Author(s): S. E. Grove
Boston, 1891. Thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims lives with her uncle, cartologer Shadrack Elli, in a world torn to pieces by the Great Disruption of 1799 - when all of the continents were mysteriously thrown into different time periods, from the prehistoric era to the fortieth century. Sophia's parents are explorers. She has not seen them in years, since they went on an expedition and never returned. When Shadrack is kidnapped from their home, Sophia sets out-along with her new friend, Theo - to find him. Their journey takes them across the country. Along with a group of lawabiding pirates, and a wayward botanist and his daughter, they search for Sophia's uncle, and run for their lives. What they learn-about mapmaking, the changes taking place in the world, and the legends of the land-transforms Sophia forever.
A spectacular, not-to-bemissed paperback in the mold of the children's classic The Golden Compass.
A Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices SelectionA Junior Library Guild SelectionOne ofPublishers Weekly s Best Summer Reads Not since Philip Pullman's"The Golden Compass"have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book. Megan Whalen Turner, New York Timesbest-selling author ofA Conspiracy of Kings " "I think"The Glass Sentence i"s absolutely marvelous. It s the best book I ve read in a long time. The world-building is so convincing, the plot so fast-moving and often surprising, and the ideas behind the novel so completely original. I love this book. Nancy Farmer, National Book Award-winning author ofThe House of the Scorpion I loved it! So imaginative! Nancy Pearl An exuberantly imagined cascade of unexplored worlds, inscribed in prose and detail as exquisite as the ... maps young Sophia uses to navigate such unpredictable landscapes. A book like a pirate's treasure hoard for map lovers like me." Elizabeth Wein, New York Timesbest-selling author ofCode Name Verity * Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction . . . Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare. Kirkus Reviews, starred review * A thrilling, time-bending debut . . . It s a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic. Publishers Weekly, starred review"
S.E. Grove is a historian and world traveler. This is her first novel.