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|Seeds of rebellion|
Author: Mull, Brandon
When Jason succeeds in finding a way back to Lyrian, he's immediately in more danger than ever.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 20.0 Quiz: 150081
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 30.0 Quiz: 55780
Common Core Standards
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/11)
School Library Journal (03/01/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2012 In the second volume of the Beyonders trilogy, Jason magically journeys from Colorado back to Lyrian, where he hopes to help Prince Galloran defeat Maldor, the evil emperor. Jason’s friend Rachel, a fellow visitor in this alternate world, is developing her powerful magical abilities. But even with all the strength, cunning, and weapons they have on their side, Galloran’s allies are beset by vicious enemies and plagued with worries of a possible spy in their midst. Quick paced and inventive, the story is driven primarily by action. Readers enthralled by A World without Heroes (2011) will welcome this return trip to Lyrian. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2012 Gr 5–8—At the conclusion of A World Without Heroes (S & S, 2011), Jason Walker, 13, was sent back to present-day Colorado—and normal life—against his wishes. Now, he returns to Lyrian to find his friends, including fellow "Beyonder" Rachel and Galloran, the "Blind King." As the nucleus of a grassroots revolt against the malevolent and powerful wizard Maldor, Jason, and his allies embark on a quest to hear an oracle's prophecy: Can evil be bested? Quality world-building lies at the heart of any good fantasy story, and in this aspect Mull excels. The inventive characters and settings—such as the Amar Kabal people, who achieve life after death thanks to the walnut-shaped seeds at the base of their necks that can grow a reincarnated "seedperson" when planted, or the horrific swamp inhabited by giant toads, carnivorous pond scum, and hostile leeches—will enchant fans of fantasy, while plentiful adventure sequences will win over reluctant readers. Mull loses his footing just a bit near the end by including a rather unlikely encounter between the traveling companions and a zombielike people. The circumstances seem tacked on, and the group's escape is a tad implausible, but luckily this is just a small misstep en route to a cliff-hanger of an ending. Readers must be familiar with the first volume in order to understand much of the plot and character development. Recommend these books to fans of Mull's "Fablehaven" series (Shadow Mountain), John Flanagan's "Ranger's Apprentice" series (Philomel), and N.D. Wilson's "100 Cupboards" trilogy (Random).—Sam Bloom, Groesbeck Branch Library, Cincinnati, OH - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.