I've read all he's written and was over the moon to get my hands on his newest book. The Lost Kingdom is full of adventure and amazing inventions. A young boy sets out on a mission in search of a mythical colony to align with against the French 1750's America. Aboard a flying ship full of brilliant philosophers, young Billy is thrown into intrigue and danger. I raced through this book and loved every minute of it. Besides being a fantastic storyteller, the reason I fall in love with Matthew Kirby's books every time is his gift for creating full, compassionate, and real characters. They are believable and stay with me long after I've finished the last page. His characters deal with emotions and feelings that we all encounter in ways that give me pause.
The Lost Kingdom is no exception. Billy wrestles with the realization that his father has flaws and prejudices that are impossible to look past; it's tender and painful and sticks with you. This is a swashbuckling thrill ride riddled with moments that make the characters alive.
A remarkable adventure by award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby brings a fantastical American West filled with secrets and spies and terrifying creatures to vivid life.
In this extraordinary adventure story, Billy Bartram, his father, and a secret society of philosophers and scientists venture into the American wilderness in search of the lost people of the Welsh Prince Madoc, seeking aid in the coming war against the French. Traveling in a flying airship, the members of the expedition find their lives frequently endangered in the untamed American West by terrifying creatures, a party of French soldiers hot on their trail, and the constant threat of traitors and spies. Billy will face hazards greater than he can ever imagine as, together with his father, he gets caught up in the fight for the biggest prize of all: America.
THE LOST KINGDOM is an epic journey filled with marvelous exploits, courage and intrigue, and a bold reimagining of a mythical America. Matthew J. Kirby brings his signature storytelling prowess and superb craft to this astonishing story of fathers and sons, the beginnings of a nation, and wonder-filled adventure.
About the Author
Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels ICEFALL, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, and THE CLOCKWORK THREE. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. Matthew is currently at work on his next novel. Visit his website at www.matthewjkirby.com.
Praise for ICEFALL Winner of the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery Winner of the 2012 PEN Center Literary Award A 2012 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection A New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing Selection Winner of the Judy Lopez Memorial Award
"[A] taut, compelling mystery and survival story." -BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"[A] claustrophobic, thought-provoking coming-of-age adventure that shows a young woman growing into her own, while demonstrating the power of myth and legend." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Elegant and exciting." -BOOKLIST
"A well-crafted story rich with emotion and intrigue. A thoroughly engaging read!" -Brandon Mull, bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series
"Clear, lively, exciting, and unstoppable as the torrent of meltwater from a glacier, ICEFALL confirms Matthew Kirby as one of our finest new writers for young adults. Readers of any age may be enthralled by the bitter Nordic winter setting and the story of a girl who needs a lot of courage to discover who she is." -Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed author of the Earthsea Cycle
Praise for THE CLOCKWORK THREE "In this riveting historical fantasy . . . debut novelist Kirby has assembled all the ingredients for a rousing adventure, which he delivers with rich, transporting prose." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
"[M]emorable characters, hearty action, and palpable atmospherics." -BOOKLIST