- Age Range: 9 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Archibald Finch (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 350 pages
- Publisher: Line 8 (October 8, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1732569924
- ISBN-13: 978-1732569928
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches: (book 1, illustrated) Hardcover – October 8, 2018
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Archibald Finch is a unique combo of quirks. He knows everything, but he doesn't know how he's acquired his knowledge and he's scared of monsters. So scared that he insists on sharing a room with his older sister Hailee, which is odd considering that their new home is a manor with 20 rooms that the family just inherited from Archibald's grandma. He is constantly bullied at school and he feels he has no friends. While exploring his large new home one day, a globe captures Archibald's attention. He's soon absorbed right into the globe, with his sister as a witness. His parents call Scotland Yard. Meanwhile, Archibald has entered a new world and sets off on a magical adventure. Hailee is soon off on her own adventure searching for Archibald. VERDICT This page-turner is sure to capture the attention of readers who enjoy magical fantasy adventures.—Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego
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Guyon also takes the road less traveled by giving Archibald's sister Hailee a role to play. While Archibald navigates the world of Lemurea, where a group of witches fight a centuries-old battle against the monsters who threaten their land, Hailee travels London trying to figure out what happened to him. She becomes a fully fleshed-out character in her own right, distinct from Archibald and going through her own character arc in her adventure.
The illustrations are the icing on this cake. Guyon even incorporates them into the layout, having the text wrap around them in a way that helps heighten the mood evoked by his words. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to the hardcover, which is a beautiful presentation of this fantastic tale. Buy an extra one as a gift for a special someone!
breathtaking adventure full of surprising twists, there is a basic
human dimension to this story that I find deeply inspiring. By chapter
two, once the premise established, right after Archibald's big plunge
into the unknown, you enter a world of frightening contrast, with
those amazing young girls armed with the most magical weapons and the
highest ideals, trying to live a seemingly normal life despite the
extreme dangers surrounding them.
Thee "daughters of nightfall", as they were called following their
ordeal, have their own funny language, funky hats, glowing stones,
complex alphabet, they mix science with herbology, they use lanterns
made out of fireflies, they are completely disconnected from
Archibald's reality, and yet you feel so close to them. As you learn
more about them, you develop a deep connection with their amazing
survival story, based on events that unfortunately took place...
In the end, the real magic in Archibald Finch resides in the author's
ability to keep the characters' lives and emotions on a human scale,
in the midst of flying Marodors (the intriguing monsters roaming the
underworld) and exploding golems (the young witches' weapon of
Entertaining, fun, and compelling.
I was also very invested in Archibald’s sister, who is the only witness to Archibald’s vanishing. In the past, like any other proper big sister, Hailey was mostly engrossed in her cell phone and avoiding her younger brother. Now haunted by his disappearance, she is embarking on her own adventure, as she tries to find him while outrunning the darkness that has now been awakened in our world.
I personally can’t wait for the next book, and when I’m done reading this to my son, I believe he will feel the same!
Top international reviews
I ordered the book as soon as I had viewed the post and waited eagerly for its arrival.
When it arraived, I was blown away by the quality of the pages, the stunning illustrations and the beautiful way it was all put together. It's so impressive considering author, Michel Guyon self punlished the novel. He also has an incredible website for all Archibald Finch fans to explore.
Guyon writes in a unique style which is not often explored in children's fiction (writing in the present tense). At first I was surprised by this but soon found myself really drawn and captivated; it brought to life the magical world he has created in quite an effective way. His characters are so very likeable and you root for their victory. The magical beasts and the other world are so well described that I became so attached to it all and I could not put the book down.
Archibald Finch is a such a sweet character and his unplanned adventure is the start of a magical series. The novel ends suddenly, leaving the reader craving more.
I can't wait to continue on this epic journey with Archibald and his friends.
As an adult (I use this term quite loosely) it was such a treat to read something so innocent and beautiful, that was reminiscent of my childhood and reminded me of all the wonderful tales I grew up reading. It's so lovely to know the new generation have something that they can hold onto as their own now too.