Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities Series, Book 1

eBook - 2012
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A New York Times bestselling series A USA TODAY bestselling series A California Young Reader Medal–winning series In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first.Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She's skipped multiple grades and doesn't really connect with the older kids at school, but she's not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie's a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that's what she thinks... But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she's not alone. He's a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well...she isn't. Fitz opens Sophie's eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known. But Sophie still has secrets, and they're buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.
Audience: Text Difficulty 3
MG/Middle grades (4th-8th)
4.5
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781442445956
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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sharishsu
Jul 10, 2020

Sophie Foster has always been the odd one, with a strange power of
being able to read minds. After a run-in with a mysterious boy named
Fitz, she is asked to leave behind her already chaotic life for one
much more complex. As secrets swirl around her, she must realize who
she can’t trust, and how she’s going to overcome the rising darkness.
Keeper of the Lost Cities was highly recommended to me by multiple
people who stated that it was ‘the best book ever,’ and I had high
expectations for it. Unfortunately, I found myself very disappointed
as I read through the first book of the series. Keeper of the Lost
Cities follows the overused plotline of girl has special powers, girl
goes to special school, girl needs to use her special powers. The
sheer cliche of the book was disappointing. Sophie seems to have no
flaws, and the dynamic love triangle over the protagonist makes a
reappearance. Plus, the sheer amount of characters makes it impossible
to remember who’s who without flipping back twenty pages. Also,
compared to the intensity of the rising action, the climax was bland
and underwhelming. I have no doubt that Shannon Messenger is a great
writer, and she does an amazing job with style, descriptions, and
overall flow with her novel. However, Keeper of the Lost Cities is not
something I would pick up and read again given an option.

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Manjusiva
Jul 08, 2020

I truly enjoyed this book because of the beautiful word choice and visualization. The plot is truly amazing and beautifully written. It's about this girl named Sophie Foster who feels out of place in her world. She's 12 years old and is very intelligent for her age. She is a senior in high school. Ever since she was 5, she had always heard voices in her head. She ignores them thinking it's just normal. But one-day things take a turn and Sophie's world is turned upside down. This book is a must-read if you love adventure and mystery.

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blue_dog_44064
Jul 07, 2020

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has always been different. She’s never fit in with humans. As a senior in high school, Sophie’s been reading minds since she was five. It’s brought her nothing but trouble: migraines, unwanted secrets, and the social limitations of being a prodigy in school. Her biggest dream has always been to find someone else like her. So, when a mysterious boy with a weird name shows up, claiming she is an elf hidden in the human world, she believes him. Now, there’s a whole new world of opportunities waiting for Sophie. In this adventure, she has to unlearn everything she’s learned and master everything that Foxfire (the elves’ prestigious academy) teaches her. Alongside that, there are mysterious things happening. A rebellion is being formed in a society that doesn’t need rebellions.

Similar to J.K. Rowlings’s Harry Potter, Sophie is whisked off to a world that she didn’t even know existed. Throughout this story, Sophie must adjust to the hazardous nature of possible kidnappers, and try to figure out who she is from her past. Not much is known about what her purpose is: “That’s what the Black Swan called you. Project Moonlark.” The characters are well-developed, and there is excellent humor. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure and fantasy.

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jpedone21
Jun 10, 2020

Keeper of the Lost Cities Book One, by Shannon Messenger, is a must-read for young females looking for empowerment! The character of young and talented Sophie Foster is extraordinarily created by Messenger. Sophie is a strong-willed female in the novel that everyone, including the men and boys in the novel, look up to. Her fearless demeanor and determination in protecting those she loves is inspiring to readers of all ages. The magical story about how Sophie discovered that her strange identity in the human world actually revealed her true identity as an elf is an enticing novel of a seven novel series. I rated this novel a 5 out of five because I particularly enjoyed the relatability of Sophie and all the characters in the novel as young teenagers searching for their purpose in life. Similarly, I LOVED the riveting suspense that Messenger is able to create throughout this series as the characters grow and develop. This series is a MUST READ!

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sijo1
Jun 10, 2020

!!! There are spoilers in the comments below !!! Just giving you a heads up !

ArapahoeMarcia Jun 08, 2020

Jr book club summer read.

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yejinrah
May 27, 2020

This is my favourite series ever and I like all of the characters especially Linh Song but she isn't in the series till the 4,5 or 6 book. WATER MAGIC!!!! Spoiler alert.
You should really read this if you like fantasy and adventure books!!!
BEST SERIES EVER!!!!!!!!!!
I read all eight of them. I so can't wait until the 9th one comes out!!

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red_elephant_627
May 26, 2020

I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!!
SECOND FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME!! (Right behind lord of the rings)
I love all the characters except maybe Fitz sometimes he is a jerk
Team Foster-Keefe!!!!

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ramjohnny78
May 23, 2020

foster-keefe!

