Episode # 6

The Glass Sentence

S. E. Grove

A remarkable historical adventure -- imagine an American version of Philip Pullman, with a heroine worthy of Louisa May Alcott!
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10 & Up / 5 & Up
Viking Juvenile




The Glass Sentence

Boston, 1891. 13-year-old Sophia Tims lives with her uncle, cartologist Shadrack Elli, in a world torn to pieces by the Great Disruption of 1799—when all of the continents were mysteriously thrown into different time periods, from the prehistoric era to the fortieth century. Sophia's parents are explorers. She has not seen them in eight years, when they went on a last-minute trip and never returned. When Shadrack is kidnapped from their home, Sophia sets out—along with her new friend, Theo, a refugee from the West—in order to find him. Their journey takes them across the country, over the sea, and through remarkable cities. Along with a group of law-abiding pirates, and a wayward botanist and his daughter, they search for Sophia’s uncle, and run for their lives. What they learn—about mapmaking, the changes taking place in the world, and the legends of the land—transforms Sophia forever. This remarkable debut, the first of S.E. Grove's Mapmakers trilogy, is a true original.

Praise for The Glass Sentence

• A Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices Selection
• A Junior Library Guild Selection
• One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer Reads

“I loved it! So imaginative!”
Nancy Pearl

“Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction . . . Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A thrilling, time-bending debut . . . It’s a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Not since Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.”
Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times best-selling author of A Conspiracy of Kings

S.E. Grove is a historian and world traveler. This is her first novel.