The Floating Island (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme #1) (Paperback)

By Elizabeth Haydon

Starscape, 9780765375902, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/22/2006)
Paperback (4/1/2008)
Prebound (5/20/2014)

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The Floating Island, the first volume in Elizabeth Haydon's critically-acclaimed The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series for middle grade readers, is now available with a stunning new cover
Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme—known as Ven—is the youngest son of a long line of famous shipwrights. He dreams not of building ships, but of sailing them to far-off lands where magic thrives. Ven gets his chance when he is chosen to direct the Inspection of his family's latest ship—and sets sail on the journey of a lifetime.

Attacked by fire pirates, lost at sea and near death, Ven is rescued by a passing ship on its way to the Island of Serendair. Thankful to be alive, little does Ven know that the pirate attack—and his subsequent rescue—may not have been an accident. Shadowy figures are hunting for the famed Floating Island, the only source of the mystical Water of Life. They think Ven can lead them to this treasure and will stop at nothing to get it—even murder….

About the Author

As the daughter of an air force officer, ELIZABETH HAYDON began traveling at an early age and has since traveled all over the world. She draws on the imagery of these visits in The Symphony of Ages series, and blends her love of music, anthropology, herbalism and folklore into much of her writing. Haydon is also a harpist and a madrigal singer (a singer of medieval songs). She lives with her family on the East Coast.

Brett Helquist is the illustrator of many popular books for children.

Praise For The Floating Island (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme #1)

“A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience.” —Booklist, starred review

“Haydon's fantastical universe [...] is filled with fun details, interesting characters, fast-paced adventure, snappy dialogue, and plenty of humor and heart.” —School Library Journal

“Haydon spins a story both warm and thrilling.” —Publishers Weekly