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Nicholas St. North and the battle of the Nightmare King

by Joyce, William, 1957-

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 12 of 12 copies
Available (12)
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Avalon Public Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC JOY
Location  Avalon Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
 
Call Number  J FIC JOY
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j FICTION Joyce
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  j FICTION Joyce
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Fiction Collection j FICTION Joyce
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
 
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Children Fiction J FIC Joyc 1
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Children Fiction
 
Call Number  J FIC Joyc 1
 
 
Carnegie Library of Homestead Children Fiction J FIC Joyc 1
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Children Fiction
 
Call Number  J FIC Joyc 1
 
 
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Children Fiction J JOY
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
 
Collection  Children Fiction
 
Call Number  J JOY
 
 
Dormont Public Library Juvenile J JOYC
Location  Dormont Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile
 
Call Number  J JOYC
 
 
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Fiction J JOYCE William
Location  Monroeville Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
 
Call Number  J JOYCE William
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j JOYCE William
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Fiction
 
Call Number  j JOYCE William
 
 
Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC JOYCE
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Fiction
 
Call Number  J FIC JOYCE
 
 
Robinson Library Middle Grade Section MG FIC JOYCE
Location  Robinson Library
 
Collection  Middle Grade Section
 
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South Park Library Juvenile jF JOY
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Collection  Juvenile
 
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Summary
Don't miss The Rise of the Guardians , soon to be a major motion picture in theaters November 2012.

Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North--a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune...or save the village.

When our rebellious hero gets sucked into the chaos (literally), the fight becomes very personal. The Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings are ruling the night, owning the shadows, and sending waves of fear through all of Santoff Clausen. For North, this is a battle worth fighting...and, he's not alone. There are five other Guardians out there. He only has to find them in time.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The first book in The Guardians series hints at the origins of Santa Claus; here, a thievish rogue named Nicholas St. North is drawn to the magical Siberian town of Santoff Claussen to defend it against Pitch, the Nightmare King. Though Santoff Claussen is saved, wizard Ombric Shalazar knows the battle with Pitch and his shadowy Fearlings has just begun; having escaped after 1,000 years of imprisonment, Pitch seeks to poison the dreams of all of Earth's children. Ombric, impressed with North's (repressed) goodness, recruits him for a quest to find five ancient relics that will defeat Pitch. Ombric's adventurous ward Katherine; a tiny, spectral boy named Nightlight; and a robot djinni join them. A battle in the Himalayas ends well, with the band obtaining the first relic, but Pitch's return is inevitable. Joyce's detailed illustrations capture the multitude of fantastical settings, weapons, and creatures populating this fast-paced tale. Though occasionally sentimental and lacking in tension, especially when the power of belief easily breaks evil spells and revives beloved dead wizards, the story's inventiveness wins out.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Launching the Guardians series, a chapter book counterpart to Joyce's Guardians of Childhood picture book series, this beguiling clash of good vs. evil brings together several legendary figures, updated by Joyce. Key players include Ombric, a wizard who teaches the children of the village of Santoff Claussen how to make anything they imagine come true; Nicholas St. North, a reformed bandit who becomes Ombric's apprentice; Nightlight, a "spectral boy" who is guardian to Tsar Lunar, ruler of the moon; and Katherine, a brave foundling whose dream foreshadows what North will become: "a powerful figure of unending mirth, mystery, and magic, who lived in a city surrounded by snow." All join forces to defeat Pitch, the King of Nightmares (called "Boogeyman" by children), a mission that culminates in a dramatic battle in the Himalayas. With agility and flair, Joyce and Geringer build layer upon layer of fantasy and provide rich background information about the characters, while leaving much to readers' imagination--and much still to be revealed. As in the narrative, shadow and light play enticing roles in Joyce's b&w illustrations. Ages 7-11. Agent: Michael Siegel & Associates. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Series Joyce, William, 1957- Guardians ; bk. 1.
Subjects Santa Claus -- Juvenile fiction.
Santa Claus -- Fiction.
Good and evil -- Juvenile fiction.
Nightmares -- Juvenile fiction.
Wizards -- Juvenile fiction.
Heroes -- Juvenile fiction.
Good and evil -- Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
Nightmares -- Fiction.
Wizards -- Fiction.
Heroes -- Fiction.
Moon -- Juvenile fiction.
Moon -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Atheneum Books for Young Readers,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Geringer, Laura, 1948-
Language English
Description 228 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
ISBN 9781442430488 (hbk.)
1442430486 (hbk.)
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