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Come Fall [Kindle Edition]

A.C.E. Bauer
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Book Description

Lu Zimmer's best friend moved away last summer. Salman Page is the new kid in school. Blos Pease takes everything literally. Three kids who are on the fringe of the middle school social order find each other and warily begin to bond, but suddenly things start going wrong. Salman becomes the object of the school bully's torment, and Lu's pregnant mother has some unexpected complications. Is something conspiring against them?

In fact, through no fault of their own, Salman and Lu have become pawns in a game of jealous one-upmanship between Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of Faery, with the mischievous Puck trying to keep the peace.

Taken from Titania's mention of a foundling in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, A. C. E. Bauer spins an original tale about magical intervention in the least magical of settings: a public middle school.


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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Salman, an orphan in his umpteenth foster home, has an uncertain life with an abusive man who does not want him around. Lu, a shy girl who is lonely since her best friend moved, feels lost at times with all the changes. Blos, one who sees things differently, puts people into two categories: those who avoid him and those who make fun of him. These young people discover the true meaning of friendship when they are thrown together at Riverfalls Junior High, where an unlikely bond occurs under the worst of circumstances. This tale is told from a variety of perspectives, including Puck, from the faerie realm. The story flows well, though readers may wonder why the faeries are muddling in the characters' lives, and it is not explained until the acknowledgments at the end. The characters are well developed, authentic, and have distinct voices. The friendships they build are believable, as are the problems they face. Even Lu, who has a great family, has social issues that are easy to relate to. The book turns out to be a pleasant account of making new friends and what it takes to be one, regardless of what others think. Students who enjoy realistic fiction with a touch of fantasy will enjoy this story with a feel-good ending.Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL
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In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a fairy queen and king quarrel over an Indian changeling. Although the boy speaks no lines and never appears in the stage directions, Bauer wondered what happened to him. The result is this touching blend of realism and fantasy when South Asian Salman Page, who’s been in and out of foster homes and has an uncanny ability to communicate with crows, enters seventh grade at his eleventh school. Always on the move, Salman has trouble making new friends, as do his designated buddy Lu Zimmer and their fellow classmate with Asperger’s-like qualities, Blos Pease. Added to the mix is fairy servant Puck, who gathers information on the foundling from his crow spy. Their alternating viewpoints reveal how the tweens cope with such dilemmas as unfit foster parents and the school bully, form a mutual respect amid their differences, and gain self-confidence. Weaving in magic, dreams, doubles, contrasts, and other elements from the original play, Bauer spins an enticing variant. Grades 4-7. --Angela Leeper

Product Details

  • File Size: 240 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375858253
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4BEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Answering a Shakespearean puzzle September 19, 2010
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In A Midsummer Night's Dream, the big dust-up between Titania and Oberon that undergirds the plot was over the queen's favoritism for a little human page-boy from India - but in the play the page-boy never appears on stage, nor is he listed in the cast of characters. Whatever did happen to him? According to Bauer he was transported to the future and the US - I get the impression Connecticut, but I suppose mostly because he says he's from Bridgeport, and the one in CT is the biggest one in the US - and placed with their Department of Family Services, where he shuttled from foster home to foster home until at age 15 he's starting 7th grade at Springfalls Junior High, under the name of Salman Page. He's currently living with a couple, Ozzy and Tina, in a trailer, and Ozzy doesn't like him at all. He's smart enough; he's behind in school because what with changing homes 3-4 times a year he just didn't complete enough schooling to get promoted a couple of times. Springfalls Jr. High has a system where each new 7th grader gets an 8th grader assigned as "designated buddy," who's responsible for seeing the newbies understand how the school works and helping them out as needed. Salman's is Lu-Ellen Zimmer, whose own d.b. the previous year was also d.b. to a rather strange boy named Blos Pease. The three of them - Salman, Lu, and Blos - become friends, and are picked on by a lot of the other kids at the school, though it appears that some of that was instigated by Puck, who turns up as first-person narrator of a number of short chapters through the book. (Well, all the chapters are short, but Puck's are even shorter than the ones from the third-person POVs of Salman, Lu, or Blos. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Story December 9, 2011
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I read this book with my 9 y/o son. The story is honest and interesting with a number of plot lines. All in all very enjoyable. The one thing I would point out is that the main characters are all in middle school with middle school concerns and language. Don't be shocked by the rare but modestly colorful language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit baffling, but fun August 6, 2010
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Lu Zimmer, Bos Pease, and Salman Page are not your typical middle schoolers. They are all truly unique and memorable characters in A. C. E. Bauer's newest novel. This is a great story - well most of it is. I must admit that I didn't quite get it, which is very disappointing since I found Bauer's earlier work No Castles Here to be truly outstanding.

The characters sucked me right into this story from the very first page. Salman Page is an orphan, or as we later come to find out, a changeling. Lu is missing her best friend who just moved away, and Bos is a literal minded young man who exists somewhere on the autism spectrum. These characters are all very well drawn, and its their friendship that makes this story work. This is a story about fitting in when your'e different, what makes a true friend, and getting to know yourself and what is important to you. On this level, the author works magic. I loved all of these kids and was so eager for them to succeed. Any young reader will see a bit of themselves in these three and will empathize with their problems and celebrate their triumphs.

What I just didn't get was the other story going on here at the same time. Every couple of chapters or so, we hear from Puck. Yes, that Puck from Midsummer Nights Dream. Salman has drawn the interest of the faery queen, and as it turns out, she has been keeping an eye on him all these years, and now he is in the middle of an argument between the King and the Queen, who are now spending a lot of time debating whether to interfere in the lives of our three heroes. Puck ends up sticking his hoof in, but only peripherally. The real world and the world of faery never really intersect. The kids never know they were of any interest to anyone in the faery world.
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