The Last Phoenix

The Last Phoenix

by Linda Chapman, Steve Cole

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Overview

She's no ordinary bird. . . .

For stepsiblings Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess, life has never been trickier. Milly's worried about her singing audition, Michael's losing his friends, Jason's never going to get picked for any sports teams, and as Jess's exams loom closer, she can't seem to remember anything. But then Fenella, the only living phoenix in the world, swoops into their lives looking for help—and their problems really begin!

Fenella has laid a magical egg, but if she wants it to hatch she needs four very special ingredients, scattered throughout time to the far corners of the world. So the children embark on a hair-raising hunt across the world, through the past, present, and future. And with a crazed phoenix-worshipping cult on their tail, a grumpy gryphon to soothe, and time paradoxes to avoid, Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess will need all their wits and bravery if they hope to succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061252228
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Linda Chapman and Steve Cole are both bestselling authors in their native England; between them, they have written more than a hundred books for children. Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps was their first collaboration. Linda's books include the series My Secret Unicorn, Unicorn School, Stardust, and Not Quite a Mermaid, while Steve has created the Astrosaurs and Cows in Action series as well as Thieves Like Us and Z. Rex for older readers.

Linda Chapman and Steve Cole are both bestselling authors in their native England; between them, they have written more than a hundred books for children. Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps was their first collaboration. Linda's books include the series My Secret Unicorn, Unicorn School, Stardust, and Not Quite a Mermaid, while Steve has created the Astrosaurs and Cows in Action series as well as Thieves Like Us and Z. Rex for older readers.

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Last Phoenix 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
horomnizon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This sequel to Chapman and Cole's "Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps", which I hadn't read was quite amusing and though predictable for me (an adult), I think kids would quite enjoy it. Although I would put it at the lower end of the recommended reading age....8-10. Note that it does take place in England, so some of the language might be a bit odd for American children.Jess, Michael, Jason, and Milly are a blended family (the J's go together and the M's go together biologically) who in the first book apparently met a genie and actually had genie powers themselves for a while. Now, since they have had one experience with magic, we are told that they are destined to have more. Enter Fenella the Phoenix....THE one and only, who eternally dies and the rises again from her ashes. Odd thing is, she's laid an egg and would love to have a chick for company. However, the Genie from the first story (Skribble) has told her she needs 4 things to make the egg hatch. So, the kids travel off through time and around the world in search of these 4 items. (Phoenix feathers have wonderful powers of time travel.)In return, Fenella promises them some Phoenix gold. Michael is anxious to impress his friends with his new wealth, while Jess worries about her history exams, Jason wants to overcome his lack of sporting ability and Milly is worried about getting the lead in "Annie". Throughout, they all find that the items they are collecting might, coincidentally, help them accomplish these things. However, magic rarely works the way you hope it will....and they each learn an important lesson about being themselves, dealing with friends, and believing in their unique talents.Probably by 6th grade, the book would be a bit hokey, but for good younger readers, I believe it would hold their attention and they could relate to the characters. Overall, I enjoyed it and wanted to finish reading it to find out how everything turned out. It would also make a good read aloud or read along book - then the adult could explain some of the British terms.
Laura Tarnow More than 1 year ago
fantastic book