New Middle Grade Fiction: The Keepers #2: The Harp and the Ravenvine – Ted Sanders

This smart middle grade adventure series should resonate with fans of Harry Potter. It offers dense, delicious world-building, an every-boy hero, and magical world with an epic battle of good and evil going on right behind our own everyday life.

Book Two in the series introduces a new character and a new magical—The Ravenvine. Though it gives April, its Keeper, the ability to understand animals, this Ravenvine is damaged and is possibly a danger greater than the Keepers’ apocalyptic enemy.

Of the first book, Soman Chainani wrote: “The Keepers is a wildly original adventure, electric-paced and brain-bending, that will enthrall kids and adults alike.” I’m here to speak for the adult side in agreeing with that. The epigraph to the first book gives us a clue to what Sanders is up to. In it he quotes Arthur C. Clarke: “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” The careful reader will see that in this first-rate series, magic and science are two sides of the same coin.

Want to dip in and see what it’s all about? Here’s a free download to the first chapter of the first book, The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly :

The Keepers #2: The Harp and the Ravenvine (9780062275851) by Ted Sanders. $16.99 hardcover. 3/1/16 on sale.

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