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The Metropolitans Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1101997664
LANGUAGE:English

" I rather enjoyed this historically set fantasy. Who wouldn't love to be on a clue hunt in the Met let alone have the roles of King Arthur's court and quests befall upon your shoulders. This is exactly the kind of fantasy and adventure my kiddos love! " said.

" A fantasy, a mystery and a little bit of history is all rolled into one book. Set in New York, four very different children find themselves on a quest to stop the evil plots against New York right after the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor. A magical adventure that draws you in and keeps the reader entertained, right up to the end. " said.

" Part historical fiction, Arthurian legend, and fantasy adventure, this story of four very different 13-year-olds uniting in friendship after great individual losses is engrossing. Irish Catholic, Meg, Kiosasne Mohawk, Joe, Japanese, Kiku, and German Jew, Walt meet at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC when they discover a Nazi plot to destroy the city just after Pearl Harbor has been attacked. Engaging and surprising, the four friends will probably surface again to fight evil and save the world. " said.

" This would be a good book for middle schoolers, especially ones that like tales of King Arthur or spy novels. I really like that the characters all had something going on in their lives that kids might not know was challenging in 1941 (I.e being Japanese when Pearl Harbor was bombed or being a Native American forced to learn English, etc.)I think the author tried a little too hard to make include 1940's slang and didn't always flow. " said.

"This is a great piece of magical realism for the YA crowd...although pitched at grades 5-8, we listened to it as an audiobook (very well done, BTW) for a long car trip and it was a big hit with all ages. Clever and keeps you guessing. Joe was one of the most interesting characters I have come across in YA lit. Finally, I loved the character development themes...there is so much here that is wise and thoughtful and NOT preachy about vice and virtue. Great family conversation fodder ("what would YOU have done...?")" said.

"On the day Pearl Harbor is bombed, four unusually diverse kids meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art just in time to see a wraith in a trench coat steal the last page of a rare Arthurian manuscript. They are not particularly successful in stopping that crime, but there is a greater one to come: a Nazi attack on New York that can only be halted by solving riddles to find the rest of the book. As the quartet races around the museum, they become enmeshed in the manuscript's peculiar magic. The adventures seems rushed, especially their instant tight bond." said.

"Four kids in the 1940s from wildly different backgrounds, all experiencing some form of hardship in NYC, find each other at the Metropolitan Museum. They are drawn there because they are the children of a prophecy, so there is a bit of fantasy and puzzles and history and friendship involved here. The puzzle itself is complex, but it's not really a mystery story--they find the answers without too much deduction because of course, they are the ones who are supposed to solve the mystery so they have the right skills. Definitely a book for anyone enthralled by legends of Arthur or intricate novels with puzzles and fantasy." said.

"This was a pretty good middle grade quest adventure. It kept my attention and was suitably geared to its appropriate age range. I've seen a few reviews that dislike what they called "forced diversity" but we are talking about New York City. There aren't many places in the world that are as diverse, even in the 40s when this story is set, so I don't know what their problem is. The friendship of these four characters seemed no more implausible than the story premise, and that is what made me pick up the book and what will appeal to the intended audience. It's not supposed to be realistic; it's a QUEST FANTASY!" said.

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