. His father takes him on a trip of discovery and learning...on a flying ship!! Together with the rest of the crew they find the answer to a mystery, escape from a wolf bear and learn how to trust their own instincts.
The excitement of the story kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. This would be an excellent book to read as a family together.
There is no bad language as this is a youth book. I am a 64 year old grandmother of 24 and I would definitely recommend this book to my grandchildren of all ages.
Read this book! You won't be sorry you did.
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The Lost Kingdom is an alternate history set in a world in which mastodons still roam North America in great herds and are hunted by giant predators called bearwolves. The story is set just before the French and Indian War and the situation is easily recognizable for anyone familiar with that time period. The English colonies arranged along the Eastern Seaboard but the interior is largely controlled by the French and their numerous Indian allies through a vast trading network. As the English move farther inland they encounter more and more resistance and everyone knows that it will lead to open warfare, probably sooner rather than later.

In a bold move to secure a new set of allies in the interior, the American Philosophical Society, a group of intellectuals led by Benjamin Franklin, have decided to send an expedition in search of a fabled Welsh kingdom built around the legendary tale of Madoc, the Welsh prince who is supposed to have landed in the America's centuries before Columbus. This really is a legend in our world, so I found that to be quite interesting.

The intellectuals are joined by the son of their botanist, a young teen named Billy Bartram. They are not traveling by boat or by foot but in a sort of steampunk airship powered by balloons of some kind. The ship is an actual ship and it flies much like a blimp. They fly out to the new fort at what will be Pittsburgh in the distant future (barely escaping French spies as they leave Philadelphia). A sneak attack by French Marines and an encounter with a bearwolf throw the entire expedition off track. Throw in the suspicion that there is a spy in their midst and things have really gone wrong for Billy and this crew of geniuses...

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Matthew Kirby’s The Lost Kingdom is a fantastic coming-of-age book full of adventure and teenage emotion. Though the intended audience is young readers (typically age eight to twelve), any and all will enjoy this story’s riveting use of American history mingled with myths. Billy Bartram is a young teenage boy who accompanies his father on a life-changing adventure. He discovers his father’s involvement in a secret philosophical society on accident, but his father kindly shares with him an invitation to go on an expedition through the American wilderness. They are searching for the lost kingdom (hence the title) of the Welsh prince Madoc—but the search turns out much more entertaining than originally planned.
Their trip turns into a fleeing of sorts: a French attack party is on their heels, along with a dangerous bear-wolf that watches their every move. A member of the party turns on the rest of the group and dangers await their every turn. The beautiful thing that Kirby does with the novel is integrate its setting with the coming about of America. These imaginative stories are set with the founding of America as its backdrop. Historical characters are woven into the plot in both their true personas and their symbolic ones. Right from the beginning Kirby catches his audience with an appearance of Ben Franklin, a member of the secret society. Kirby maintains his readers’ interest through encounters with Native Americans. The dialog is quick and the diction is engaging. All in all The Lost Kingdom is an excellent book for anyone searching for a little history and adventure.
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'The Lost Kingdom' by Matthew J. Kirby combines a young adult novel with an interesting setting. I thought it was a lot of fun to read.

The book takes place in a Pre-Revolutionary War America, and includes the kind of fantastical inventions usually seen in steampunk. Billy Bartram sets out on an adventure with his father, who is part of a secret society of philosophers and scientists. They are looking for the lost city of a Welsh prince named Madoc, and they hope he can help them in their war against the French. They encounter strange creatures and find a stowaway. Along the way, they pick up a guide and Billy learns that his father has prejudice against the native people, but he doesn't know why. They also discover that a traitor in their midst may make the journey fail.

It was a fun read. I really enjoyed the setting of a colonial America with gadgets. The characters were mostly interesting. There were some suprises along the way and I wouldn't mind reading more books in the series.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Scholastic Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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