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The Shadow of Atlantis (Shadows from the Past Book 1) by [Leighton-Porter, Wendy]
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Ten-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book which had belonged to their father holds the answer… and so begins an unusual quest to discover the truth.

Together with Max, their remarkable Tonkinese cat, and Charlie from next door, the children embark on an epic adventure, travelling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis. Once there, however, they soon run into problems.

Can they save the people of Atlantis from the disaster which is about to destroy their land forever?

And will they find their way back to the safety of their own time before it’s too late?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing; 2 edition (April 22 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X2BGVK
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The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in a series featuring 10 year-old twins Joe and Jemima, their friend Charlie, and the talking Tonkinese cat, Max. We first meet Joe and Jemima when they go to live with their Uncle Richard after their parents’ mysterious disappearance. When their friend Charlie comes over for a visit, they stumble upon their parents’ most prized possession in an old wooden chest in the attic: an ancient book titled Shadows From the Past. To unlock its magical powers, the children must first solve a riddle and when they do, they find themselves (and Max) whisked away to the past in the mythical city of Atlantis.

Soon, the friends find themselves warmly welcomed by a family in Atlantis, but not everyone is so keen on accepting these mysterious strangers within their midst – - especially when they begin to prophecize about the destruction of their beloved city of Atlantis. Will Joe, Jemima, Charlie (and Max) be able to convince their new-found friends to leave their home before Atlantis is submerged forever?

My Thoughts:

Wendy Leighton-Porter has written a fantastic series of books (i.e., Shadows From the Past) filled with mystery, suspense, and adventure. If you’ll recall, we helped to promote the fourth book in the series, The Shadow of The Pyramid back in March. The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in a series of 15 planned stories that all involve time-travel to historically relevant eras and/or locations including Atlantis, ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, Arthurian times, among others. In each story, the children travel back and encounter the people of that time (sometimes legendary – King Tut for example) and based on their knowledge of historical events (e.g.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9efdcd98) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eff2534) out of 5 stars The author seamlessly blended modern children into an ancient civilization Oct. 21 2013
By Kirstin - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a fun story. From the very start, I felt connected to the characters, understanding their feelings desires, relationships. The author writes with an ease that made the world building, characters and story flow.

The story is clear and precise, balancing the development of the world, the plot and the characters. I never felt a moment if confusion (even with the suspension of belief) or wish for more depth. The author seamlessly blended modern children into an ancient civilization.

When they made it to Atlantis, there was a realism I didn't expect. I expected more mysticism and beauty. But instead felt the realism of Atlantis as a place, and I appreciated that. This is a nice story that combines adventure, mythology, and friendship. It tells the tale of friendship, using each other's talents and skills, and being brave despite rough circumstances... And that adventure can happen when you least expect it.

A solid 4 star story! I look forward to the rest of her series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eff2588) out of 5 stars Young Adult Fantasy of Delight Nov. 17 2013
By Ruth A. Hill - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was an absolutely delightful young adult fantasy novel, and throughout most of the book, all I found myself thinking was how much my daughter would relish this book. But amazingly, I enjoyed it, too. As far as I am concerned, that gives even more credence to my claim that this is a book well worth your time and energy (or at least that of your children).

The positives in this book comprise quite a list. The book is clean, adventuresome, intriguing, historical (maybe pseudo), witty, and never scary. It involves time travel, and the cat is the acclaimed hero! Thankfully this appears to be a new series, and the first chance I get, I plan to introduce this book to my daughter.

As a side note, this 5-star review is a bit out of the norm for me when it comes to young adult and fantasy novels. And that can only be explained by the author's writing prowess. The story flows well and it easy to read without becoming cheesy. Rarely am I able to recommend a young adult book to all.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eff29c0) out of 5 stars A fun and adventure tale into the past July 22 2013
By Charlie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I think there just aren't enough books written for children involving time travel so well done to this author for creating this exciting series. This is the first book in this adventure series and it will hook you that you will want to read the others. It's a story that takes you on a journey into the past with likable characters and at a good pace - I highly recommend it.
HASH(0x9eff2d80) out of 5 stars For the adventure seeking kid Oct. 1 2013
By Naila Moon - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book opens with Joe and Jemima's beloved cat, Max, watching curiously as some strange event is unfolding in the attic. This event culminates in the twin's parents disappearing.

The children go to live with their Uncle Richard and his housekeeper Mrs. Garland. They befriend the next door neighbor boy, Charlie.

The trio soon finds the mysterious and old dusty book that belongs to the Lancelot twin's parents.

