The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginning)

Book 1 of 3 in the Books of Beginning Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.9101794
"A strong . . . new trilogy, invoking just a little Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events along the way."—Realms of Fantasy

Siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world . . . a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is true—what they do can change history, and it's up to them to set things right.

"A new Narnia for the tween set."—The New York Times

"[A] fast-paced, fully imagined fantasy."—Publishers Weekly

"Echoes of other popular fantasy series, from "Harry Potter" to the "Narnia" books, are easily found, but debut author Stephens has created a new and appealing read . . ."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published on April 5, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375868704
ISBN-13: 9780375868702
63 Book Reviews
  • 4usa
    4usaabout 2 years44 stars
    This is a pretty good book! 10 years ago on Christmas eve the parents of three siblings were forced to give their children up so that they could live to complete their destiny but they promised that they would be together again! Now at 11, 12, and 14 they have gone from orphanage to orphanage with their parents promise in mind! They are sent to another one but this one is different! This time it's in a magical world of not so magical! It's a wasteland but where are the children? They end up finding a book that allows them to time travel! Will they fix the past and achieve their destiny?
    • jynyhivafi
      jynyhivafiover 4 years55 stars
      this book is good. its about 3 orphans who try to find out there parents history and where they are if i say anymore its spoiling it its not just about that
      • ;pover 5 years
        this sounds really good
        • birdfantasy
          birdfantasyover 5 years44 stars
          im still reading this but if you like fantasy, this is the book
          • caramelcorn
            caramelcornover 7 years
            My friend told me to get this book. I haven't read that much, but it's REALLY good so far. A bit confusing, but still really good.
            • flores101
              Miss Floover 7 years55 stars
              My class loved this book so I read it myself it is a great book for middle schoolers. I enjoyed this book a lot.Thank you.
              • chocolatecandy5
                chocolatecandy5over 7 years
                This book seams interesting. When I look at the cover it looks interesting to read so I think it is a very good book to read.
                • asma234
                  asma234over 7 years22 stars
                  This book was pretty interesting,and adventurous.It's about 3 orphans who's parent's had to leave them because of a power they didn't want hem to find out about.They are taken to orphanage after orphanage.They start finding out about the powers there parent's where hiding from them.It kind of reminded me of A Series or Unfortunate event's.I do think the author could have been more original.It would have made the book really cool and interesting.
                  • mydogdiva2
                    mydogdiva2over 7 years44 stars
                    : Similar to the Percy jackson series I loved the adventure. THank you dogo books for giving me this amazing book. I would recommend this book to all.
                    • redheadperson22
                      redheadperson22almost 8 years22 stars
                      What I thought of it: I started this book, but I couldn't finish it. First of all, it was VERY cliché. It's about 3 orphans who's parents have abandoned them, but they think their parents are eventually coming back to them. Kate (the oldest) tries to be all responsible one and whatnot, because she's the oldest and her mom told her to take care of siblings (kind of like Violet Baudelaire). Michael is the middle child and he's a nerd who likes to read and wears glasses (remind you of Clause Baudelaire?). Emma is the youngest and she's somewhat rude and kind of pugnacious (a little bit like Sunny Baudelaire). So this book basically seemed like A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Sisters Grimm smashed together. I couldn't really get past that, and that's why I didn't finish it. It just couldn't hold my attention. A lot of other people probably liked it, but it just wasn't for me.