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The Metropolitans Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-04-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1101997664
LANGUAGE:English

" I enjoyed getting to know the four main characters, all interesting children dealing with tough situations. I also liked the setting a lot: the museum and NYC during such a historic time period. I found, though, that I got bogged down in all that was going on after the halfway point. Almost wanted to start skimming. If you love King Arthur, Mixed-Up Files, and/or Mysterious Benedict Society, it's worth a read. " said.

" Fun middle grade mystery/unexpected fantasy. Highly recommended! " said.

" The Mysterious Benedict Society meets From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. A perfectly-paced adventure story with a diverse cast of strong, smart kids with compelling and historically suitable struggles. Also: heartwarming. Chock-full of surprises, laughs, great lines, and not-cheap tearjerker moments. Thoroughly recommend. " said.

" Wow! Carol Goodman’s middle grade debut is a heart-pounding wild ride that mixes history, legend, magic and delivers an unbelievably exciting ending! Four unlikely heroes weave their way through Arthurian legends and the halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to untangle a plot that threatens their city, facing down monsters, witchcraft, prejudice, fear, and more.A thrilling, magical adventure that I couldn’t put down. " said.

"Pearl Harbor has just happened and New York is in a tizzy. Four kids with different backgrounds but all seem to be a bit alone in the world happen to meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and discover a plot to take down New York. As they work together to find the missing pages of a book that will help them take down the bad guys and prevent disaster, they find that they have much in common with King Arthur and his comrades of old. Woven into this fast paced thriller is much history of New York, King Arthur's legends and the incredible Metropolitan Museum. Kids and their parents who couldn't get enough of " The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" will grab this one and not let go until the very last page. Diverse characters, rapid pace, a bit of history all wrapped up in a fairy tale adventure make this a winner. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy." said.

" ARC from ALAI could believe the evil book and all of the fantasy, but not a Japanese-American girl, a Native American boy, and two other children running around during WWII. This was just really long, had small print-- just don't think it will do well with my fantasy readers. I'll have a few look at the ARC and see what they think.I really wanted to like it, since the author was a Latin teacher. There have been a lot of Arthurian tales lately. I liked Salerni's trilogy better. " said.

"Think of all the best books that feature a group of kids who become friends and go on to solve a mystery and save the day. The kids from Chasing Vermeer come to mind. Or what about stories like The 39 Clues, or the friends from The Infinity Ring series? And don't forget about Harry, Ron, and Hermione tracking down the Deathly Hallows, among other things. This book will be joining their ranks soon.

Madge, Kiku, Joe, and Walt all meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at a time in their own lives where they have suffered losses and feel lonely. It is also a time in our country when things are very rough. The Nazis are surging across Europe, and on the day the kids meet, Pearl Harbor is bombed. Suddenly their chance encounter turns into fate. They find themselves forming a group of modern knights, searching for the pages of a missing book of Arthurian legends. If they can solve all the clues and retrieve the lost chapters of the book, then they may be able to prevent an horrific attack on New York. Can four middle-school students foil the plots of enemy agents?

The Metropolitans is a delightful mix of urban fantasy, espionage thriller, and historical fiction. The world of 1941 America comes to life with Indian boarding schools, Japanese internment, Hoovervilles, and the Nazi threat. Cultural references such as Captain America, Captain Marvel, Little Orphan Annie, and King Kong are smoothly worked in to ground the story in the historical timeline. The Arthurian legend transfers into the Met and the lives of the children so that readers learn about Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Morgaine, Mordred, and Merlin along with the protagonists. The action is fast paced. The clues take the knowledge and skills of all the group to solve, forging the bond between them stronger with each task that is completed.

This is a great read for those who have enjoyed any of the other books I mentioned, as well as for those who enjoy mysteries and historical fiction. It is perfect for a read-aloud because each chapter will leave listeners begging to hear more. Highly recommended for middle grades and up.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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" Wow! Carol Goodman’s middle grade debut is a heart-pounding wild ride that mixes history, legend, magic and delivers an unbelievably exciting ending! Four unlikely heroes weave their way through Arthurian legends and the halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to untangle a plot that threatens their city, facing down monsters, witchcraft, prejudice, fear, and more.A thrilling, magical adventure that I couldn’t put down. " said.

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