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Hollow Earth

by Barrowman, John, 1967-

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 3 copies
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Young Adult Fiction YA Fic Bar
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j BARROWMA JOHN
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
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Northland Public Library Teen MISSING
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Imagination matters most in a world where art can keep monsters trapped--or set them free.

Lots of twins have a special connection, but twelve-year-old Matt and Emily Calder can do way more than finish each other's sentences. Together, they are able to bring art to life and enter paintings at will. Their extraordinary abilities are highly sought after, particularly by a secret group who want to access the terrors called Hollow Earth. All the demons, devils, and evil creatures ever imagined are trapped for eternity in the world of Hollow Earth--trapped unless special powers release them.
The twins flee from London to a remote island off the west coast of Scotland in hopes of escaping their pursuers and gaining the protection of their grandfather, who has powers of his own. But the villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within. With so much at stake, nowhere is safe--and survival might be a fantasy.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Twins Matt and Em can achieve unbelievable realism in their art, animating objects, creatures, or people of their own creation into the real world. But their talent places them in danger from ancient forces set on containing their power to unleash the deadly inhabitants of Hollow Earth. Whisked from London to their grandfather's home at an old monastery in Scotland for protection, they learn their mother is also an Animare, and their estranged father was her Guardian. Here they meet teenage Zach, a deaf Guardian in training with whom Em can communicate telepathically. (Matt, meanwhile, somehow learns sign language within a few days.) When their grandfather is hospitalized and their mother goes missing, the teens must work together to harness their powers to save those close to them and preserve their freedom. Though the pace lags a bit in the middle stretch, this contemporary fantasy is full of intriguing detail, drama, danger, and excitement. A British television adaption and a sequel are in the works from this brother-sister writing team.--Booth, Heather Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In the first novel from actor John Barrowman (best known for his lead role in Torchwood) and his sister, readers meet 12-year-old Matt and Em Calder, telepathic twins who can make the pictures they draw come magically alive. For centuries, "Animares" like the twins (among them Vincent van Gogh) have been governed by the Council of Guardians, which controls and guides their abilities, "Because an Animare may be a danger to others or themselves." Matt and Em, however, are the result of a previously unheard of marriage between an Animare and a Guardian, and the limits of their powers are unknown. The twins' art magic is ingeniously portrayed, and the Scottish setting is nicely handled as a corrupt member of the Council and the evil secret society known as Hollow Earth pursue the children. The novel's action sequences, which repeatedly require characters to whip out sketchbooks and pencils at dire moments, can be cumbersome, though, and while the twins are entertaining protagonists, other characters come across as cartoonish. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Magic -- Fiction.
Art -- Fiction.
Twins -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Scotland -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Aladdin,2012
Edition 1st Aladdin hardcover ed.
Contributors Barrowman, Carole E.
Language English
Description 382 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781442458529
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