Atherton is made of three concentric realms, with one land rising high above the next, separated by treacherous cliffs. Here, the source of life-three cascading waterfalls-is regulated by the privileged few living near the heavens, and rationed to the laborers living beneath them.
Edgar, a gifted climber, is looking for a treasure hidden in the perilous cliffs, the key to which is lost in the faded memory of his mysterious past. Obsessively scaling the sheer rock wall above the humble fig grove--though it is forbidden--he finally reaches the Highlands, a sinister world of untold beauty. There he meets Samuel from the House of Power, and together they begin to unlock the mysteries of Atherton via a book which contains the history of the world's formation and ultimate apocalyptic destiny--until those who covet the Book of Secrets put the boys' lives at serious risk. Edgar soon learns that he must confront an unspeakable danger that could destroy the people of Atherton as its lands slide closer to one another. In the end, an even more startling revelation about the future surfaces: The world is about to be turned inside out--literally.
Praise for ATHERTON: Rivers of Fire
* A summer 2008 Booksense Children's Pick
"A smart, gripping fantasy that offers a clever parallel to our very real world of unequal wealth and opportunity."
Praise for ATHERTON: The House of Power
"Will keep many a reader up nights for 'just one more chapter.'"
Patrick Carman is the New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed series as The Land of Elyon and Atherton. Most recently, he authored The Black Circle, the fifth title in the 39 Clues series, and the groundbreaking Skeleton Creek series. An enthusiastic reading advocate, he has visited more than 750 schools, developed village library projects in Central America, and created author outreach programs for communities. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington with his family.