Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 14
- Grade: 5 to 9
Past worlds come crashing into the present…
Fourteen-year-old Eric witnesses a strange confrontation in the city museum between an aged curator and an eerily intense young man. Without warning, Eric finds himself in the middle of a bitter, centuries-old conflict. Ancient Alexander, guardian of the secret of immortality, only wants to preserve the past. But his nemesis, Coyle, will do anything to destroy it. Within the mysterious museum, and far below it in the city's subterranean depths, Eric becomes the pawn in a life-or-death struggle for control over the Live-Forever Machine.
About the author
KENNETH OPPEL is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by The Times (London). He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent and The Boundless. Born on Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and in England and Ireland, and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.
JON KLASSEN is the author-illustrator of This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and I Want My Hat Back, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. He is also the illustrator of Cats' Night Out, which won the Governor General’s Award; The Dark, a finalist for the same award; House Held Up by Trees, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, also a Caldecott Honor Book. He created the concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Originally from Niagara Falls, he now lives in Los Angeles.