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Atherton is a children's science fiction trilogy, written by Patrick Carman, and published in 2007–2009. The series comprises The House of Power, Rivers of Fire and The Dark Planet. The trilogy follows the adventures of 11-year-old Edgar, and his two friends, Samuel and Isabel, as they explore the mysterious world of Atherton in which they live.

In The House of Power, The world of Atherton consists of three distinct, interconnected lands stacked atop each other like a layer cake. At the top are the Highlands, home to Atherton's rich and oppressive ruling class; the middle layer is the Flatlands, populated by Atherton's subservient working class; the bottom layer is The Wastelands where none dare venture, for the few that have done so have never been heard from again. The sheer cliffs that separate the three layers prevent anybody moving between them. But Edgar has a gift: he can climb the cliffs of Atherton. And Edgar may prove crucial to Atherton's fate, when catastrophic change strikes...

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Books in the series

  1. The House of Power
  2. Rivers of Fire
  3. The Dark Planet

Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 11+
  • Read Aloud Age: 10+

Adventure and peril. Otherwise clean.

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