I really enjoyed The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens.
I had feared the novel might be similar to the Magic Tree House series or be written at a level that would not engage adults.
I am happy to say that my fears were unfounded.
While I feel the beginning of the novel started very cliche in the orphanages,once the children reach the lake at Cambridge Falls two or three chapters in, the story becomes very unique with many unexpected twists and many memorable characters. I even had a couple of laugh out loud moments while I listened to the audio book during my commute.
The audio book is a first class recording.
I look forward to listening to the next book in the series, The Fire Chronicle.
Amazon link to The Emerald Atlas