Starscape Books is proud to announce to the publication of THE FLOATING ISLAND (Starscape hc; August 22, 2006; $17.95), Book One in The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series by bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon. Haydon made her fantasy debut with Rhapsody (Tor, 1999), the first in her ongoing Symphony of Ages series, and quickly became one of the most popular female authors writing in the genre today. Now, with THE FLOATING ISLAND, Haydon is poised to make her mark in the world of young-adult fiction.
THE FLOATING ISLAND introduces readers to Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme-known as Ven-the youngest son from a very large family of shipbuilders. Unlike the rest of his family who prefer to stay close to home, Ven dreams of sailing one of their ships and exploring far-off lands. Little does he know he´ll soon get his chance. When Ven is chosen to oversee the test-run of the family´s latest ship he is overjoyed. But once out to sea they are attacked by fire pirates and the Polyphemes´ beautiful ship is destroyed, and Ven, the only survivor, is rescued by another ship on its way to the island of Serendair. Thus begins his amazing adventures. Along the way he will befriend a mermaid, get thrown in jail, help to solve an old murder mystery, and find the mystical floating island, the source of the Water of Life.
THE FLOATING ISLAND is one of those magical stories that keeps readers up late, turning the pages. And luckily, its just the start of a planned series. It is also a book that only Elizabeth Haydon could write.
Before turning to writing full-time, Haydon spent many years as an educator specializing in developing school curricula for teachers and librarians. Now, she has uniquely combined these passions by developing not only a wonderful new series for middle-grade readers, but also a comprehensive school curriculum based on the novel. This curriculum-the first of its kind to be available free-will allow teachers, librarians and home-schooling parents to use THE FLOATING ISLAND as a learning tool. Based on the principles of Bloom´s Taxonomy, Haydon has included lessons and activities across all subject areas that can be customized for various grade levels and types of instruction–all easily accessible from an online database. For more information on this free curriculum program please see the enclosed brochure or visit the "For Educators" section of www.venpolypheme.com.
Praise for Elizabeth Haydon´s THE FLOATING ISLAND:
"This is truly a stunning fantasy novel with well-developed characters, an exquisitely rendered world, and fast-paced plotting." -Di Herald, Genrefluent
"If you´re looking for a learning unit that will hook your most unmotivated students, this is it! A great read for all levels of learners and the curriculum materials will have them begging for more!" -Colleen Eagan Zawadzki, Staff Development and Curriculum Specialist
"The curriculum support for The Floating Island allows the classroom to continue the mystery and the magic of Ven´s adventures beyond the text itself. From the graphics to the cross curricular content, it presents an inviting and easy method for the teacher to interweave the enjoyment of reading with most other subject areas." -Kraig D. Pritts, Superintendent of Schools, Upstate New York
"The Floating Island is the next children´s crossover classic, and I am so excited about teaching it this fall. The issues that pre-teens and teens care about, like race and body issues, family and loyalty, are dealt with sensitively, without condescension, as only someone very familiar with the audience can do. I especially appreciate the social studies units to help further the discussion among my largely minority population. Bravo to Ms. Haydon for enchanting our hearts and stimulating our minds at the same time."
-Rosa Munez, Fourth-Grade Teacher, California
THE FLOATING ISLAND
A Starscape Hardcover
368 pages / $17.95
Publication Date: August 22, 2006