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Title:
The serpent's curse
Author:
Abbott, Tony, 1952-
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper Audio, 2014.
Physical Description:
9 audio discs (approximately 10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
The hunt for the first relic in Copernicus's legacy has sent Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca to the far reaches of the world and put them in serious danger. But they never imagined joining this quest would come at such a high cost. Sara Kaplan, Darrell and Wade's mother, has been kidnapped by the conniving Galina Krause.
General Note:
Title from container.

Compact disc.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
3-7.

740 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780062329325
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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Protecting the Legacy has its price.

The hunt for the first relic in Copernicus's legacy has sent Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca to the far reaches of the world and put them in serious danger. But they never imagined joining this quest would come at such a high cost. Sara Kaplan--Darrell and Wade's mother--has been kidnapped by the conniving Galina Krause.

Which means the stakes couldn't be higher for the Kaplan family as they race across cold desolate landscapes, speedboat through narrow canals, and sprint through busy city streets in search of the sought-after relic called the Serpens. Along the way, they meet another network of Guardians that may help them complete their journey, but will the kids get to Sara in time to save her life?

Filled with more riddles, puzzles, and secret histories, The Serpent's Curse is the second suspenseful book in bestselling author Tony Abbott's exciting Copernicus Legacy series.


Author Notes

Tony Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 7, 1952. He attended the University of Connecticut, majoring first in music, then psychology, and finally English. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature. After that, he traveled to Europe before returning home and finding work in a variety of bookstores, a library and at an Internet book and magazine publisher.

His first published book, Danger Guys, was written while taking a writing class with children's author, Patricia Reilly Giff. Since then, he's written over 75 books for children ages 6 to 12, including The Secrets of Droon series, The Haunting of Derek Stone series, and The Time Surfers series. Firegirl won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction in 2007 and The Postcard won the Edgar Award for the Best Juvenile Mystery novel in 2009.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Still hot on the trail of the relics forming Copernicus' world-altering time machine, Wade, Becca, Lily, Darrell, and Roald continue their travels, breaking codes, solving clues, and evading the dangerous Order of Teutonic Knights. After a rendezvous in London with a Russian expert in ancient languages, the kids set out to Moscow, Siberia, and St. Petersburg, peeling back layers of secrets in order to uncover the hidden location of the two parts of the next relic on their list, a bejeweled serpent that comes to life when the pieces are joined. While following their leads, the kids and Wade's father also catch wind of the location of Darrell's mother, kidnapped by the order and held captive in a dangerous time machine. Though the breakneck pace and frenetic plot at times makes this installment in the Copernicus Legacy series feel overstuffed, the slow, intriguing reveals of enticing secrets about the order and, in particular, the mysterious origins of its leader will keep the pages flying and build ample anticipation for the next book. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Abbott's publishers are accelerating the momentum started with the series opener by adding a book tour and live relic hunt to the mix.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Still reeling from their last adventure in The Forbidden Stone (HarperCollins, 2014) which ended only hours before, Wade, Darrell, Becca, and Lily are nearly killed by Galina and the evil Order. So begins another around-the-globe hunt for one of 12 mysterious relics that can reactivate a time-traveling astrolabe built by Nicolas Copernicus. But the relic is not the only valuable thing the group is searching for: they must find and rescue Darrell's mother, kidnapped by Galina's thugs. Codes and riddles point the way to the hidden relic, and though readers are unable to participate in solving the puzzles, they will have fun witnessing the characters use their complementary skills to work together and find the answers. The novel's challenge is its length: multiple plotlines and secondary characters are interesting but numerous enough to slow down the otherwise fast-paced narrative. Moderate violence (stabbing, shooting, poisoning, and explosions) contrasts with occasional juvenile phrases such as, "Wade had been giving Becca goo-goo eyes." and "you are being tremendously awesome". References to the companion novella, The Copernicus Archives: Wade and the Scorpion's Claw, (HarperCollins, 2014) whose events take place after the first novel and before this title, add another layer. Readers learn a bit more about each of the four young heroes in this second installment, but those wishing for more character development will want to read the novellas. Fans of the series will eagerly await the next entry.-Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.