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The Midnight Charter (Paperback)
"In Agora, ALL worth is defined by a system of trade and barter, and even life itself has a market value. In the midst of all this, two children with nothing to trade become caught up in an ancient battle that could change the very nature of their society. Dark and spellbinding, Whitley's novel spins a gripping tale of greed, politics, and morality that fantasy fans won't want to miss."— Meghan G.
July 2009 Indie Next List
“The Midnight Charter brilliantly shows the struggle between the powers of greed, ambition, and profit against charity, compassion, and selflessness, all set in the city of Agora -- -- where two young people battle to survive and find their place. Whitley's story will transport you and, at the same time, inspire. I've never been so impatient to read the next installment in a phenomenal tale.”
— Becky Anderson, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
In this spellbinding fantasy novel, newcomer David Whitley has imagined a nation at a crossroads: misshaped by materialism and facing a choice about its future. He has brought to life two children who will test the nation's values-and crafted a spellbinding adventure story that will keep readers turning the pages until the very end.
In a society based on trade, where everything can be bought and sold, the future rests on the secrets of a single document-and the lives of two children whose destiny it is to discover its secrets.
THE MIDNIGHT CHARTER combines great storytelling with a compelling vision - a many layered adventure with powerful and timely implications.
About the Author
DAVID WHITLEY wrote his first children's novel at age 17; it was shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award. At 20, he was the youngest person ever to win the Chesire Prize for Literature for a children's short story. He lives in England. His next book, The Children of the Lost, will be available from Roaring Brook in early 2011.
“Charity, greed, freedom, fate and political scheming are all woven through debut author Whitley’s richly conceived world. Readers will be buoyed by every small triumph that cannot be recorded in an account book.”—Publishers Weekly “Exciting and gripping from the first heart-stopping line, this first book in a trilogy takes readers only part of the way to resolving the predictions of the Midnight Charter and its relationship to Mark and Lily. Readers will anxiously await the next installment as they reach the cliff-hanger ending.”—School Library Journal “Deft world-building and crafty plotting combine for a zinger of an ending that will leave readers poised for book two. Surprisingly sophisticated upper-middle-grade fare, with enough meat to satisfy older readers as well.”—Kirkus Reviews “Whitley threads together a thrilling page-turner with the two young heroes’ lives intertwining in surprising and illuminating ways.”—Shelf Awareness “One of the most original and creative books I’ve read in a long time.”—Wands and Worlds.com An Indie Bound Pick of the Lists/Top Ten Selection