Get ready for adventure. This is an awesome story that will have children wanting to read on. The main characters are children who discover a whole new world. Emma and Herbie go from their boring, normal lives to ones with pirates, secrets and intergalactic waterways. The world they find is complex and interesting. Younger readers may have difficulty keeping everything straight while older readers will love the variety of each world. Imaginations will go into over drive as Emma and Herbie try to hide a powerful necklace everyone wants and they try to find Emma’s parents. This is the first book of a trilogy so lots of ground work is laid down. And, though this book is for kids, adults will love it too. (Don’t let your kids have all the fun!) Fantasy for kids at it’s finest. Plus, it’s a chapter book so younger kids will feel all grown up as they read it. Perfect for a bedtime story, a chapter at a time.
Emma and her best friend, Herbie love to sail with Emma’s dad. Herbie thinks Emma’s dad is some kind of spy while Emma is sure he is just what he appears, a traveling businessman. She ends up changing her mind quickly when some strange men break into her house. Though her father hides Herbie and her, they see her mother taken and her father shot. What is going on? Why is this happening? Emma knows she has to find out but where she ends up is more than even she could imagine!
In this first book of an exciting fantasy-adventure trilogy for young readers, contemporary kids are introduced to a galaxy full of pirates, monkeys, and a colorful cast of other creatures—both human and otherwise.
On the night Emma Garton’s supposedly boring parents are kidnapped, she is forced to face the truth: they’ve been lying to her about many things, including the Pyxis, a mysterious amulet that holds the key to saving another world—and worse, they aren’t even from planet Earth.
To find her parents, Emma and her best friend, Herbie, must leave Earth and enter the Strands—the waterways of space, where huge galleons ply the intergalactic seas. But a journey through the constellations won’t be easy—not with evil Queen Virgo and every scoundrel in the galaxy determined to find them.
In this interstellar adventure, YALSA Alex Award–winning author Zoë Ferraris transports readers to a vast, magical universe filled with fantastical creatures, merciless villains, and fearless heroes.
Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7