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The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse

By Tony Abbott, Illustrated by Bill Perkins

Bestselling author Tony Abbott returns with the next full-length book in the Copernicus Legacy series, a globe-trotting adventure packed with more riddles, puzzles, and secret histories. The hunt for Copernicus's first relic sent Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca to the far reaches of the world and put them in serious danger. But they never imagined Sara Kaplan—Darrell and Wade's mother—would be kidnapped by the conniving Galina Krause. Now they must race the evil Teutonic Order to find the Serpens relic and rescue Sara before it's too late.

Fans of Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson will love this epic series, which is filled with suspense and action.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

  • 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.

Compare and contrast the characters, settings, and plots of The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone and The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent?s Curse. RL.5.9; W.5.9,9a

How does Tony Abbott layer fiction and factual research The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent?s Curse? RL.5.1,5; W.5.7,9

How are illustrations used in The Serpent?s Curse? Choose an illustration from the book and describe how it relates to the chapter. How does the illustration contribute to the meaning and tone of the chapter? RL.5.7

How does Tony Abbott use the literary elements of foreshadowing and symbolism throughout The Serpent?s Curse? RL.5.1
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062194466
  • ISBN 10: 0062194461
  • ISBN 13: 9780062194466
  • Pages: 496
  • Trim Size: 5.50 x 7.75 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
  • Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
  • Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Renaissance

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Praise for The Serpent's Curse: "Fast-paced and chock-full of secrets, puzzles and twists."

Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of the Kingdom Keepers seriesPraise for The Copernicus Legacy: "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."

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."

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Praise for The Forbidden Stone: "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."

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."

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

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."

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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