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black_elk_56
May 19, 2020

Bro love this series so much, I think either Sophie and Keefe, or Sophie and Dex.

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green_tiger_1944
Jun 11, 2020

green_tiger_1944 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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jpedone21
Jun 10, 2020

jpedone21 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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pink_cat_8461
Mar 15, 2020

pink_cat_8461 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99

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burgundy_coyote_59
Mar 01, 2020

burgundy_coyote_59 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Threehundred300
Feb 09, 2020

Threehundred300 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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Viola_Adventure
Jan 29, 2020

Viola_Adventure thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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olive_owl_252
Jan 20, 2020

olive_owl_252 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

violet_nightingale_190 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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black_swan_250
Jan 05, 2020

black_swan_250 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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indigo_falcon_168
Dec 17, 2019

indigo_falcon_168 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 1

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red_panda_3511
Feb 23, 2020

Sexual Content: There is some crushes and kissing through out the series.

Other: 1. This book cannot be put down until you have finished it. 2. there is a little bit of violence in the series, so I would not recommend this to younger children 3. There is a little crushing and feelings and stuff, so if you are uncomfortable reading this kind of stuff, I suggest you don't start this series.

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anjulajoy
Jan 29, 2019

Sexual Content: Some mild crushes

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Gcatflann
Jan 16, 2019

Other: This is an amazing book, the reader won't be able to put it down without major medical attention. I will say this: if you are a parent and would prefer it if your kids did not read books with girls having crushes on guys you may want to steer clear of this series

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blue_seastar_229
Nov 10, 2018

Other: Insane coolness! Go Sophie!!

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Carina2008
Oct 16, 2018

Other: will make you go into a book trance whilst reading

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StrawberryAlpaca
Aug 15, 2018

Other: Can't let go until done

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indigo_falcon_137
May 30, 2018

Other: Causes MAJOR obsession

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Gwen904
Aug 09, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The entire series includes: betrayal, violence, insane people, monsters, criminals, corrupt leaders, and slight romance.

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Kataria
Aug 08, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This series of books are the best things in the entire world, but they contain several love interests and some scary scenes. The characters have many close calls

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Faatimazahra
Apr 24, 2019

"We all need some weird in our lives." Fitzroy Avery Vacker

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clemjunka
Apr 11, 2019

“Absolutely not,” Bronte barked, a vein throbbing in his forehead. “I refuse.”
“That’s not your decision to make,” Emery informed him with a smile.

-Page 483, in which I laughed out loud because Bronte was denied

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Frazel
Nov 30, 2018

Friends?
Since when did cool, cute boys want to be her friend? Not that she was complaining....

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swansong_0
Mar 14, 2018

swan song

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green_ant_2572
Dec 28, 2017

“I would rather be punished for making the right decision than live with the guilt of making the wrong one for the rest of my life.”
-Sophie Foster, Keeper of the Lost Cities (my favorite quote!)

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blue_dolphin_5545
Aug 21, 2017

"'What are you doing?'
'Sorry nervous habit'
'You tear out your eyelashes'
'It doesnt hurt'
'Still'
'You sound like my mom'"

white_bird_77 Jun 16, 2016

"NO!" Her plea was so desperate it transmitted.

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zhangcho
Feb 22, 2015

"Do you wonder why you were hidden with humans?"
Her mind darted unwillingly to Prentice. "My real parents must've wanted to get rid of me," she whispered

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violet_hamster_224
May 12, 2013

"That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Who came up with that?"
"Uh, Albert Einstein."
"Huh. Never heard of him. But he was wrong."

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Reality_Escaper
Apr 05, 2013

"Okay" she agreed. If he refused to be serious, so would she. "Fine. I'm an elf. Am I supposed to help Frodo destroy the ring and save Middle-earth? Or do I have to make toys for the North Pole?" - Sophie Foster

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blue_seastar_229
Nov 10, 2018

Sophie Foster is a 12-year old girl, but she is hiding something. Ever since age five, she has had the ability to read minds. Suddenly, she meets a boy named Fitz. He tells her that there is nothing wrong with her brain. She is an elf, and a Telepath. Sophie is whisked into a world of adventure, intensity, and magic. This book will almost always get you hooked, if you're reading it for the first or 100th time.
P.S. Go Team Foster-Keefe-Vacker-Diznee!

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blue_dolphin_5545
Aug 21, 2017

Sophie foster is a 12 year who is in high school. She's never fit in at school or at home. But that all changes when she meets a smart (and super cute) boy who takes her to a place with people just like her. She quickly makes friends. But even a perfect world has it's faults...

white_bird_77 Jun 16, 2016

Sophie Foster, a 12-year-old high school senior, is hated by her classmates. She never really belonged or fit in anywhere…until a mysterious boy arrives and shows her that there's a place where she belongs. Suddenly her whole life changes. But just because she belongs doesn't mean that everyone likes her. It also doesn't mean that she's so safe, either…

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joycemas
Jul 22, 2014

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

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