About the Book
(The Derivatives of Displacement Book Two)
Author: Jennifer Ellis
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Number of Pages: 309
Synopsis: Now that the witches have been rescued from Nowhere and Mantis no longer seems to be a threat to Simon, Abbey Sinclair just wants to return to her quiet life of chemistry experiments and physics textbooks. But life is anything but quiet for the Sinclairs. Abbey’s mother is taking secret trips to the stones with Caleb, Simon has been arrested for hacking into the City Hall computer, and to really complicate matters, the witches from Nowhere have moved in across the street.
Meanwhile, Mark has become increasingly obsessed with some old maps of Coventry, convinced that their strange markings hide an important secret. But when others—witches, of course—start to show an interest in these very same maps, Abbey, Mark, and Caleb find themselves on the run. Soon the race is on to see who can unravel the secrets of the maps first, and Abbey still doesn’t even know which witches are on the good side—if there is a good side.
With the witches free from Nowhere life has yet to return to normal for the Sinclairs. In fact, it's gotten a whole lot weirder. Abbey, Caleb, and Simon have been forbidden, by their parents, from going near the stones, but Abbey soon learns that her mother has been sneaking off in the early hours to use them. Caleb is still upset with Simon and Abbey for withholding information about his future, but when it's learned that Caleb has a secret of his own they reach a truce. Simon ends up in the hot seat for computer hacking and Caleb, Abbey, and Mark use the stones. What they uncover leads to more questions, which no one will answer. Mark has moved in with the Sinclairs since his mother's stroke and his map obsession plays a key role in uncovering the mystery of the stones. The trouble now is figuring out who they can trust, if anyone.
A Quill Ladder is every bit as good as the first book. I liked how the author included all the new characters that were revealed at the end of A Pair of Docks, but don't worry all the old characters are still present as well. I enjoyed learning more about Mark and that his vast knowledge of maps leads the kids to many new discoveries. He also seems to flourish as he begins exploring on his own and is able to employ techniques to help him in uncomfortable situations.
The author has a gift for spinning tales and readers will be intrigued by the clues as they are revealed and will find themselves trying to piece it all together along with the characters. A Quill Ladder is very well-written and my only disappointment was that the story came to an end. I am looking forward to book 3.
I highly recommend picking up a copy. Available on Amazon.