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The Resource The battle begins, by Tony Abbott ; illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo

The battle begins, by Tony Abbott ; illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo

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The battle begins
Title
The battle begins
Statement of responsibility
by Tony Abbott ; illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
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Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Owen Brown is your average fourth grader. Or he was, until his best friend, Dana, disappeared right in front of his face, through the floor of the school. Owen's average life has turned upside down. He's determined to find Dana -- before anyone realizes she's missing. Owen sets out on a mysterious, mythological rescue mission with his friends Jon and Sydney. But what none of them know is that Dana's disappearance is part of a much larger riddle. And they're at the center of it"--P. [4] of cover
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Review
  • Grades 2-4 Thinking back, Owen Brown recalls signs that the day was not normal, long before the floor opened up, swallowing his best friend, Dana. Owen and two new friends soon find themselves on a quest to save Dana from Hades and thwart Loki’s efforts to start a war in the Underworlds. With advice from the Valkyries (disguised as lunch ladies), Owen finds the lyre of Orpheus, which quickly dispels all danger. But although Owen’s innate ability to play the lyre stretches credulity, nonstop action with a dash of humor is the focus of the book, not careful logic and nuance. The series mixes Greek, Norse, Babylonian, and Egyptian mythologies and contains plenty of illustrations and a glossary to help struggling readers (though it lacks pronunciation guides). Written as a beginning chapter book, but with fourth-grade protagonists, it will appeal to both younger and older readers. The slim volume ends with a two-page introduction to the Underworlds series’ next book, which promises equal thrills and fast pacing. -- Harold, Suzanne (Reviewed 06-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 19)
  • Looking to feed the insatiable appetite of mythology-mad readers comes a new series that brings the legendary characters up close and personal, especially for four elementary students who face off against Greek and Norse monsters. Owen realizes the day is unusual when his friend, Dana, gets sucked through the school floor while a voice hisses, "The…battle…begins…" Owen teams up with Jon and Sydney to rescue her, and, with the help of Bulfinch's Mythology, they begin a surreal adventure with mythological beasts come to life. They discover that one of the entrances to the Underworld is in their school basement and that all the Underworlds, one for every branch of mythology, are linked. Moreover, the creatures are escaping. Armed with the Lyre of Orpheus, which, when strummed, gives Owen the power of persuasion, they make a deal with Hades, who gives them a chance to find Dana. They do battle with the likes of Cerberus, Myrmidons and Loki. Hades, however, is a double dealer who ups the ante: They are forced do his bidding or lose Dana forever--which becomes the catalyst for the next installment. Intricate black-and-white sketches of mythical monsters and maps enhance this lean and lively tale. A quest just right for readers on the cusp of Percy Jackson. (glossary) (Adventure. 7-10)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10091862
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Abbott, Tony
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • "RL3 007-010"--P. [4] of cover
  • 550L
  • Decoding demand: 86 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 99 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 80 (high)
  • Structure demand: 88 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
3.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Caparó, Antonio Javier
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Underworlds
Series volume
book one
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mythology, Greek
  • Mythology, Norse
  • Missing persons
  • Mythology, Greek
  • Mythology, Norse
  • Missing persons
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The battle begins, by Tony Abbott ; illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
860328
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
101 pages
Isbn
9780545308311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545308311
  • (OCoLC)748336331
Label
The battle begins, by Tony Abbott ; illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
860328
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
101 pages
Isbn
9780545308311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545308311
  • (OCoLC)748336331

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