By Random House

Reviewed for Fourth Grade, 2013

The Emerald Atlas

Relatable characters, a pulsing plot, and an author (formerly a television writer) who really knows how to maintain suspense make this fantasy a delicious adventure. The story revolves around a magic book and three siblings who must learn to wield it. From dismal orphanages to precarious time travel, there’s a lot of motion in these pages, and it’s hard not to gulp it up in an all-night reading session. From start to finish, John Stephen’s storytelling left us breathless and anxious for more—luckily, there’s a sequel already on the shelves. Not so luckily, the third book in the trilogy is yet to be released. We’ll be waiting with baited breath. (Yearling, $7.19)