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Goliath
Contributor(s): Westerfeld, Scott, Thompson, Keith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1416971777     ISBN-13: 9781416971771
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: September 2011
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Annotation: Alek and Deryn encounter obstacles during the last leg of their international quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as prince of Austria, and fall in love.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Imaginary creatures; Fiction.
Princes; Fiction.
War; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2011015892
Lexile Measure: 790
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Leviathan
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.00" W x 1.75" (2.05 lbs) 543 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 146327
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 14.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q54291
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 22.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
In this satisfying trilogy ender (Leviathan, Behemoth), Alek and Deryn wrestle with their forbidden feelings for each other while trying to stop the war. Westerfeld has meticulously crafted his alternate history of World War I, bringing it to a hopeful if not entirely peaceful ending. Thompson's detailed black-and-white illustrations visually capture the book's crucial moments, steampunk machinery, and fabricated beasts. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #6)
As this third and final installment begins, Alek and Deryn are aboard the Leviathan as the airship heads east toward Russia. Alek's identity as an Austrian-Hungarian prince is now widely known, but Deryn continues to disguise herself as a boy, posing as a midshipman named Dylan. Alek's discovery of her secret -- and that she is in love with him -- alters their relationship. In Siberia, amidst total devastation, the Leviathan picks up inventor Nikola Tesla, who claims to have caused the damage with his electrical weapon Goliath, located far away in New York. Alek believes getting Tesla back to his invention can help Alek achieve his destiny to stop the war, using Goliath to scare the Clankers into surrendering to the Darwinists. As the Leviathan travels halfway around the world, Deryn and Alek wrestle with their forbidden feelings for each other in a somewhat forced romantic subplot that becomes resolved during the novel's climactic conclusion, one that changes the course of the war and alters the two heroes' lives forever. Westerfeld has meticulously crafted his alternate history of World War I, bringing it to a hopeful if not entirely peaceful ending. He again introduces real-life figures and events into the many invented action sequences. Thompson's detailed black-and-white illustrations visually capture the book's crucial moments and new steampunk machinery and fabricated beasts. A satisfying close to the Leviathan Trilogy. cynthia k. ritter Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 September)

Gr 7 Up—The title of this final volume in the trilogy refers to a device created by the mad inventor Nikola Tesla, which he claims can lay waste to entire cities. The story picks up with Alek and Deryn/Dylan traveling in the living hydrogen dirigible known as the Leviathan to Russia under orders to pick up a cargo from the czar, along with Tesla as a passenger. While there are questions about the mysterious cargo and the inventor's wild claims, the real thread of plot here is that Alek finally discovers that Deryn is a girl and has to deal with his conflicted feelings toward her. Deryn, on the other hand, is in love with him, but doesn't believe her love can be returned as she is a commoner. Along with Tesla, a host of other historical figures appear in the plot, including William Randolph Hearst and Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. The Leviathan makes an epic journey from Russia to California, and then to New York, via Mexico, where in a fateful last stand, Alex has to make a decision as Tesla prepares to use the Goliath device to destroy Berlin while the city is under attack by German undersea Walkers. At story's end, Westerfeld's alternate steampunk version of World War I is not over, but Alex and Deryn's life together appears to be just beginning. Goliath delivers some action, thrills, and a satisfying love story, despite some muddled plotting in the middle section. Nonetheless, it is a must-read for fans of the series and of the steampunk genre.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO

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