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The Metropolitans Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-30 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:1101997680
LANGUAGE:English

"This book would be great for fourth, fifth, or even sixth-grade students. Especially students who have an affinity for WWII history and King Arthur. Because of this very narrow niche, I had a difficult time getting into this book. While timely appropriate, I found the writing a little goofy. Then again, this could just be attributed to the fact that it is a solid middle-grade book.

"Gee, Doc," Madge said. "If you and Miss Lake were there when this all began, couldn't you have just cut to the chase and told us the dope straight out?"

Overall, while not for me, I fully understand that it could be a cute book for a student. The characters are real swell. The plot moves. The conflict is easily identifiable.
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"This books includes a strong, female protaganist entwined with mystery, action, legends, and World War II. Four teenagers gather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art the day Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The curator of the museum wants the teenagers to track down the hidden pages of an ancient book of legends that is somewhere in the museum. Apparently, the legends hold the key to prevent a second attack in America. This book is filled with action and may appeal to readers who enjoy history mixed with myth." 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.

"This book had some wonderful points. It was very historically accurate in terms of fashion, mannerisms, the mood during the war and everyday behavior and language. I liked the idea going in, of a King Arthur manuscript being the key to stopping the Nazis in the US. I also really enjoyed all the descriptions about the museum collections. I love books that take place in museums, or where a lot of the action happens in museums. However, overall, I just found it very dull. It would have moments of quick, amazing action punctuated by long chapters of boring bits. The uneven pace really put me off, I wished it had flowed better. The ending wasn't bad, not the best, or the worst book I have read. It was just OK." 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.

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