Steadily this group of re-formed McBas (Massachusetts Children’s Book Award) members has met to keep the good book mojo going. So far, they have tackled the following titles: The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelly Pearsall; GONE by Michael Grant; The Young Elites by Marie Lu; City of Masks by Mary Hoffman and for April, ‘The Alchemyst’ by Michael Scott. There is also a movement afoot to create a mini-movie based on one of the books read. Keep in touch and you will know how that is going. We meet once a month. The group is open to new members, just please register as there is always pizza involved and it is nice to know who is attending.
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is the first in a series written by Michael Scott. Synopsis: Twin 15-year-old siblings Sophie and Josh Newman take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the vey first chapter, armed goons garbed in black with “dead-looking skin and… marble eyes” (actually Golems) storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe a rare Book (but not before Josh snatches its two most important pages). The stolen volume is the Codex, an ancient text of magical wisdom. Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, the 14th-century alchemist who could turn base metal into gold, and make a potion that ensures immortality. Sophie and Josh learn that they are mentioned in the Codex’s prophecies: “The two that are one will come either to save or to destroy the world.” Mayhem ensues, as Irish author Scott draws on a wide knowledge of world mythology to stage a battle between the Dark Elders and their hired gun—Dr. John Dee—against the forces of good, led by Flamel and the twins (Sophie’s powers are “awakened” by the goddess Hekate, who’d been living in an elaborate treehouse north of San Francisco). Not only do they need the Codex back to stop Dee and company, but the immortality potion must be brewed afresh every month. Time is running out, literally, for the Flamels.