|Archie Greene and the magician's secret|
Author: Everest, D. D.
Archie Greene has lived with his grandmother since he was a baby, but when a mysterious package arrives on his twelfth birthday with instructions to take it to a strange bookshop in Oxford, he finds himself involved with a secret society of people who protect the world's magical books, and discovers that he has family he never knew about.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 176260
Kirkus Reviews (-) (02/01/15)
School Library Journal (04/01/15)
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Booklist - 03/15/2015 On his twelfth birthday, Archie, an English orphan, is summoned to a formerly unknown magical world where he is destined to fight the powers of darkness—in this case, Barzak, an evil magician who supposedly burned down the Great Library of Alexandria to possess a collection of spell books. In his new life, Archie joins a warm, eccentric extended family of Flame Keepers (aka librarians) at the Museum of Magical Miscellany, hidden beneath the famous Bodleian Library at Oxford University. The book excels in its lighthearted celebration of bibliomancy, with Archie apprenticed to learn the secrets of “finding, binding, and minding” books of power—especially the one that accompanied his own invitation to the museum. This particular volume has waited 400 years for Archie to turn up. Why? And is it for good or for evil? In a series of thrilling adventures, Archie and his new cousins must risk everything to protect the museum against the Greaders, followers of Barzak bent on misusing books of magic to dominate the world. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 Gr 4–6—A 12-year-old orphaned British boy discovers his magical roots and embarks on a quest to save the world alongside his two trusty companions in the hidden world in England that nonmagical people cannot see. No, not the "boy who lived." In this tale, Archie Greene is an apprentice tasked with the protection of magical books, a family tradition. The books are being sought by the Greeders, who want to keep magic (especially dark magic) for their own purposes, and in steps Archie to save the day. Along the way he reunites with long-lost relatives in the family business and learns more about his father. Archie is a likable hero, and his daffy family is warm and inviting. Comparisons between Everest's debut novel and the "Harry Potter" series are inevitable. Though this is lighthearted, fun, and filled with great tidbits for young book lovers, the characters lack depth and the exposition is at times heavy-handed and repetitive. VERDICT An additional purchase where plot-driven magical adventures for the middle grade set are in high demand.—Susannah Goldstein, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.