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The Secrets of Solace
Contributor(s): Johnson, Jaleigh
ISBN: 0385376480     ISBN-13: 9780385376488
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: March 2016
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Annotation: Forced to spend long days in the strongholds of the archivists in the wake of the Iron War, apprentice Lina Winterbock discovers a half-buried airship in a secluded cavern and attempts to restore it with the help of a mysterious boy who holds a dangerous secret. By the author of The Mark of the Butterfly. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fantasy.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015009830
Lexile Measure: 830
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 371 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 182104
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 14.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71252
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 21.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
In the future world of Solace, junior apprentice archivist Lina dreams of bringing the airship she discovered to life, but she can't do it on her own. She recruits war refugee Ozben to help her, but he has his own dangerous secrets. Although the story's villains are two-dimensional stereotypes, Lina and Ozben's gripping emotional saga as they learn to trust others is realistic. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 May)

Gr 4–8—Archivist apprentice Lina lives in the future world of Solace, learning to analyze the curious treasures that fall from the sky in the scrap towns on the borders. Under the absentminded guidance of Councilwoman Zara, the lonely orphaned Lina has become isolated from her fellow apprentices, spending her time eavesdropping on secret conversations and exploring forbidden tunnels. With the discovery of a hidden sentient airship named Merlin, and the assistance of Ozben (a prince who is hiding from vicious assassins), the intrepid Lina sets out to fly Ozben to alert his combatant sister to a treasonous plot to escalate the Iron War, rescuing its desperate refugees on the way. In the midst of a fierce storm, Lina pilots Merlin safely to the rescue, only to face the Solace archivists threatening to seize and imprison the living airship for research on her return. Johnson has achieved another winner in this second book in the series. Lina is a tough cookie who doesn't give up easily, and her dangerous humanitarian mission brings her respect and friendship from unlikely places—and the delicate beginnings of romance, too. Johnson has a sure touch in writing for this age group. Lina's terrible loneliness at the beginning of the story, her forlorn attempts to emotionally engage her disinterested caregiver, and her endearing clumsiness will strike a chord with every (misunderstood) tweenage reader. Johnson's imaginative future world is so cleverly realized and appealing—with the soul of the airship visualized as a tiny flame, chameleons morphing between human and dragonlike form, the memory jar with its "thin pink mist" containing crucial memories unique to the person holding it, the insect lumatites gathering on Lina's glove to light her tunnel explorations—that it almost feels as if readers are already in the movie that this series will hopefully spawn. VERDICT Highly recommended for those who have finished with Harry and are too young for Katniss.—Jane Barrer, United Nations International School, New York City

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