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The alchemyst [the secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel]

by Scott, Michael, 1959-

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Summary
This amazing fantasy novel combines history, folklore, mythology, and legend to create an adventure that will long be remembered. Twins Sophie and Josh are ready for a spectacular summer in San Francisco. They both found jobs--Sophie will work afternoons in the coffee shop memorizing the fragrant teas, while Josh will be across the street at the antique bookstore. The bookstore owner--Nick Flemming--has a few secrets up his sleeve. Nick Flemming has been known for nearly 700 years as the greatest Alchemyst of all time--Nicholas Flamel. He is the translator and keeper of the Book of Abraham the Mage--the most powerful book to ever exist because it holds the secret to eternal life. When The Immortals come to steal the book, Sophie and Josh must find it before time runs out. Without the book, Nicholas and his wife will die and their secrets will be lost forever.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When 15-year-old twins Josh and Sophie inadvertently become involved in a plot to steal the Codex from their friend Nick Fleming (aka Nicholas Flamel), they are propelled into a fantasy world of golems, wereboars, and many other creatures that inhabit the netherworld between good and evil. Also known as the Book of Abraham the Mage, the Codex contains the secret formula for eternal youth, but that's just one of the book's wild powers that fuel the twins' adventures. Scott offers a classic fantasy, with mythological references and inferences that are well integrated and do not slow down the exciting action. The writing and story line have a flamboyant style that will put readers on the edge of their seats as they rush to the final page, pausing along the way to savor the author's vivid descriptions of worlds and events. Readers will actively root for the good guys in this exhilarating fantasy--if they can figure out who they are. --Frances Bradburn Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Twin 15-year-old siblings Sophie and Josh Newman take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the vey first chapter, armed goons garbed in black with "dead-looking skin and... marble eyes" (actually Golems) storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe a rare Book (but not before Josh snatches its two most important pages). The stolen volume is the Codex, an ancient text of magical wisdom. Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, the 14th-century alchemist who could turn base metal into gold, and make a potion that ensures immortality. Sophie and Josh learn that they are mentioned in the Codex's prophecies: "The two that are one will come either to save or to destroy the world." Mayhem ensues, as Irish author Scott draws on a wide knowledge of world mythology to stage a battle between the Dark Elders and their hired gun-Dr. John Dee-against the forces of good, led by Flamel and the twins (Sophie's powers are "awakened" by the goddess Hekate, who'd been living in an elaborate treehouse north of San Francisco). Not only do they need the Codex back to stop Dee and company, but the immortality potion must be brewed afresh every month. Time is running out, literally, for the Flamels. Proceeding at a breakneck pace, and populated by the likes of werewolves and vampires, the novel ends on a precipice, presumably to be picked up in volume two. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Scott, Michael, 1959- Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel (Listening Library) ; bk. 1.
#1 - The Alchemyst
#2 - The Magician
#3 - The Sorceress
#4 - The Necromancer
#5 - The Warlock
#6 - The Enchantress
Subjects Flamel, Nicolas, -1418 Juvenile fiction
Dee, John, 1527-1608 Juvenile fiction
Alchemists Juvenile fiction
Alchemists Sound recordings
Magic Juvenile fiction
Magic Sound recordings
Paranormal fiction
Supernatural Sound recordings
Brothers and sisters Juvenile fiction
Twins Juvenile fiction
Alchemists Fiction
Magic Fiction
Supernatural Fiction
Brothers and sisters Fiction
Twins Fiction
Fantasy
Juvenile Fiction
San Francisco (Calif.) Juvenile fiction.
Occult fiction.
Audiobooks.
-1418
1527-1608
Publisher New York :Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group2007
2007
Contributors O'Hare, Denis, 1962-
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by Denis O'Hare.
Audience Age group: 9-12.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Format: OverDrive WMA Audiobook
Requires OverDrive Media Console 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile) or OverDrive Media Console 1.0 / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9780739351055
9780739351055
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