The Vengekeep Prophecies

The Vengekeep Prophecies

eBook - 2012
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Forget what you know about prophecies-this epic middle-grade fantasy about a clumsy boy born into a family of thieves is fresh, fun, and anything but predictable! The first in an unforgettable trilogy, this Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year takes everything you thought you knew about fantasy and spins it into pure magic. Jaxter Grimjinx is a born thief. At least, he's supposed to be. For generations, the Grimjinx clan has produced the swiftest, cleverest thieves in Vengekeep. The problem is, Jaxter is clumsy. So clumsy that in his first solo heist, he sets the Castellan's house on fire and lands his family in prison. Even Jaxter's talent for breaking magical locks can't get them out of this bind. Then a suspiciously convenient prophecy emerges, naming the Grimjinx clan as the soon-to-be heroes of Vengekeep. It's good enough to get his family out of jail, but when the doomsday prophecy starts to come true, Jaxter is pretty sure a life behind bars would be a better fate. Now, with the help of his new friend, Callie, Jaxter will have to face down flaming monsters, a bazaar of thieves, and a renegade sorcerer to become the hero he was truly born to be. Full of twists and turns, friendship and adventure, The Vengekeep Prophecies is a "rich fantasy that hits the ground running and never lets up" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2012
ISBN: 9780062049308
0062049305
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett
hoopla digital

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milaharker
Jul 28, 2016

"Da and I spent the night in the Grimjinx summer home. Known to most as the Vengekeep goal."

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 20, 2012

“If you must steal from a wise man or a foolish one, steal from the wise. You’ll leave him with something he’ll value: a lesson.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 19, 2012

“Even weeks later, I heard rumors that I had ruined the Festival of the Twins. Which was complete rubbish. I was nowhere near the Festival grounds at the time. I was too busy escaping from a house fire. That I’d caused. Accidentally.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 19, 2012

“Fate is a lazy man’s excuse for avoiding curiosity.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 19, 2012

“Accusations are merely the envy of the unenlightened given form.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 19, 2012

“Keep your enemies close, your friends closer, and let them fight it out.”

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milaharker
Jul 28, 2016

I just finished reading this book and thought it was amazing!

really liked the book. i'm quite annoyed that there isn't #2 yet. I really like the whole idea of a prophecies ruling a village. But i kinda think( if ur smart) you could change a fate of a village. MY DREAM

ChristchurchLib Feb 26, 2013

"Twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx comes from a family of thieves, but he's yet to perfect his own skills at the family business. When Jaxter's botched first burglary attempt results in the rest of his family being jailed - and a bizarre series of strange and dangerous events begins - the lad must leave his home in order to search for a way to save it. Fans of action-packed adventures that are filled with twists, turns, just enough danger to be a little scary, and plenty of humour will love The Vengekeep Prophecies." February 2013 Kids' Books http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=606238

Rather_be_reading Jan 18, 2013

Boy who doesn't fit in family goes on quest and discovers himself and his unique talent, blah blah blah-- read it all before, right? Nope, this is fresh and different and funny. Even though it would be great to meet these characters again (and I think there is a sequel coming--bangers!), this story has an ending, not a cliffhanger.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 17, 2012

You want prophecies? Fine. Then let’s come up with a concept that sort of turns the whole idea behind them on its head. With great humor and dexterity Farrey creates a new fantasy world where magic is kept in check, only popping up once in a while to bite our heroes on the bum. Fast and funny, this is one of those rare 400-page novels where I wouldn’t cut so much as a sentence or a paragraph if it meant making the story any shorter.

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Constantinethegreat thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

devorah1231 Dec 28, 2012

devorah1231 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 16

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 17, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 17, 2012

It’s tough being the black sheep in a family OF black sheep, but such is the lot of Jaxter Grimjinx. It’s certainly an honor to be next in a long line of thieves, con artists, forgers, fleet-fingered pilferers, etc. It’s significantly less of an honor to be a clumsy klutz unable to pick even the simplest lock. But what he lacks in delicacy Jaxter more than makes up for with his love of herbs and spells, capable of undoing every protective magic they come across. Then it happens. In the village of Vengekeep it is customary to reveal once a year a tapestry that will predict the coming year. Produced hundreds of years ago by prophetic twins, Vengekeep relies on these prophecies. So imagine the horror of the townspeople when they discover that this year a horrific series of plagues and disasters will be visited upon them and their saviors will be those no good Grimjinxes. Of course they will be. The Grimjinxes found a way to fake the tapestry this year and they envision it as brilliant cover for their daring exploits. But that’s all before the stories on the fake tapestry start coming true. Suddenly, it’s up to the least reputable citizens in town to save everyone. And it’s up to Jaxter to ultimate undo the damage his family has wrought.

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