On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package from a man he has never met, a package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn’t recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn’t know he had and a world he never knew existed.
Soon Archie becomes a bookbinding apprentice to the Flame Keepers, a secret group devoted to finding and preserving magical books at the Museum of Magical Miscellany. With the help of his cousins, Bramble and Thistle, Archie tries to unravel the mystery behind his book, but he begins to realize that his gift is something more powerful than he could have imagined. And the only thing more perilous than its contents is being its owner.
The book waited 400 years for Archie Greene. Now Archie must discover why.
This book is a fun read. I’ve been looking for some great MG reads and this caught my attention. Sadly, it didn’t blow my mind like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson but I think it’s more because of my age and maturity as a reader. I did enjoy the reading the book, but it felt too rushed.
The world-building was good. I think any middle-graders would enjoy this one, especially book lovers. This book is about book caretakers! How amazing is that?
Archie was an amazing character. I admire his bravery, intelligence and sense of adventure. The secondary characters had pretty good dynamics as well. I loved the wittiness of Old Zeb and Archie’s cousins always make me smile!
The future is shaped by what we do today as much as by the past.
If only the book didn’t feel too rushed, I think I would have loved it more. I think I was just looking for something that would blow my mind with all it’s magic and adventure like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and I think that’s pretty unfair to this book but I’m pretty sure middle-graders would love to meet Archie Greene.