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  • Little, Brown Young Readers US
  • Wren & Rook
  • Wren & Rook

Atherton No. 3: The Dark Planet

Jess French, Daniel Long

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Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Dinosaurs & prehistoric world (Children's / Teenag

The third and final chapter in bestselling author Patrick Carman's epic fantasy sequence about 3 children living in a satellite world - created as a refuge from a dying Earth -which they must now try to restore after it has collapsed, forever changing their lives.

The 3-tiered satellite has completely inverted but Edgar still finds himself scaling the interior crevices, searching for something that he cannot define. With encouragement from Dr. Kincaid and Vincent he discovers an incredible way to reconnect with the Dark Planet. After journeying to an unfamiliar and very unpleasant land Edgar must navigate the deadly forests - full of creatures far more frightening than anything he has seen on Atherton - and join the child workforce of Silo 7, where Dr. Harding (the mad maker of Atherton) was raised. With the help of new friends, he explores where the idea of Atherton was born and seeks to unlock Dr. Harding's secrets to determine if there is hope yet for this older, sicker world. Meanwhile, Samuel and Isabel have their own adventure inside the depths of Atherton. Looking for clues about Edgar's disappearance, they stumble upon Dr. Harding's greatest secret - a real dragon who will play a vital role in the doctor's grand scheme to save the Dark Planet. In the final thrilling chapter of this epic trilogy, we meet an engaging new cast of characters and Dr. Harding's ultimate plan comes together in an incredibly satisfying conclusion.

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Jess French

Jess French (author)
Jess French is a passionate vet, zoologist and naturalist who has been named one of Britain's top 50 conservationists by BBC Wildlife magazine. She presented her own TV series on CBeebies called Minibeast Adventure with Jess and worked on Live 'n' Deadly (CBBC), Deadly Mission Madagascar (CBBC), Springwatch (BBC) and Micro Monsters 3D (Sky). Jess has written several books for children, including the Born Free series for Orion Children's Books.

James Gilleard (illustrator)
James Gilleard is an illustrator and animator whose influences include 1950s, 60s and 70s animation,architecture and photography, vintage film posters and pulp comics. His beautifully textured digital illustrations have been used for posters, magazines, animations and books.

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