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Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger Paperback – Jul 13 2011
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In true adventurer form, Professor Atlas, Tyler, and Brandon immediately find themselves in hot water. Evidentially, they aren't the only ones looking for the dagger. Professor Atlas` old rival Blackjack hijacks them demanding to know the location of Hallswich Castle. Although they manage to escape, it won't be their last run in with Blackjack.
Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger is quite the adventure. Not only do the boys find their lives in danger several times but they also travel to the past to actually meet Mercastus. Loved this story completely and can't wait for more adventures from this trio.
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In author Paul Maguire's debut novel, PROFESSOR ATLAS AND THE SUMMONING DAGGER, almost eighth-grader Tyler Gerard and his best friend, Brandon Giles, are about to find out answers to the above questions. The contest should be a cinch, right? The boys know just about everything there is to know about Professor Fielding Atlas. The professor will select two winners to accompany him to England where he'll be studying a site where a medieval castle once stood. Well, the test is not exactly what the boys were expecting, but they put their ingenuity to work to solve each question presented to them. I'm not going to spoil the fun for you, but they do win and soon find themselves in London. Villains, time travel, a dagger, a castle, threats of being beheaded, you name it. Mr. Maguire's novel covers just about everything. The boys and Professor Atlas get out of one mess only to find themselves in another. If it's possible to change history, Tyler, Brandon, and the professor are the guys that can do it.
The author has written a story with plenty of action and adventure to keep you reading on into the late hours of the night. I think you'll find yourself rooting for the boys as they encounter a host of unusual characters and obstacles, but deal with them many times like typical teen boys would do. I believe we'll be seeing more of Professor Atlas, Tyler, and Brandon in future stories. This is a fine debut novel. I'm looking forward to more from this author. I think you will be too once you've read PROFESSOR ATLAS AND THE SUMMONING DAGGER.
Paperback copy courtesy of the author and Dog Ear Publishing.
First and foremost, the characters are fundamentally sound. There are no funny quirks, or odd psychic powers, or strange abilities, or supposedly hilarious "tics" or habits. There are no tween drama queen companions. That kind of character creation looks good on an outline, but it can be awfully wearing during the course of an entire book or series. The same is true of plotting that is overly frantic, or that just veers into complete silliness. Here, Tyler and Brandon are smart, decent, reliable and loyal kids, having an adventure overseen by the knowledgeable and resourceful Professor Atlas. A reader can identify with and root for these heroes without distraction.
That said, the story is told with good humor and a light touch. There are breaks between the action, and engaging exchanges among the characters. The idea here is to have excitement and fun; this is not an unrelievedly brutal dystopian tale. Heck, this is a book where the two heroes are supposed to be good friends and they actually act like and feel like they truly are friends. (If the only aim of this book was to set out how two best friends should behave toward each other, it would be worthwhile right there.)
Apart from strong characters and a compelling plot, this book is also marked by writing of a high quality. By that I mean that it is both well constructed, and that it reflects a very nice command of language, description, observation, and dialogue. Scenes are well described; exchanges among characters feel authentic; mood and settings are well established. The tale is efficiently told - it isn't hurried, but it also isn't bogged down by a lot of extraneous matter. The tone is consistent - the book doesn't veer between writing for adults and writing for chapter book readers.
So, if you want a well written middle grade adventure tale with a lot going for it and a lot of appealing aspects, then this book is certainly worth considering. (By the way, the Amazon sample is huge, so you can get a really good idea of the book by reviewing it.)
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to the author or the publisher of this book.
I throughly enjoyed Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger. It is entertaining! Has problems that make you think. (I could not think of how to solve them) Has villians and heroes,jesters,knights in armor,magic and lots of fun.
Professor Atlas is having a contest that started a year ago in different cities. The two winners will get to go on a dig with him and have an adventure. He has a big following on his web site
Brandon Giles and Tyler Gerard are seventh graders and big fans of Professor Atlas. They here about the contest and study for a week they are sure they are the biggest fans of thier school. The day of the contest they find out that the contest has been running a year not a week like they thought. All the other cities had contest and the winners of thier cities now all converged to compete for the two spots.
The teams had two team members to try for the contest.
Brandon and Tyler are a little more worried about it but they are going to do thier best. Thier are a lot of kids thier for this final day of the contest. Instead of answering questions about the Professor Atlas and his trips they are riddles and other tests they need to pass. If they guess wrong they are out. If another team goes faster than them and come in before they pass they are out.
I did not want to stop once I started the book. It was hard to put the book down. I look forward to more books with Professor Atlas in the future. or in the past.
In 1342 a wizard standing on the ruins of his city sends the last of his magic into the dagger and buries it deep in the rubble. To one day be found by someone that can stop his city from being destroyed.
This is the famous tale of the Summoning Dagger that others have looked for it and now Professor Atlas believes he can find it. He does not realize that magic was real and if when he finds it he will go back to the 1300 BC.
This is a fun adventure that fans of Ranger Apprentice,Percy Jackson, Harry Potter or Jimmy Coates will enjoy. All ages can read it and escape into the past to see what life is like and if they can make a difference.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
I see Amazon shows different Pub. dates and netgalley shows one so I am including both.
Publisher:Smith Publicity Nov 6, 2012 220 pages
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (August 29, 2011) ISBN-10: 1457505096