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The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone

By Tony Abbott, Illustrated by Bill Perkins

Bestselling author Tony Abbott's epic new middle grade series, the Copernicus Legacy, begins with The Forbidden Stone, a thrilling adventure packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action. Fans of Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson will love this first book in an exciting series that takes the reader all over the globe in a race to find pieces of a mysterious hidden past—before it's too late.

Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

  • Grade level: 5
  • Interest Level: 4-12
  • Guided Reading Level: U


Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics. Explain how the chapters fit together to provide an overall structure. Explain how characters in a story respond to challenges. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

How does Tony Abbott use setting in The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone to enhance the meaning and tone? What feelings are evoked by the setting? RL.5.3

Give examples of how characters in the book respond to challenges. RL.5.2

Explain how the chapters in The Forbidden Stone fit together to provide an overall structure and contribute to the meaning of the book. RL.5.5

How does Tony Abbott create imagery through his use of figurative and vivid language? Give examples from the book. RL.5.4; SL.5.1,4


The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone Teaching Guide

This teaching guide for The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone, by Tony Abbott, features discussion questions and classroom activities and is aligned with Common Core standards for grades 4 through 7. The guide covers such areas as reading comprehension, analyzing story elements, research, and writing. [PDF]

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062194473
  • ISBN 10: 006219447X
  • ISBN 13: 9780062194473
  • Pages: 432
  • Trim Size: 5.50 x 7.75 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
  • Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
  • Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Renaissance

Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of the Kingdom Keepers series"Full of mystery and intrigue, this book had me completely transfixed."

Angie Sage, New York Times bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series"The Copernicus Legacy takes you on a fantastical journey that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning. With mysteries hiding behind secrets coded in riddle, this book is like a Dan Brown thriller for young readers. The further you get, the more you must read!"

Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers and Every Soul a Star"The Copernicus Legacy has it all: A secret code, priceless relics, murderous knights, a five-hundred-year-old mystery, and a story full of friendship, family, humor, and intelligence."

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"With engaging characters, a globe-trotting plot and dangerous villains, it is hard to find something not to like. Equal parts edge-of-your-seat suspense and heartfelt coming-of-age."

Publishers Weekly"Fast-paced and clever, the novel reads like a mashup of the National Treasure films and The Da Vinci Code."

Booklist"With word games and rebus puzzles to spare, this whirling first entry in a projected six-part series from Abbott has international intrigue, fast-paced action, entertaining characters, and a healthy helping of science history."

School Library Journal"The author masterfully pulls all the threads together and creates an engaging thriller enhanced by codes, puzzles, exotic locales, and narrow escapes."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"This lively escapade will suit fans of the 39 Clues series who are looking for a new puzzle to solve."

Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author"Tony Abbott is such an amazing storyteller, Copernicus should've named a star after him. With codes to crack, clues to unravel, and bad guys to outrun, this is one thrilling, smart, and fun read! I can't wait for the next chapter is this stellar new series."

David Lubar, author of Flip, Wizards of the Game, and Hidden Talents"A sprawling and fast-paced adventure in the great tradition of Robert Ludlum, Ian Fleming, and other masters whose tales loom larger than life. Readers are in for a real treat."

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