The Emerald Tablet

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Benjamin and his best friend Andy love being different from the other kids. They like being able to read each others minds and use their telekinesis to play tricks. In fact, they are getting set to spend their entire summer doing just that when Benjamin s mirror starts talking. Suddenly, he s looking at eight weeks of summer school someplace that can only be reached by a teleporter hidden in his hallway. And the summer only gets stranger.

At school, Benjamin discovers that he isn t really human but something called a telegen. It turns out that the powers he always thought made him special only make him normal. But then the mysterious Emerald Tablet chooses him as its champion, and all chances of a uneventful (well, as uneventful as summer school on a hidden, submerged continent can be) disappears.

ISBN: 978-1-933767-13-0
Hardcover, Science Fiction

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TriState Books of Note List

Gold Star Award for Excellence from Teens Read Too

Cybils nominees in the Middle Grade Fantasy category


"Highly recommended for later elementary and middle school readers, boys and girls, fans of traditional fantasy or not."

Jen Robinson, Jen Robinson's Book Page

Five Stars - Recipient of the Gold Star Award for Excellence
"I loved every minute that I was reading it, and I feel like I want to reread the book over and over again. ... While reading the book I kept thinking that in a way it was almost like a myth that was being told and how cool it would be if it was actually true... Fans of Rick Riordan’s PERCY JACKSON series will particularly enjoy this book."

Teens Read Too

"I loved this one...Its playful style--with everything being so matter of fact--charmed me... This one is light, fun, and hard to put down."

Becky's Book Reviews

"What a fantastic debut novel! I really can’t wait to read the rest of this series."

The Story Siren

"The Emerald Tablet draws readers in from the first page with likeable characters and surprising mysteries... Readers will be eager to read more fantastic adventures by P.J. Hoover."

Linda Joy Singleton, author of THE SEER and DEAD GIRL series

"This is a wonderful beginning to a fantasy middle-grade trilogy. Hoover's writing is extremely compelling and makes the book hard to put down."

Book Chic

"Step aside, move down, you unworthy Newberry Award winning books, and such! This book qualifies as the greatest, most AMAZING book in the history of books! I couldn't put it down."

Bookworms' Reviews

"This is FREAKING awesome! ... I ended up being very surprised by which characters were revealed as villains at the end. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a great fantasy read."

Eleanor at Present Lenore

"I finished this book yesterday, and it made me wish I had a whole list of ten-year olds to find Christmas presents for, because this book is going to make a lot of ten-year-old bookworms very, very happy."

Shelf Elf

"PJ Hoover really nailed the voice of a 13-year old boy....This is a story sure to please anyone looking for an adventure."

Reader Rabbit

"The Emerald Tablet, is one of the best books I have ever read."

The Not So Closet Geeks