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"Author Wendy Leighton-Porter's Shadows from the Past children's series is an outstanding collection of books that would make an excellent addition to any home or school library. Written in an engaging style with characters that will have great appeal to young readers, this page-turning collection will be as enticing to avid book enthusiasts as it will be for reluctant readers." CHILDREN'S LITERARY CLASSICS BOOK AWARDS
"The Shadows from the Past series is perfect for a rainy day and a must-have for a child's shelves." READERS' FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWS
"The Shadow of Atlantis is a well-written story with a collection of likable main characters, a solid plot line, snippets of educational facts about a historically important location and event, and, is filled with mystery, magic, and suspense. This book grabbed me at the prologue and had me hooked until the end." MOTHER DAUGHTER BOOK REVIEWS--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B007X2BGVK
- Publisher : Silver Quill Publishing; 3rd edition (April 22, 2012)
- Publication date : April 22, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1080 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 128 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,955,066 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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One day whilst all three children are playing up in the top room of the house they come across their parent's favorite book, Shadows of the Past. How can they unlock it? What does the word 'Talisant' mean? Where is the key and what are the owls in the pouch for?
What follows is a delightful, well-written adventure in the land of Atlantis. New friendships, mysteries and dangers abound but can the children make a difference in the lives of the people of Atlantis. What do they discover about their parents that gives them hope that they are still alive? Who is Mia and how does she help Max?
Our kids LOVED this, the first in the series and we have already started Book 2, The Shadow of the Minotaur. The only thing I did not like is when the children lied to Varna's parents at one point. Of course, later when they tried to tell Uncle Richard the truth, he wouldn't believe them. Despite this, I do highly recommend this series. I read this aloud to our 8 and 11 year old but independent and older readers would also enjoy it. There is no inappropriate language or scenes neither are there editing errors which makes for a very pleasant read. This is written by a British author so you will read 'colour, mum' etc and enjoy the great British word 'Crikey' once in a while. Start reading Book 1 now!
I really enjoyed reading about Joe and Jemima. They're going through a difficult time and want to feel close to their parents which is when they discover the strange book. When they get to Atlantis (along with Charlie and Max, their cat), they meet Varna and Mykos and their parents. There's some confusion as they try to figure out why they are each taking turns at being able to speak and understand the Atlantean language. They figure that out and come across other challenges, like how to get grown-ups to believe what they're trying to warn them about.
The children learn more about their cat, Max, who is full of surprises. He plays a big part in their adventure and has quite the personality. I was hooked from the first page and this book held my attention because I wanted to know what would happen to all of them and how they would escape the tough situation they found themselves in. There was enough mystery and loose ends when I turned the final page to keep me wanting to read more.
This is a fun journey to an ancient time and place and it's only the beginning. There are currently six books available and there will be a total of 15. This will be a fun series to read with my children and I highly recommend it!
The friends enjoy learning about this new and exotic place, but unfortunately they have attracted some unwanted attention from the Temple priests, especially since they are not the first visitors to Atlantis. The children realise that Atlantis's is due for some kind of disaster and they do everything they can to convince their new adoptive family that they must leave, or risk perishing. The unwanted attention, lands them in the prison cells at the hands of the sinister priests, but more surprises are in store for the friends. I won't give the ending away, so you will just have to read it yourself. In an exciting turn of events, the children find their way to safety, but not without a new resolve, to do everything in their power to find their missing parents. Thus concludes the first of many great adventures that Jemima, Joe, Charlie and Max embark upon in the Shadows From The Past series.
This was a great book, with characters that you could really grow to love immediately. The children are caring and supportive or each other, with just a hint of mischief, which Ms Porter writes so wonderfully. Their desire to help their new adoptive family, reveals things about themselves that they never realised and in turn, gives them new courage and resolve to find their parents. The Priests in the tale were quite sinister and nasty so I would suggest children aged 10+ would most enjoy this tale. It was even paced with enough high's and low's to keep my attention, and I would highly recommend this lovely series to middle graders and I am excited for the next in the series.
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Consequently, I was eager to read the first book of the series, The Shadow of Atlantis to find out how it all came about! It did not disappoint. I am impressed with both the style of writing and also the content. The writer does not talk down to her young readers but is able to engage them on the fantasy journeys where there’s lots of adventures and a happy ending. Although, alas in The Shadow of Atlantis the parents of the twins and the reason for the series, are still lost in the past but they are alive!
So here we have Joe and Jemina, their friend, Charlie and the lovable talking cat, Max transported back in time to the legendary Atlantis where they begin their quest to find their missing parents. The existence of Atlantis has never been proven but perhaps if it did disappear beneath the waves, this might be a sobering lesson for today’s young readers to ponder upon. After all, the challenges and possible effects of global warming and consequent flooding on a massive scale will be the world these young people inherit.
Perhaps it is no accident that the writer commenced her stories in the lost city of Atlantis. It is my opinion that the Shadows of the Past series explore the Ancient World in a delightful and very readable way. History is not dull when you read Wendy Leighton-Porter’s books. Indeed, her Atlantean family in the Shadow of Atlantis escape to Crete and I am eager to meet up with the children…and Max, of course, in the next book of the series, The Shadow of the Minotaur. I am sure I won’t be disappointed. Books for young and the not so young. Long may the series continue!
Not surprisingly, given the title, the first trip takes them to Atlantis. They remember reading about its disappearance from the face of the earth, assumed to be due to a natural disaster, and persuade the friends they make there that it is a really good time to emigrate. Naturally, the priests at the temple don't take kindly to strangely dressed foreigners telling their people to leave, so some shenanigans go on which allows the author to delve even deeper into the historical elements of early civilisations.
Although the story is in itself an interesting and enjoyable adventure, there is the overarching theme of the search for Jemima and Joe's parents, who disappeared one day. They also went exploring using the strange book - but didn't know about the translation device, and through another simple mistake are trapped wherever they last went. There is plenty of scope for Ms Leighton-Porter to take us through a raft of ancient civilisations in the search for them, and I for one am looking forward to the journey.
Action adventure with siblings friends and pets
No violence although some tension
Had a feel good factor