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The Book of Secrets

#1 Ateban Cipher

A. L Tait



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12 September 2017
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Gabe was left as a foundling on the steps of a monastery, and has known no other life than the cloistered and disciplined institution. Nor does he have any great curiosity about the outer world, thinking his life will always be ordered and neat - until a dying man thrusts a mysterious manuscript into his hands with instructions to take it to Aidan and no-one else. Before he has time to blink, Gabe is swept up into a grand adventure, unable to return to the monastery, not knowing who to trust and on the run. Fortunately for him he falls into the hands of a notorious band of robbers - who happen to be girls with a mission of their own. A swift-paced adventure for readers 9-12. Lindy Jones


What's the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? These are the questions Gabe must answer when a dying man hands him a coded manuscript with one instruction: take it to Aidan. Gabe is hurled into a quest that takes him beyond his monastery home and into a world of danger, political intrigue and adventure. As he seeks to decipher the code and find a mystery man who may not even exist, Gabe learns that survival must be earned and that some of life's biggest lessons are not found in books. Gabe finds himself questioning everything he knows about right and wrong and wondering if he'll ever find a way back home. He also discovers that the biggest secret of all may be his own.

By:   A. L Tait
Imprint:   Lothian
Country of Publication:   Australia
Volume:   Book 1
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   220g
ISBN:   9780734417671
ISBN 10:   0734417675
Series:   The Ateban Cipher
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   12 September 2017
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  General/trade ,  English as a second language ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

A.L. Tait grew up dreaming of world domination. Unfortunately, at the time there were only alphabet sisters B.L. and C.A. and long-suffering brother M.D.M. to practise on ... and parents who didn't look kindly upon sword fights, plank-walking or bows and arrows. But dreams don't die and The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher, the author's series of books for children, are the result. A.L. lives in country New South Wales with a family, a garden and three goldfish. A.L. Tait writes fiction and non-fiction for adults under another name.

Reviews for The Book of Secrets (#1 Ateban Cipher)

Not since Emily Rodda's DELTORA QUEST series has there been such an exciting adventure tale from an Australian author. Echoes of Robinson Crusoe make this feel like a classic with a new twist, and it's perfect for readers aged 8 to 12 who are looking for some escapism in the sea of contemporary stories. - Readings on A.L. Tait s RACE TO THE END OF THE WORLD Great white beasts and would-be pirates will capture the attention of young readers ... recommended for fans of adventure books from Emily Rodda and Andrew McGahan. - BOOKS + PUBLISHING on A.L. Tait s PRISONER OF THE BLACK HAWK Buy it immediately for any lad over eight who is a keen reader. - readingtree.com.au on A.L. Tait s PRISONER OF THE BLACK HAWK

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