The Sea of the Dead: Classroom Guide + Contest

With this week’s publication of The Sea of the Dead, Barry Wolverton’s Chronicles of the Black Tulip is now a complete series. So today we have the updated and complete classroom guide for all three books. Plus, a look back on some students’ reactions to the series and one last chance for you to win the first two books in the series.

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(Download a copy of this PDF here!)

One of my teacher-friends has shared The Vanishing Island with her students – and they LOVED IT – and she’s excited to soon continue the series with them, so hopefully we’ll have more to share from them soon. But in case you missed their incredible reviews previously, here are a few highlights from what the kids had to say:


The Vanishing Island is one of the best books I’ve ever read it just leaves you wondering about what’s gonna happen. I never wanted to stop reading!

I recommend this book to anybody who likes action and adventure and can handle putting down a really good book.


The Vanishing Island is a mix of survival and excitement. Over vast oceans in ships and finally ended up on a unknown island. What will happen next…

I recommend The Vanishing Island to any person brave enough to venture over vast oceans in ships and fight menacing pirates. Do you dare to read The Vanishing Island?


I would recommend this book to all the people who like action and adventure books to read this book. This is the best book I have ever read. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!!


This book was very interesting with a mixture of gods and seas. I loved it ! Barry Wolverton is clearly a natural storyteller with the tales of a boy wanting the freedom to be at sea on a ship in search for treasure but is that treasure what he wants ? This book is one of my favorites of all time, I can’t wait for the next one.

I love their enthusiasm, and I can’t wait for these kids to see how the adventure ends.

See day 1’s post for all the rules and details.

Today’s code word: MAPMAKING

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The Vanishing Island

Does the Vanishing Island really exist? And if so, what treasure—or terrible secret—was hidden by its disappearance?

It’s 1599, the Age of Discovery in Europe. But for Bren Owen, growing up in the small town of Map on the coast of Britannia has meant anything but adventure. Enticed by the tales sailors have brought through Map’s port, and inspired by the arcane maps his father creates as a cartographer for the cruel and charismatic map mogul named Rand McNally, Bren is convinced that fame and fortune await him elsewhere. That is, until his repeated attempts to run away land him a punishment worse than death—cleaning up the town vomitorium.

It is there that Bren meets a dying sailor, who gives him a strange gift that hides a hidden message. Cracking the code could lead Bren to a fabled lost treasure that could change his life forever, and that of his widowed father. But to get there he will have to tie his fate to a mysterious Dutch admiral obsessed with a Chinese legend about an island that long ago disappeared from any map.

Before long, Bren is in greater danger than he ever imagined, and will need the help of an unusual friend named Mouse to survive. Barry Wolverton’s thrilling adventure spans oceans and cultures, brings together the folklore of East and West, and proves that fortune is always a double-edged sword.

The Dragon’s Gate

An engrossing fantasy, a high-seas adventure, an alternate history epic—this is the richly imagined and gorgeously realized second book in acclaimed author Barry Wolverton’s Chronicles of the Black Tulip, perfect for fans of The Glass Sentence and the Books of Beginning series.

A magical white jade stone and a map inscribed in bone that may be the key to an even greater mystery—this is the treasure Bren and Mouse have found buried on the Vanishing Island.

Mouse is determined to follow the map to a place called the Dragon’s Gate, convinced it will explain who she really is and the powers she possesses. Bren has had enough adventure for one lifetime and would like nothing more than to return to his father in Map. But nothing goes according to plan when the survivors of the Albatross are rescued by Lady Jean Barrett, a charismatic archaeologist with a sense of destiny.

Barrett is on a quest for the Eight Immortals, ancient artifacts she believes are buried in the tomb of China’s first emperor—the location of which has been hidden for nearly two thousand years. The only way for Bren, Mouse, and Barrett to all get what they want is to work together on a dangerous journey into the heart of China, a kingdom long closed to outsiders, where the greatest secrets about Mouse and Bren are waiting to be unveiled.

The Sea of the Dead

An engrossing fantasy, a high-seas adventure, an alternate history epic—this is the richly imagined and gorgeously realized third book in acclaimed author Barry Wolverton’s Chronicles of the Black Tulip, perfect for fans of The Glass Sentence and the Books of Beginning series.

After the harrowing and life-changing events at the Dragon’s Gate, Bren wants nothing more than to make his way back to England. Finding the answers to the great mysteries he’d been chasing only found him questioning why he’d ever pursued them in the first place, and now he’s lost his best friend, forever. There’s nothing left for him but to return home and hope his father hasn’t given up on him.

But just because Bren is done with adventure does not mean adventure is done with him. On his way to escape from China, Bren is gifted a rare artifact, with a connection to a place no one has set foot upon. Soon he’s fallen in with a mysterious Indian noblewoman bent on discovering an ancient power and leading her country against colonial rule.

The only way home, it seems, is through helping her—and as Bren wonders what she’s willing to sacrifice in order to return home a hero, he must ask himself the same questions.

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