Monday, March 4, 2013

MMGM - Keeper of the Lost Cities

It has been quite a while since I have posted but I thought it was only fair that I pop in for MMGM with a short review on Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger! While I have not read the book myself, both my kids (ages 11 and 9) have read and LOVED it. My son read it in two and a half days (during the school week) and my daughter read for about three hours each day until she was done. To say they are excited for October and the release of the next book in this series is an understatement. They want it NOW!

Book DescriptionTwelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret—she’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.
But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

In my daughter's wordsThis book is about Sophie Foster, a 12-year-old girl who discovers she is an elf from another world. She also finds out she is a special elf. I liked Sophie because she risks her neck to save her family. Another character I liked was Fitz. He is the elf who finds Sophie on Earth and helps Sophie multiple times. I also liked Keefe who is another friend to Sophie. Keefe was daring and ditched school when he could.

I liked this book because it has danger and it’s another thing to keep me away from my chores. I had to read for hours so the book could answer my questions. I loved it so much that I read three hours a day. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes adventure and danger.

I can’t wait until the next book comes out in October. I’m going to download it on my Nook.


Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (MMGM) was created by Shannon Messenger. To find other bloggers participating in MMGM go to her blog for a list of links.


  1. One thing I love about children's books is the artwork, either the cover or all through it. This is a brilliant cover.

  2. Great review by your daughter. Tell her I can't wait till she downloads book 2 on her Nook and reads it. I'm looking forward to it too.

  3. I love the fact that your daughter said the book kept her from her chores. How cute!

  4. Love hearing from your daughter! It makes an MG extra-authentic (of course!!).

    1. Meant -- an MG review extra authentic. Oops.

  5. I still haven't read this one! Definitely have to read it.

  6. This is on my list! I cannot wait to read it. Loved hearing from your daughter. It is great to hear the POV of someone in the target audience. :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Olivia loved this, too! In fact, just last night she said, "Mom, when the sequel comes out, we have to buy it immediately." It's still on the brain, even though she read it over Christmas break. :)

  8. Loved your daughter's review! Anything to get away from the chores. But seriously, I LOVED this book too! I read it back when we were without power after Sandy. It was a perfect escape. I also cannot wait for the next installment.