This looks and sounds like a fantastic read for older elementary age and YA youth!
Title: THE MAGNIFICENT GLASS GLOBE Author: N.R. Bergeson
Pub. Date: April 10, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook Pages: 273
Eleven-year-old Mary Tucker dreams of visiting the Amazon. But if her father, a museum curator, has his way, she might be a grandmother before she ever gets the chance.
One day, while mischievously exploring the museum’s warehouse with her brother Ike and best friend Helen, Mary stumbles across an old travel trunk belonging to her grandfather.
Inside, they discover an nondescript glass globe. Curious about the simple object, Mary touches the globe, and is shocked when the room is suddenly consumed by the most amazing view of Earth.
The magnificent globe lets the friends zoom closer and closer toward the earth’s surface, eventually bringing them close enough to touch the trees. That’s when the globe entirely disappears, and they find themselves falling.
Suddenly, they’re far from home, in place that’s either a paradise, or the place where they will die.
Sleep, water, and food become precious and scarce. A native tribe may hold the keys to their survival as well as clues to help them get back home. But it won’t be easy. The rain forest is a big place, and when others find out what the globe can do, Mary, Ike and Helen will need a plan, allies, and a little luck.
“What’s so special about this globe anyway?” Colin asked.
“Made out of diamonds or something?”
Anatoly ignored him. Obviously, he hadn’t shared the details of his plan with the poacher.
“And how do you expect to find the globe now?” Anatoly asked them pointedly.
“We marked our trail by carving into the trees. If we find the trail, we can follow it back to where we first arrived,” Mary explained.
It hurt to be revealing these things, especially to Anatoly.
The thought of him getting the globe and harnessing its power made her feel sick. But what else could she do? She knew he wouldn’t accept any other answer. Mary didn’t even want to think about what he’d do to them if they couldn’t find the globe.
R. (Nils) Bergeson is the author of the “Magnificent Glass Globe” series. Nils was born in California but spent his childhood at the foot of the beautiful mountains of northern Utah. From an early age, he was fascinated with the wider world, prompting him to earn a degree in international studies from Utah State University, followed by a Master’s degree in Public Administration/International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He knew early on that his interests were as wide as the world itself, and that he’d find real joy living overseas. Since 2002, Nils has only spent four years living in the United States. He was a missionary in Siberia, spent time in Romania as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, and has worked for several years in Colombia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and now Indonesia as a U.S. diplomat/international development worker. He’s traveled to more than 60 countries with his wife, Emily, and their three young children. Nils’ love for writing, which began in the second grade, complements his globetrotting ways well. He hopes his writing will instill a desire in his readers to take advantage of modern opportunities to see the world, learn new languages, and expand their cultural experiences. We live in a wonderful world, and it’s just waiting for us to see it.
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