With a little 10 year old ingenuity, they manage to open the book and discover one of its secrets...getting swept back in time to Atlantis! There they meet Varda and are able to speak her language in yet another secret of the book. It turns out, so can Max! Varda takes the trio to meet her parents and family whom they end up staying with.

The adventure continues as Joe, Jemima, Charlie and Max along with Varda's help, explore this ancient and mythical city. Of course with every good story they run into some major trouble, especially when they try to warn the city people about impending danger.

Will they be able to warn the inhabitants in time? Will the manage to find their way out of trouble and return home? Will they find their parents? That is up to you to find out when you read the book.


This chapter book by author, Wendy Leighton-Porter is certainly for the adventure seeking kid. This is her first in a series and really does not disappoint.

Even though I am much older than the 8 year old up that would be recommended age group to read this, I found myself engrossed in this book.

It had everything the young adventurer wants, fun characters who are relatable, mystery and a little mayhem too.

This book is a must read and gets 5 stars!

~Naila Moon

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
HASH(0x9eff2e64) out of 5 stars The Shadow of Atlantis by Wendy Leighton-Porter Oct. 7 2013
By CILLYart@CILLYart4U - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Shadow of Atlantis by Wendy Leighton-Porter is an engaging chapter book for young readers (ages 7 -12) about 10 year old twins, Joe and Jemima Lancelot, their Tonkenese cat, Max, and their neighborhood friend, Charlie. The story begins at the mysterious disappearance of the twins' parents and the only clues to be found were an old wooden chest, an ancient book, a key charm on a gold chain, and two sets of footprints on dusty floor of their attic. Their uncle, an archeology professor, becomes their legal guardian and takes them into their home to raise them until their parents are found. As the shock of their parent's disappearance wanes, the children meet and become friends with the neighbor boy, Charlie. With their uncle's permission, the children are able to look at the old chest and book, soon realizing that the charm on the chain that belonged to their mother was a key to opening the mystical magic of the ancient book. Max, the cat is close at hand as they figure out how to open the book and begin reading the first part, witness the strange mist that forms in the middle of the room, and find additional charms hidden in part of the wooden chest's worn velvet lining. Curiosity overcomes the children and they go inside the mist and find themselves transported to the ancient city of Atlantis. They meet and become friends with an ancient Atlantean family whose daughter, Varna, is about their age. Knowing that the ancient city of Atlantis was to succumb to some disaster, the three children try to convince Varna and her family of the city's pending doom. Eventually, their strange fair looks, clothing and warnings are noticed by the priests of the temple of the god, Poseidon. They remembered the strange man and woman that came months before that warned of some catastrophe to strike Atlantis that the priests and an angry mob had driven out before. To conserve the control the priests had over the people of Atlantis, they plot the capture of the strange children and their odd cat. When the cat and the children disappear, Varna's family and neighbors are alarmed and become more certain that the children's warnings are truthful, especially when Atlantis begins to experience earth tremors. Max the cat is able to escape and with the help of magic from the charm attached to his collar, he leads Varna to the other children and they are able to help free Joe, Jemima and Charlie. When the temple priests realize their captives have escaped, they go after them, but Varna's family and their friends run them off, angry at how they treated their guests. Meanwhile, the earth tremors are increasing in number and intensity and the Atlanteans that know Joe, Jemima and Charlie heed their warnings just in time.

I really enjoyed this simple story of mystery, magic, and myth and thought that the author did an excellent job in engaging her readers, especially younger readers from second to sixth grade. The ten year old characters in the story seem true to the age of a ten year old boy and girl, and also her portrayal of the policeman investigating the disappearance of the Lancelot parents, the archeology professor, a matronly housekeeper, and an ancient Greek family and people of in Atlantis. The plot was simple enough to be followed by young readers, yet tantalizing enough to keep them reading to find out how the modern children and the good Atlantean people they came to know were saved from the impending doom of this fabled city. However, I thought the way the author used apostrophe-like marks at the beginning and ending of sentences instead of quotation marks was very odd. Also, I noticed that this author also uses a few old clichés in her writing, which I've heard is undesirable for descriptive writing. Cliches, such as "Does that `ring any bells?' " (for `ring a bell,' meaning does it `sound familiar?'), are not usually understood by young readers.

Overall, I think this is a delightful story that will intrigue young readers, their families and teachers for individual reading, story time and reading groups! The fact that the children realize that their parents were the previous strangers that gave the initial warning of impending doom to the inhabitants of Atlantis, they had new hope that their parents were still alive and just lost in the ancient world. With their magical charms, they also have great hope of returning to the ancient world to find them, hence the Shadow of...Series is born. When I read this and shared it with my grandson, we both felt a great desire to read the next book to find out what happens and hope to read it very soon!

CILLYart4U's rating: ★★★★½