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Children's Fiction Fantasy & Magic

The Ruined City

by (author) John Wilson

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Category
Fantasy & Magic, Asia, Asian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459819702
    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
    $10.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459819719
    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
    $13.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12

Description

Howard is a lonely, geeky tenth-grader dealing with a father who's had some kind of breakdown, a flaky, overprotective mother and frightening waking dreams. Then he meets Cate, a strange girl who convinces him that he is an Adept, which means he can communicate through dreams with other dimensions and, under certain circumstances, travel between them. Howard discovers that our world is only one of several dimensions swirling in time and space, and that one of the others, peopled by unimaginably powerful monsters, is approaching Earth for the first time in millennia. The last time the dimensions coincided, our world was saved by the breaking of a powerful golden mask in the Chinese city of Sanxingdui. Together, Howard and Cate travel through time and space, meeting other Adepts and avoiding lurking monsters, in a quest to find the three fragments of the golden mask and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

About the author

John Wilson was born in 1951 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He did his early growing up on the Island of Skye and in Paisley, near Glasgow. From 1969 to 1974, he attended the University of St. Andrews where he took an Honours B.Sc.. in Geology and never played golf once. He took a position with the Geological Survey of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). In his two years there, he mapped rocks, dodged land mines and watched the country sink ever deeper into civil war. Shortly before he was due to be called into the army, John retreated back to Britain on his way to the safety of Canada. He settled on Calgary where geology was booming and the only danger was freezing to death in January. In 1979, he moved to Edmonton to take up a post with the Alberta Geological Survey. In 1988 he sold a feature article to the Globe and Mail. This fueled a smouldering mid-life crisis and he took up freelance writing full-time. With some success, John mined the experiences of his travels for articles, journalism and photo essays. He even began to express himself poetically and, with a young family, began writing children's stories. He moved to Nanaimo and then Lantzville on Vancouver Island. John has been widely published by a number of Canadian presses, with his acolades including a shortlisting for the Governor General’s Award.

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Awards

  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

&quotArresting visuals.&quot

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"An ambitious story, weaving in ancient civilizations from all over the world…Fascinating."

Kirkus Reviews

&quotFor libraries where fantasy with elements of horror circulates well.&quot

School Library Journal

&quotHand to dedicated fantasy and time-travel fans.&quot

Booklist

"A tale of adventure and monsters, The Ruined City, with more than a nod to H.P. Lovecraft, should appeal to readers who enjoy a mystery and slimy monsters from another dimension. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"An enjoyable ride, with nods to Indiana Jones, Tolkien, Lovecraft, and even Dorothy's red slippers…satisfyingly twisted and complicated."

School Library Connection

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