Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron
Children’s literature lovers know Thomas A. Barron from his much-loved series such as The Lost Years of Merlin and The Great Tree of Avalon, among other wonderful reading adventures. We were honored to preview his new book, the beginning of a new saga, due out on September 26th. His staunch advocacy of nature comes across loud and clear in all his books, and we appreciate the underlying messages about conservation and environmental awareness that continue in this new series.
So much to love about this book! First of all, the characters. Promi is a cheerful, kind-hearted, and clever street thief and accomplished knife-thrower. He lives by his wits and skills, and is especially drawn to sweet treats and aggravating those in power. Deputy High Priest Grukarr is an especially evil–and powerful–target for our young hero. Enter Atlanta, a girl of magical powers and an understanding and great love of the natural world. The tale of the formation of Atlantis is framed as a classic tale of the struggle between Good and Evil, as Promi and Atlanta band together to save Ellegandia. Magic, mystery, adventure, and a hint of romance make this novel a winner for middle-school readers, and older ones, too!