Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Dimensions:7.77in x 5.16 x 0.9 in | 0.56 lb
Page Count:352 pages
COMBINES EPIC AND EPICALLY FUNNY: Hailed by Kirkus as a “potent blend of magic, adventure, and humor,” Chris nails that elusive balance of high-stakes, heroic storytelling and straight-up comedy that’s resonating so well with middle-grade readers (see: The Last Kids on Earth).
GATEWAY TO TOLKIEN AND BEYOND: Greg’s adventure takes classic fantasy lore (dwarves, elves, ancient prophecies, sentient weaponry) and pairs it with a modern setting and a thoroughly relatable protagonist, making it the perfect stepping stone for middle-grade readers not yet ready to take on Tolkien.
AUTHOR WITH MIDDLE GRADE CHOPS: Chris Rylander is the author of the critically acclaimed Fourth Stall series, a middle-grade sendup of The Godfather, which won SCBWI’s Sid Fleishman Humor Award. Chris has that elusive talent for simultaneously satirizing and paying homage to classic genres—all while making them fresh and appealing to middle-grade readers.
MOVIE MOVEMENT: This project was developed in collaboration with Temple Hill Productions (the team behind the Love, Simon, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, and The Maze Runner movies) with an eye toward book-to-film development.
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