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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: namelos (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608981495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608981496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,743,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Cooper, 11, searches for treasures in his upstate New York town to sell at the antique store that he runs with his mom. Ever since his little brother, Tanner, died and his father left, his mother has been unable to do much except read books about antiques. Cooper acts as man of the house, but he still talks to his bike, his stuffed animals, and most inanimate objects. And they talk back to him. One day he uses a metal detector to explore his backyard, which abuts a state park commemorating the Battle of Newtown. He stumbles upon the battlefield itself with musket balls, cannons, and many other artifacts. Now the city wants to take over their land. He feels like his mother can't make the right decision, and he is determined that no one is going to take away his home. In the end, he realizes that the whole community is behind him and wants to preserve the history of the area as well as his home. This book is mostly description and would need a special kind of reader who is completely fascinated by this era in history or has a connection to the area. Details of the battle and the part that the Iroquois tribes played in the Revolutionary War are accurate and extensive. The characters, though, are unlikely to draw readers into the story. The end also becomes muddled since it is unclear if Cooper has supernatural talent or if the fantastical bits are all part of his imagination. An interesting look at the history of a community, but not for everyone.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Eleven-year-old Cooper and his mom are apparently living on the site of a significant 1779 Revolutionary War confrontation between the Americans and the British, as well as the redcoats’ Iroquois allies. When Cooper and his metal detector unearth treasures, including two cannons, it will take a whole town to protect them from the loss of their home. Cooper narrates his own coming-of-age story, which deals with a dysfunctional family situation (parental depression and the loss of a sibling) as much as it does treasure hunting, ghosts, and American history. Cooper himself is complex as well—though not always convincingly so—as he tells a rather literal tale that includes imaginary conversations with inanimate objects that have too-cute names like Mr. Maybox (mailbox) or Decto (a french fry–eating metal detector). There are also a couple of brushes with the “wise Indian” Native American stereotype as Cooper learns about his Iroquois heritage. Despite these issues, Cooper is oddly engaging, but this character-driven story may require a bit of hand-selling to find its true audience. Grades 4-7. --Cindy Welch

More About the Author

Adam Osterweil grew up in Plainview, NY. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Classics, and from Stony Brook University with a M.A. in Liberal Studies. He teaches junior high English at Springs School in Springs, New York. His hobbies include treasure hunting, video games, and collecting comic books. Visit for more information about Adam and his books.

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Meet Cooper – Cooper, who seems to support his depressed mom by heading out to garage sales and buying the pick of the crop and then selling his finds in their falling down barn next to their falling down house. Cooper, who is given a metal detector by an artist and then who discovers Revolutionary War musket balls, soldier’s buttons – cannons! in their patch of weeds.

But will Cooper’s discoveries mean the end of his life there with his mom as he knows it? Suddenly their property is threatened by a city park takeover – and Cooper begins to think that his love for discoveries – and the beautiful wildness of his imagination – have spelled doom for his life there.

This is a special book – full of Cooper’s imaginings and his delight in life itself – kids of all ages will relish this –and won’t be able to stop reading!
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By Valerie A. Baute on March 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
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Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector was a surprising read. I chose to read it based on the title alone, a personal connection with the name Cooper. It wasn't necessarily the best reason to pick a book, but I'm glad I did.

Cooper is a young boy that lives with his mother. They run an antique shop. They used to go to garage sales together to find items to sell in their shop. Now, Cooper does most of the work. He basically runs their home and business. Unfortunately, it is obvious pretty early on that Cooper wishes his mother would be more of a mom and less of a child. They are barely squeaking by. Cooper has to decide which bills to pay each month and see if there is any money left over for food. Thankfully he is able to work his way into garage sales early and get the best picks. One day, he meets a woman that gives him a metal detector. He decides to use it at home, and he uncovers some amazing things. Mr. Shepherd from the historical museum wants those items in the museum, but he also wants to help Cooper. Add in someone else coming and trying to take their land, and you have one nervous adventure of growth.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the fact that Cooper talks to things. He talks to his bicycle, his mop, his stuffed animal, Earth, and ghosts. Yes, this is a surprising ghost story. It absolutely works in this book though. It isn't a scary story with tons of ghosts walking around. It is actually very tastefully done. There is also a lot of history in this book. Cooper is discovering items from a battlefield from the Revolutionary War. I love historical fiction, but only if it is written in a way to keep my attention. Many historical fictions can get very wordy.
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