On Your Marks: The Adventure Begins

On Your Marks The Adventure Begins Ewan Zane and Ganix three half brothers take sibling rivalry to new lengths as they race each other across their homeland Magic isn t the only legacy Mr Ian Johns wants for his bickering sons The Po

  • Title: On Your Marks: The Adventure Begins
  • Author: C.J. Milbrandt
  • ISBN: 9781631230189
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ewan, Zane, and Ganix three half brothers take sibling rivalry to new lengths as they race each other across their homeland.Magic isn t the only legacy Mr Ian Johns wants for his bickering sons The Postmaster hoped the boys would bond during a family trip, but they twist his vacation plans into a race Ewan, Zane, and Ganix soon find themselves far from home, facing choEwan, Zane, and Ganix three half brothers take sibling rivalry to new lengths as they race each other across their homeland.Magic isn t the only legacy Mr Ian Johns wants for his bickering sons The Postmaster hoped the boys would bond during a family trip, but they twist his vacation plans into a race Ewan, Zane, and Ganix soon find themselves far from home, facing choices that are far from easy Three routes stretch from coast to coast The rules each brother and his two companions must check in at post offices along their route At these waypoints, they stamp in with their personal seal and report their progress by postcard.Book 1 in the Byways series introduces the Johns family and sees the brothers to the starting line Ewan is dependable but shy Zane has a rebel s reputation and a lone friend Ganix has a gift for getting into mischief and enough luck to get back out of it All three boys have inherited their father s magic and are Changers with an animal form But they ll need than a magical quirk to reach the finish line A coming of age story times three with an educational twist The storyline includes a states based geography quest.Welcome to Liberty Big cities and hill country outposts thrive on busy byways, but people are scarce in the Wilds, where mythical creatures are alive and well Folks commonly use lanterns to light their homes, and peace is kept by rangers on horseback In the Byways books, readers will encounter dragons, griffins, river monsters, and rogue magicians.Magic is a rare trait that runs in families Some magical gifts are quite useful others are downright quirky Like the talent inherited by members of the Johns family They re Changers who can take the form of an animal Not that magic will make winning the race any easier for Ewan, Zane, and Ganix.Educational Twist Each of the Byways books is tied to one of the fifty states and borrows from its history and geography icons, mottos, landmarks, people, places, and famous firsts They re hidden throughout the story, turning the series into one long game of hide and seek At the end of each Byways book, there s a master list that covers everything from the state tree to the state insect Nicknames, sports teams, state heroes, and national parks also find their way into the story States are covered in order of ratification On Your Marks takes its cues from The First State, Delaware.Excerpt Laurel jumped when loud growling came from the front hall Hooves clattered, and a howl filled the house with its high, eerie note There they go again, she said What now Ian hurried out of the kitchen He slowed to step over the shattered pieces of a glass candle stand Boys What s the meaning of He was interrupted when a full grown elk minced past with a young raccoon dangling from his antlers Not in the house Ian started after them, but a snarling wolf zoomed between his legs, tripping him.

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    1. I received a free copy of this book from Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Initial thoughts: The start to what I believe will be a fun, magical, and adventurous series of short books. I really like that at the end of the book is a 'game' that urges you to find things in the book that coincide with the state that this book is set in (Delaware). I believe each following book will be set in a new state and therefore sets the pace for a VERY long series. This review was originally posted [...]

    2. On Your Marks by CJ Milbrandt is a wonderful read for children of all ages.In this book three brothers, Ewan, Zane, and Ganix are asked by their father to travel together and tour a land called 'Liberty'. Instead the brothers turn their father's request into a race to see who can finish touring Liberty first. The boys father has been married three times, his first two wives having died early.I found all the characters very charming and easy to relate to, each with their own very unique personali [...]

    3. 'On Your Marks: The Adventure Begins' is the first book in the Byways series by C. J. Milbrandt. In this book, we're introduced to the three half-brothers who will be the main characters of the rest of the series, as well as to the rest of their family.Ian Johns is concerned about the fact that his three sons get on so poorly, and plans to send them on a trip together across their country of Liberty, a cross between colonial America and mediaeval Europe.But the intended trip ends up as a race am [...]

    4. On Your Marks by C. J. Milbrandt was an exciting start to the Byways series. The use of State Facts is genious. City names, state symbols, and famous sites are hidden within the story, which makes you want to read it all over again when you reach the end so that you can find them.The story itself is filled with imaginative fantasy elements, stunning illustrations, and light-hearted humor that will keep kids turning pages. The fast pace, rich vocabulary, and loveable characters ensure that adults [...]

    5. Introduction to the Johns FamilyBook 1 takes us inside the home of Ian Johns, postmaster of Liberty, with magic in his blood that allows him to take the form of a great soaring eagle. His three sons are imbued with similar gifts, but their constant bickering wears on Ian and he decides to send them across country, each brother taking a different route with the goal of reaching the rendezvous point first. The next books will follow each boy's magical adventure.

    6. I enjoyed reading On Your Marks. It is a short book that sets the stage for a series of books in which three shape-shifting brothers who do not get along go on a cross-country race to discover their country. The book was fun and easy to read. As soon as I finished I wanted to pick up the next one.I won this book through a giveaway. Thanks!

    7. I received this as a GoodReads giveaway.So this story follows 3 brothers on their quest to get along.I found this fun and entertaining. A nice quick read.I would recommend this for middle grade but I'm sure anyone of any age would love it.

    8. Great chapter book for children - full of adventure. I won it in a contest and look forward to the others in the series.

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