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The Colossus Rises
Seven Wonders Series, Book 1
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New York Times Bestselling Series!"A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. The Colossus Rises is Lerangis's most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can't wait...
New York Times Bestselling Series!"A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. The Colossus Rises is Lerangis's most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can't wait...
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  • New York Times Bestselling Series!

    "A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. The Colossus Rises is Lerangis's most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can't wait to see what's next in the Seven Wonders series!" —Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

    Young readers will learn all about the history and mysteries of the ancient world while savoring this unputdownable story from first page to last. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

    Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones in master storyteller and 39 Clues author Peter Lerangis's epic Seven Wonders series.

    The Colossus Rises is the first installment of the bestselling five-book series chronicling the story of Jack McKinley, an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he's going to die—unless he finds seven magic Loculi that have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


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  • Peter Lerangis is the author of more than one hundred and sixty books, which have sold more than five and half million copies and been translated into thirty-three different languages. These include the five books in the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series, The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, The Tomb of Shadows, The Curse of the King, and The Legend of the Rift, and two books in the 39 Clues series. He lives in New York City with his family.

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  • DOGO Books xxpish - Here’s my review of The Colossus Rises. Enjoy! Jack McKinley is 13 years old. It is just a normal school day when he finds a weird V-shape on the back of his head, and gets hit by a car. Jack finds himself at a “hospital”, which he soon finds out is an Institute. Not just any institute, but the Karai Institute, on an island unplotted on maps, lead by Professor Bhegad. Jack meets three other kids that have the same “lamda” (if you are Greek, (like me!) you will know that it is basically a Greek L) on the back of their heads. Bhegad explains that it is a rare genetic marker: that they all have G7W and will die without treatments. They are on a mission: to find all of the lost Loculi and return them so Atlantis can regain its power. But it will prove challenging since there are seven of them; hidden in the seven ancient wonders of the world. In a thrilling start to what promises to be an epic series, Lerangis pens a tale full of action, loss, mythical creatures and ancient secrets that is sure to make readers anxious for a sequel. What I thought about it: The Colossus Rises was a very entertaining read. The first 30 pages were a little slow, but the pages that followed totally made up for it. I have read Peter Lerangis’ 39 Clues contributions, and they were pretty enjoyable. This book appealed to me: the cover, the author, the Seven Wonders. I think Lerangis’ idea is spectacular; with there being seven loculi in the seven wonders of the world. That means almost half of the books will be in Greece!!! I loved the rich description as they walk down the streets of Rhodes, and I just felt like I was in Greece. Also, the suspense was epic. Is he dead? Or not dead? Like, you are stuck trying to see if Lerangis has tricked you again, or not. The cover was pretty intense-it had me captivated, and was one of the main reasons for picking up the book. So overall, amazing book.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 3, 2012
    In this action-packed first novel in the Seven Wonders series, Jack McKinley, an imaginative kid with a penchant for Rube Goldberg–style devices, is kidnapped and brought to a mysterious island. There he learns that he and three other 13-year-olds carry a rare, often fatal gene; if they survive, the gene will confer superpowers on them and mark them as distantly descended from Atlantis. That ancient kingdom, they discover, was destroyed when its rulers misused the enormous power they wielded. Jack and his new friends have been recruited to rediscover the lost repositories of that power, which are connected to the wonders of the ancient world, such as the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Their survival, though, is far from guaranteed. Lerangis, contributor to the 39 Clues series, has created a real page-turner, and while the characters are somewhat one-dimensional (particularly the adults), there’s a genuine sense of mystery and even a touch of grandeur to this tale. Lerangis aims squarely at the legions of Percy Jackson fans and hits his target. Ages 8–12. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2013

    Gr 6-9-A young teen who is descended from mythological beings and has extraordinary powers is trained in a secret facility with others like him. He finds himself on the run with a small group of his peers, battling other supernatural beings in a race to find a powerful artifact and avert disaster. Hmm, sounds familiar. This is not The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005) and the mythology is the lost city of Atlantis rather than the Greek pantheon, but comparisons with the "Percy Jackson" series are inevitable. Unfortunately, this volume hardly measures up. Jack McKinley is just not as likable or believable as Rick Riordan's protagonist, and the supporting characters are flat. There are far too many deus ex machina moments needed to move the story along (e.g., Marco falling to his death but landing just close enough to a magic waterfall to not actually die). There is plenty of action throughout, and some of it is quite original (nearly dying under a mountain of flaming bat guano is certainly "fresh"), but it is not enough to make up for the uneven plot and weak characters.-Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    December 1, 2012
    Grades 4-8 Part Goonies, part MacGyver, part Percy Jackson, this big series starter is sure to please readers looking for underdog heroes and their unbelievable adventures. Jack learns he has a rare genetic anomaly that gives him a unique skill, but one that will cause his death if he doesn't receive mysterious treatments at a secretive institute along with three other young teens. Marco, Aly, Cass, and Jack are deeply suspicious of the institute's director and his trolllike thug, but rely on them for survivalwhen they aren't too busy trying to escape. Together, their skills make them a formidable team, which serves them well on their quest to find the cure for their ailment, the parts of which are located at each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, beginning with the heart of Atlantis. The teens' talents mirror their obvious outward appearances, but they quickly develop the heart and personality of full characters. The tension of whom to trust and why keeps readers guessing, and the quick action, high stakes, and clever solutions make this a slam dunk. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lerangis scored big as one of the 39 Clues authors, and a six-figure marketing campaign signals that this is being positioned as a tent-pole franchise.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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