The Glass Sentence

The Glass Sentence

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She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

It is 1891. Almost a century ago, the Great Disruption threw all of the continents into different time periods, from prehistory to the far future. In this new world, map-making has become a fine art-a mixture of both science and magic.

Sophie Tims comes from a family of explorer and cartologers. Eight years ago, her parents left on an urgent mission and never returned. Now she lives with her brilliant uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, who teaches her everything that he knows.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia must search for him with the help of Theo, a refugee from the West. Little does she know that their lives are in as much danger as her uncle's. As they journey, Sophia must safeguard the most important artifact in his collection-

a map that reveals the single greatest treasure in the world.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada 2014
ISBN: 9780142423660
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2016


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Jun 11, 2019

A good, solid read. Better for younger teenagers, but still quite entertaining for older readers. The protagonist, Sophia, is quick-witted, resourceful and imperfect. A well-balanced, realistic character in an incredible setting, which enhances suspension of disbelief - delightful. At times, I found the novel reminiscent of "The Thirteenth Child" trilogy by Patricia C. Wrede. I really enjoyed "The Glass Sentence" and will be reading the sequel.

teal_librarian May 22, 2018

Other reviews for this book may have set my expectations a little high. It's good but too convoluted - too many things are going on at once and the premise is unbelievable. The story is well paced though and even though I didn't completely buy in, I wanted to finish the story to find out what happened. #PACL2018

kobrien3 Feb 19, 2018

This book had me from the first few sentences -- I picked it up thinking it was going to be a delightful historical fiction read with a healthy dose of maps, and was pleasantly surprised by the fantastical journey it took me on. The world building is incredibly well done and inspiringly creative. I can't wait to read more. Fans of His Dark Materials will probably enjoy this one as well!

Jun 09, 2017

Definitely one of my favorite books.
Give it a chance, you will love it!

Jan 29, 2017

This is another book I read that was too young for me. My friend recommended it to me and was so excited about it, but I really don't see what is so good about it. There are plenty of horrifying moments where I just felt disgusted, and other times I simply felt pity. There wasn't much romance between the heroine and her "accomplice," which kind of disappointed me. I would have rather enjoyed it more if I read it at a younger age, close to the protagonist or maybe 13. Truly, its a good idea, but I just didn't like how the author played with it. 3.5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeStaff20 Jan 25, 2017

Follow Sophia, through 1891 Boston and beyond, on a most unique adventure as she discovers the secrets in her own family and the secrets of friends she makes along the way. The Great Disruption affects all.

Nov 15, 2016

This is an amazing book. I had a bit of trouble with it when I first read it because I was younger and had barely read any fantasy books at that time. But I went back and reread it later on and it was amazing. I highly recommend this book. It is truly unique. (seriously, I have never read another book like this one)

ArapahoeKati Oct 10, 2016

An amazing debut novel. The world building is incredible and so detailed that I couldn't put this down. It's a commitment though, because it's a massive tome. Great for older elementary-aged readers and some younger YA readers.

LFPKidsLibrarian Sep 17, 2016

An excellent beginning to a unique fantasy series, which pits a feisty late-Victorian heroine against a world of colliding eras, lost civilizations, pirates and magical maps.

Jul 16, 2016

This book is amazing! With a exciting plot line and characters that seem real, this book is worth the time. While reading this book, you see twists and turns that you've never read before, that are both clever and cunning. the series is fast paced and adventurous, with a sense of direction like no other. I recommend this to people who enjoyed a comical adventure with a hint of mystery.

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Jul 20, 2014

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.


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Aug 29, 2016

Some things (and people) go elsewhere and soon return. Others go elsewhere and appear to want to stay. In those cases, the only solution for the very determined is to find them: go to elsewhere and bring them back.


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