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Behemoth Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Westerfeld, Scott, Thompson, Keith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1416971769     ISBN-13: 9781416971764
Publisher: Simon Pulse
    OUR PRICE: $13.49  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2011
Annotation: Continues the story of Austrian Prince Alek who, in an alternate 1914 Europe, eludes the Germans by traveling in the Leviathan to Constantinople, where he faces a whole new kind of genetically-engineered warship.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Science fiction.
Imaginary creatures; Fiction.
Princes; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011021511
Lexile Measure: 810
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Leviathan
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (1.45 lbs) 485 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139477
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50189
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 21.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Deryn and Alek join forces with a revolutionary group attempting to overthrow the sultan and save the Leviathan from destruction. Along the way, they discover answers to questions from the previous series entry. Steampunk master Westerfeld provides plenty of action, humor, and intrigue while building his alternate WWI history. Thompson's illustrations effectively clarify the appearances of Westerfeld's invented machines and creatures. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #6)
When Leviathan (rev. 11/09) ended, unlikely friends Alek and Deryn were aboard the eponymous airship headed to Constantinople, hoping to rally support from the neutral Ottoman Empire for the Darwinist cause before their enemies, the Clankers, could sway the sultan's allegiance. In this second entry in the trilogy, the negotiations are not going well. Deryn, posing as a boy in the Darwinist British Air Service, and Alek, a secret prince and heir to the Clanker Austrian-Hungarian throne, must join forces with a revolutionary group attempting to overthrow the Ottoman sultan to "change the course of the whole barking war" -- and hopefully save the Leviathan from destruction so it can introduce a new Darwinist weapon: the behemoth. Along the way, Deryn and Alek discover answers to questions from the first book (such as the identity of Dr. Barlow's secret eggs, although the creatures' purpose remains a mystery), but the ending appropriately leaves much unanswered leading into the final book. Westerfeld is a master of steampunk, and this second book flows more smoothly than the first, providing plenty of action, humor, and intrigue while also building on his alternate history of World War I. Thompson's illustrations once again clarify the appearance of Westerfeld's new machines and fabricated creatures, continuing a collaboration that makes this blending of past and present technologies an entertaining, and even somewhat educational, read. cynthia k. ritter Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 September #2)

The action is nonstop in Westerfeld's thrilling sequel to last year's Leviathan--fans of that book won't be disappointed. It's 1914 in the author's alternate world, the great powers are moving toward full-scale war, and Deryn, still posing as a boy, has found a place as a midshipman aboard the gigantic, living British airship Leviathan as it sails east on its secret mission to Istanbul. When Austria-Hungary enters the conflict, her friend Alek, the runaway heir to that empire, realizes that he must escape from the airship to avoid imprisonment, giving Deryn "a chance not just to help Alek but to change the course of the whole barking war." Battles abound between eccentric fighting machines and even stranger fabricated "beasties" as Deryn and Alek prove their courage and ingenuity while putting themselves in harm's way. This exciting and inventive tale of military conflict and wildly reimagined history should captivate a wide range of readers. Thompson's evocative and detailed spot art (as well as the luridly gorgeous endpapers) only sweetens the deal. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 October)

Gr 7 Up—This book continues the hard-driving, action-packed adventures of Alek, heir to the throne of the Austrian empire and current British prisoner of war, and Deryn Sharp, a midshipman assigned to the Leviathan. Their loyalties to their respective governments and philosophies are tested as their friendship grows; Alek is an Austrian Clanker and Deryn an English Darwinist. After the Leviathan is damaged by a German attack, Alek and his personal guard escape the airship and join a revolutionary group dedicated to the overthrow of the sultan of Istanbul. Meanwhile Deryn has been sent to sabotage a key military blockade in the Istanbul harbor. But true havoc doesn't ensue until the teens are reunited. This dynamite novel incorporates factual events of the early months of World War I: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, Churchill's confiscation of an Ottoman Empire warship, and the instability and revolution within the Empire. However, the elements of steampunk, biological and mechanical technology, sheer over-the-top adventure, and great storytelling make this a must-have addition to any speculative fiction collection. Thompson's sumptuous full-page illustrations capture the goings-on and contribute to the cinematic feel of the book.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

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