The Resource The legend of Greg, Chris Rylander

The legend of Greg, Chris Rylander

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The legend of Greg
Title
The legend of Greg
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Chris Rylander
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Language
eng
Summary
"Greg Belmont learns he's anything but ordinary when he discovers he's a real, live, fantastical dwarf and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime"--
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  • Grades 5-7 Tensions rise between Chicago’s elves and dwarfs in this series opener. The sudden abduction of Greg’s pacifist dad and the destruction of their organic teas and oils shop keys off a barrage of stunning twists. Most notable is the revelation that Greg himself is no ordinary chubby 13-year-old but a dwarf, his best friend Edwin is an elf, and, despite a lull, the two races have actually been at war for thousands of years. Though initially it seems silly to continue the conflict, Greg’s discovery that his father is being held in an elven keep hidden in the Hancock Building throws up a wall of suspicion between the friends. As he has shown in his Fourth Stall and Codename Conspiracy series, Rylander can’t stay earnest too long, and so here he saddles his young hero with a broad streak of fatalism (thus the series title, An Epic Series of Failures), a taste for lame puns, and several distractions ranging from a school bully to a bloodthirsty talking war axe. How will nonmagical humans, caught between the two sides, survive? Stay tuned. -- Peters, John (Reviewed 5/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 18, p55)
  • Gr 4–6—Greg has always thought of himself as an ordinary kid. Sure, he has a preternatural appetite for meat-based snacks and a dad who is perpetually traveling in search of esoteric ingredients for the all-natural soaps he makes and sells. But aside from a family history of bad luck, Greg has never encountered anything too peculiar. That is, until the day a larger-than-life man attacks Greg's family store and kidnaps his father. Greg finds out that he and his father are dwarves and the attacker was a troll, most likely summoned by the dwarves' natural enemies, elves. Apparently, there are countless dwarves and elves living mainstream lives in the world, many of whom do not even know they are not human. Greg is taken to the underground headquarters of the Chicago contingent of dwarves and begins combat and magic training for the seemingly inevitable war with the elves. Complicating matters is the revelation that Greg's best (and only) friend Edwin is the child of the political head of the elves. The dwarven world-building is charming; for instance, Greg is surprised to discover that the female dwarves considered the most attractive are the ones with the fullest facial hair. The story, however, is lacking in substance, and the cliff-hanger ending feels like the conclusion of a chapter, not the conclusion of a complete book. VERDICT Purchase only where middle grade fantasy is in high demand.—Shira Pilarski, Farmington Community Library, MI --Shira Pilarski (Reviewed 06/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 6, p80)
  • In this humorous, heartfelt novel, eighth-grader Greg Belmont discovers the true reason for his family’s long history of failure and bad luck: they’re Dwarves, part of a secret, supernatural community that (literally) went underground ages ago. Now, like their ancient enemies, the Elves, they hide in plain sight while waiting for the long-prophesied return of magic. But just as Greg learns about his heritage and his ability to perform magical feats, his father is kidnapped, an event that heralds the start of a new conflict between Dwarves and Elves. As Greg and his Dwarf allies train for battle, he rallies them to rescue his father and avert tragedy, but his efforts may cost him his best friend. In this start to a new series, An Epic Series of Failures, Rylander conjures up an engaging world, filled with hidden magical beings and a rich history. (Famous Elves and Dwarves include Bill Gates, Picasso, both Roosevelt presidents, and Tom Brady.) The premise and entertaining narrative, with its combination of dry humor and supernatural action, should appeal to Rick Riordan fans, while the cliffhanger ending leaves the story poised to proceed in unexpected directions. Ages 8–12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 06/04/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 23, p)
  • In the debut volume of An Epic Series of Failures, 13-year-old Greg Belmont embarks on an adventure he never could have imagined. When Greg's father, who runs the Earthen Goods and Organic Harmony Shop, returns from a trip to Norway with a mysterious new tea, Greg sips some and has his first taste of magic. Turns out, he's a Dwarf, and his best friend, Edwin, is an Elf—and when Greg's father is kidnapped, ancient strife between Dwarves and Elves is resumed. In his first-person, dialogue-rich narrative, Rylander creates a world where humans unknowingly coexist with Dwarves, Elves, Mountain Trolls, Werewolves, and Goblins. Greg teams up with a band of new friends—including Ari, a "pretty Dwarven girl" with punk-styled purple hair—to battle the Elves and find his father. The fight signals the return of magic to the world, an event that may well end the Technological Age: no more internet, TVs, planes, and electricity, an idea sure to intrigue young readers. The tale, rich in Dwarven and Elven lore and ancient magic, is, at its heart, a tale of a young boy coming into his own. Physical descriptions are scanty, with the book assuming a white default. A potent blend of magic, adventure, and humor. (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2018)
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10676912
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Rylander, Chris
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
800L
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Literary form
fiction
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  • 4
  • 6
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True
Series statement
An epic series of failures
Series volume
book 1
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  • Identity
  • Dwarfs (Folklore)
  • Magic
  • Kidnapping
  • Elves
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Fantasy
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Monsters
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Dwarfs (Folklore)
  • Magic
  • Kidnapping
  • Elves
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The legend of Greg, Chris Rylander
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1957179
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9781524739720
Lccn
2017053083
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781524739720
  • (OCoLC)1004448842
Label
The legend of Greg, Chris Rylander
Publication
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
1957179
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9781524739720
Lccn
2017053083
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781524739720
  • (OCoLC)1004448842

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