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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 288
Themes: fantasy, historical, time travel, quest, China
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 02/Oct/2018
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Howard is a lonely, geeky tenth-grader dealing with a father who's had some kind of breakdown, a flaky, overprotective mother and frightening waking dreams. Then he meets Cate, a strange girl who convinces him that he is an Adept, which means he can communicate through dreams with other dimensions and, under certain circumstances, travel between them. Howard discovers that our world is only one of several dimensions swirling in time and space, and that one of the others, peopled by unimaginably powerful monsters, is approaching Earth for the first time in millennia. The last time the dimensions coincided, our world was saved by the breaking of a powerful golden mask in the Chinese city of Sanxingdui. Together, Howard and Cate travel through time and space, meeting other Adepts and avoiding lurking monsters, in a quest to find the three fragments of the golden mask and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

CM Magazine
"A tale of adventure and monsters, The Ruined City, with more than a nod to H.P. Lovecraft, should appeal to readers who enjoy a mystery and slimy monsters from another dimension. Highly Recommended."
Kirkus Reviews
"An ambitious story, weaving in ancient civilizations from all over the world…Fascinating."
Booklist
"Hand to dedicated fantasy and time-travel fans."
Resource Links
"Arresting visuals."
School Library Connection
"An enjoyable ride, with nods to Indiana Jones, Tolkien, Lovecraft, and even Dorothy's red slippers…satisfyingly twisted and complicated."
School Library Journal
"For libraries where fantasy with elements of horror circulates well."

Awards

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2019 | Commended