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The League of Seven, Alan Gratz ; illustrations by Brett Helquist

Label
The League of Seven
Title
The League of Seven
Statement of responsibility
Alan Gratz ; illustrations by Brett Helquist
Title variation
League of 7
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When an alternate 1875 steam-driven America rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn monsters, and the secret society to protect humanity from the Mangleborn is compromised, twelve-year-old Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world
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  • Grades 4-7 This hybrid of steampunk and alternate American history features a hell-raising girl’s school, Atlantis, and three highly likable leads in a yarn rip-roaring from start to finish. It’s 1875, and Archie Dent is the son of Septembrists, members of a secret society who protect humanity from the Mangleborn. There is a cyclical nature to their work: the Septembrists subdue the Mangleborn and lock them beneath the earth, but the Mangleborn eventually rise again. When Archie’s parents are brainwashed by a new Mangleborn threat, he sets out to recruit a League of Seven, the legendary combination of a Tinker, a Lawbringer, a Scientist, a Trickster, a Warrior, a Shadow, and a Hero. The first two are Fergus, a mechanic in a kilt, rescued from a maniacal Thomas Edison, and Hachi, a Native American girl who wants to assassinate Edison. Moments of humor and pathos enliven the history and fantasy. Though the main plot concerning Archie’s parents is resolved, there is plenty to address and discover in a sequel. -- Dean, Kara (Reviewed 08-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 22, p74)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — The Septemberist Society is a secret society that remembers the past and watches for signs that the Mangleborn might escape from underground prisons the Ancient League built for them. Septemberists exist because "people didn't want to know there were really monsters in the world" as they wait for a new League of Seven to be born to fight the ever-lurking evil in this steampunk world. Archie, born to Septemberist parents, is thrust into the middle of a massive Mangleborn uprising after his parents are attacked by tentacled, buglike manglespawn. Our reluctant hero now has his quest assignment: to save his parents, and in doing so, prevent the darkness that lives beneath the swamps of Florida from taking over the world. Every reluctant hero needs trusty sidekicks—Archie has Mr. Rivets, his Tik-Tok machine-man servant; Fergus, a boy working with Edison on "lektricity"; and Hachi, a First Nations girl who has dedicated her life to being a warrior. Together, they must battle Manglespawn monsters, armies of insect men, and Edison's assassinbot. And if they succeed? Well, as Archie would say, that would be so brass. This steampunk love-letter set in an alternative 1870s America, packs in quite a lot of action, if sometimes at the expense of character development. So many steampunk elements have been worked into book that readers may experience sensory overload. The first installment in a planned trilogy.—Meg Allison, The Moretown School, VT --Meg Allison (Reviewed August 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 8, p87)
  • Archie Dent’s parents, who are researchers for the secretive Septemberist Society in a steampunk 1875 America, have just discovered that one of the monstrous immortal Mangleborn, imprisoned centuries earlier, is about to rise again. Legends say that seven heroes will emerge to defeat the monsters, so 12-year-old Archie isn’t worried—until a Mangleborn called the Swarm Queen takes control of his parents’ brains. To save them, Archie teams up with Hachi, a Seminole girl with excellent fighting skills and a dark past, and Fergus, a young inventor scarred by his experiments with electricity. The formation of the League requires a strong ensemble cast, and Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) delivers admirably in this first installment in a planned trilogy, even with only three of its members yet introduced. An enticing alternate history presents an America in which Native tribes have as much power and presence as Yankees, with politics of their own to navigate. Gratz has created an imaginative world with appeal far beyond its immediate middle-grade market. Art not seen by PW. Ages 10–14. Author’s agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 9, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 23, p)
  • Gratz works an unusual twist into the familiar teens-saving-the-Earth-from-monsters trope: The protagonist is both archetypal hero and, at least potentially, nemesis.Said twist adds major complications as this opener brings together the first three of seven young team members, each specifically typecast, destined to battle the Mangleborn—huge, unkillable monsters that previous Leagues of Seven have tackled at regular intervals down the ages. In an alternate 1875, a giant statue of Hiawatha stands in the harbor of the United Nationsâ€TM (rather than Statesâ€TM) New Rome, and technology is based on clockworks rather than electricity. An attack on his librarian parents and the secret Septemberist Society to which they belong leads 12-year-old Archie, his wind-up sidekick, Mr. Rivets, and two capable new friends into a desperate scramble to keep the insectile Mangleborn Swarm Queen from escaping her subterranean prison in Florida. Archieâ€TMs discovery that, like his doomed predecessors Heracles and CÃo Chullainn, his special powers come with a dark side leaves him (not to mention his fellow League members) profoundly disturbed at the close. (Helquistâ€TMs illustrations not seen at time of review.)Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty—plus truly icky foes inspired, the author acknowledges, by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener. (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10351696
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gratz, Alan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
740L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.G77224
LC item number
Le 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Helquist, Brett
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
League of Seven
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Secret societies
  • Monsters
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Secret societies
  • Monsters
  • Science fiction
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The League of Seven, Alan Gratz ; illustrations by Brett Helquist
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Copyright
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  • "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
  • Includes a reading group guide
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1032803
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
350 pages
Isbn
9780765338228
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014015435
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
map
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780765338228
Label
The League of Seven, Alan Gratz ; illustrations by Brett Helquist
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
  • Includes a reading group guide
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1032803
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
350 pages
Isbn
9780765338228
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014015435
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
map
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780765338228

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