The Resource Happenstance found, P.W. Catanese

Happenstance found, P.W. Catanese

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Happenstance found
Title
Happenstance found
Statement of responsibility
P.W. Catanese
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A boy awakens, blindfolded, with no memory of even his name, but soon meets Lord Umber, an adventurer and inventor, who calls him Happenstance and tells him that he has a very important destiny--and a powerful enemy
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  • Gr 5–8— Happenstance Found, 12, does not remember who he is, where he came from, or any details of his former life. He wakes up in an underground cavern, accompanied by a mysterious stranger who refuses to tell him anything about his origins. The stranger hands Hap over to personable, yet in many ways equally mysterious, Lord Umber. Acting on the stranger's advice, Umber invites Hap to join his company. They immediately meet with adventure and danger, and Hap learns that Umber is a man of diverse talents and boundless curiosity. Umber discovers that Hap can see in total darkness, jump to extraordinary heights, and sense when momentous events are about to occur. Hap is also being pursued by a menacing figure, which he and his companions dub "the Creep." In the final conflict with this character, Hap's ingenuity, abilities, and loyalty are tested. He triumphs over his adversary, but enough tantalizing loose ends are left to be resolved in the sequel. Though some may lament the uneven characterization, there's plenty of adventure and mystery to appeal to fans of Catanese's earlier works.—Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY --Misti Tidman (Reviewed May 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 5, p101)
  • /* Starred Review */ Catanese (the Further Tales Adventures) dazzles in the first of the planned Books of Umber series by wittily subverting genre tropes. Happenstance, a boy with strange green eyes, wakes up in a cave with no memories of who he is or anything about the fantastic world in which he lives. He soon encounters Lord Umber, an adventurer who seems familiar with our world as well as his own, and his two companions—a brute cursed to be forever truthful and a one-handed artist and archer. En route to Umber’s home, they discover that Hap can see in the dark, leap many feet in the air, speak numerous languages and go without sleep. As the group attempts to learn about his origins, they’re forced to confront a supernatural assassin and secrets from Umber’s own mysterious past. Catanese packs a lot into the book: rich characterizations (Umber, who turns out to be from another dimension, suffers from depression and wishes he had his meds), well-choreographed action sequences and genuinely surprising twists at the end. As auspicious start to the series. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed January 5, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 1, p51)
  • The beginning of a moderately engaging fantasy series employs a number of tropes readers will find familiar—perhaps irritatingly so. Happenstance—Hap—appears in a world he doesn't know. He has no memories but a lot of languages, and he does not need to sleep. He is found by the wildly curious, intensely aware and distinctly manic-depressive Lord Umber, who clearly has a plan for Hap. The pair travels to Umber's city of Kurahaven with the help of three unlikely and elaborately contrived characters. In Kurahaven, the action slows a bit while Hap learns about the world, discovers a few of his talents and sees the effect his startlingly green eyes have upon the populace. The climax, which involves a rockslide and a race down a collapsing stairwell and crumbling walls into the sea, comes straight from Indiana Jones. There's a little bit of preaching, especially when Umber explains his own origins, and barely a pause without resolution at the end to prepare readers for the next installment. (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2008)
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298980
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DLC
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Catanese, P. W
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
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True
Series statement
The books of Umber
Series volume
bk. 1
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  • Adventure stories
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Magic
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Fantasy
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Magic
  • Adventure stories
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Magic
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Happenstance found, P.W. Catanese
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st Aladdin hardcover ed.
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9781416975199
Lccn
2008045966
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o221154612
  • (OCoLC)221154612
Label
Happenstance found, P.W. Catanese
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st Aladdin hardcover ed.
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9781416975199
Lccn
2008045966
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o221154612
  • (OCoLC)221154612

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