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ISBN: 9781457505096
220 pages

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About the Book

Press Release

2011 – New Novel Puts Magical Spin on Adventure Tale

Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger

is released by author Paul Maguire

Centuries ago, an old wizard surveyed rubble that was once a thriving village, filled with the bustle of commerce and laughing children. Conflict brought the citizenry and buildings to a violent end, and the wizard curses that unfortunate result, imparting the last dregs of his magic to a dagger. He hopes someone with brains and courage will find the dagger deep within the earth and save the village from ruin. Flash forward hundreds of years later, and Professor Fielding Atlas has organized a quest for the Summoning Dagger of Mercastus. He’s joined by two boys, whose skill and teamwork help them win a contest to join the renowned explorer – their first adventure together.

Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger follows the journey of the professor and the seventh-graders, beginning at the presumed site of a medieval castle in England. The long-lost Summoning Dagger has been missing for generations, kept alive through an often-repeated legend. Professor Atlas and the boys soon gain unwelcome company while pursuing the dagger’s hiding place. Their quest exposes them to unexpected locations and dangerous situations, and they must use their wit and wiles to foil an evil plot and escape with their lives.

Author Paul Maguire worked at the New York Stock Exchange for more than two decades before deciding to pursue writing, a lifelong dream. Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger is Maguire’s first book, one in a planned series of adventures featuring Professor Atlas, Tyler and Brandon.

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Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger
Paul Maguire
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-145750-509-6
220 pages

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In 1342, an old wizard stands atop a pile of rubble that was once a bustling village, complete with happy citizens, a vibrant marketplace, and a mighty castle. Cursing the conflict that brought this civilization to an untimely end, the old wizard bestows his last bit of magic on a spectacular dagger. He buries the dagger deep within the earth, praying that one day it will be found by somebody brave enough, and smart enough, to save the village from ruin.

Centuries later, Tyler Gerard and his best friend Brandon Giles enter a contest, the prize for which is the opportunity to join legendary explorer Professor Fielding Atlas on his quest to find the Summoning Dagger of Mercastus. Although both boys have the full and active imaginations that are typical of seventh graders, nothing will prepare them for the incredible adventure that lies ahead…

Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger will plunge you into a long-forgotten world and then make you feel at home, with a colorful cast of benevolent noblemen, plotting traitors, an obnoxious jester, and a teenaged girl who is as sharply insightful as she is handy with a crossbow. Professor Atlas, with his extensive academic knowledge and his impressive resourcefulness, serves as the perfect guide who will steer you through all of the perils and pitfalls.

Join Tyler and Brandon as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Starting out as two ordinary seventh-graders with a shared admiration for a clever, yet thoughtful and considerate role model, they eventually learn that the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. In order to save the village of Hallswich, though, they must successfully navigate a strange world filled with thuggish henchmen, scheming evildoers, and one seemingly vicious knight.

Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger is a thrill ride that never disappoints. It is a story of friendship, loyalty, and honesty, with danger lurking behind every corner, and a whole lot of fun every step of the way.