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In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten—but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.
About the Author
ALAN GRATZ is the author of Samurai Shortstop, an ALA 2007 Top Ten Book for Young Adults. He began writing The League of Seven by listing all the things that ten-year-old Alan would have thought were awesome, including brass goggles, airships, tentacled monsters, brains in jars, windup robots, secret societies, and super powers. (In fact, he still thinks all those things are awesome.) He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
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SBJ Book Society
The SBJ Book Society, Square Books Jr.'s first official book club, is not your average book club. The Phase I group consists of ages 8 through 12 (with some exceptions) and meets the second Friday of every month at Square Books Jr., 6-7 o'clock P.M. The SBJ Book Society will choose, read, and discuss one exciting, quality work of fiction every month. We don't just pick any old book - we compare novels, new and old, and narrow our selection to the most intriguing and relevant titles. SBJ members get a 10% discount off the chosen selection. SBJ Book Society members are encouraged to write book reviews and post them to the Square Books, Jr. website (publishers and authors love this). Sometimes SBJ Book Society has the opportunity to meet and interact with select authors. We also like to talk about school projects and other books that members are reading. Granted--sometimes we get silly and talk about goofy stuff--but we try to stay focused on the task at hand: literary enjoyment and enlightenment. If you are interested in joining the SBJ Book Society or learning more about us please email jill[at]squarebooks.com or junior[at]squarebooks.com or call us at 662-236-2207.