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How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People) Paperback – January 1, 2012
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Edda's turning twelve, unfortunately her big day is ruined when her happy and safe home is violated. Thieves not only took her gifts, they stole her security as well. When she meets the peculiar Michael Scot he offers her a way to be brave and safe with a little help from a golem.
Edda should know, always be careful what you wish for. When her wish does come true but is more hazardous than she imagined, Edda the mouse will have to employ her new found courage, make amends with her best friend, and enlist the help of her worst enemy to set things right.
I found the pacing slow throughout most of the book, while things did pick up at the end, the story wasn't as exciting as I would have liked to keep me interested, but I don't think that will deter the tome's intended audience. While I don't think the book was for me, it does have merits. The book has a solid foundation, the story lines were thought out and executed well. Plus there were plenty of positive underlying themes for young readers.
Edda the Mouse is turning thirteen, and her greatest birthday wish is to shed her demeaning nickname and become Edda the Brave. This is hard when she's moved around so often she's constantly the new girl, ruthlessly picked on by Euan, and worst of all, her family's house is broken into and robbed while her and her parents are out for her birthday dinner. Edda loses her presents, her stereo, but more than that she loses her sense of safety in her own home. When she meets the new kid at school, Michael Scot, he seems to present the opportunity Edda is looking for--a way to lose her fear. But could Michael Scot's plan to make a golem to protect Edda and her home be real?
I first heard about the wizard/alchemist Michael Scot when I recently read The Thirteen Hallows. I didn't love that book, but my favorite aspect of it was the folklore it presented, and Michael Scot was one of the people mentioned that I spent some time reading about. Thus, when I saw How to Make a Golem and Terrify People with its adorable cover and synopsis mentioning the famed alchemist himself, I knew I had to read it.
How to Make a Golem and Terrify People was a heartwarming book that presented some very real issues--dealing with fear, bullying, personal safety in one's home--in a magical way. Losing one's sense of safety at home is such an invasion, and this book reflected it well in both Edda and her mother's strong reactions to the act. Edda wants to feel safe again, but she also doesn't want to abandon the place that for the first time in her life is beginning to feel like home. For the first time Edda has a best friend, and even though she is picked on by the bully, Euan, she wants to stay.Read more ›
Edda is an easy kid with whom others can identify. Her nickname is 'mouse' and for good reason, she's practically afraid of her own shadow.
She experiences pure terror after her house is broken in to and her birthday students stolen. It's after this episode she meets an odd, eerie boy named Michael. "THE MICHAEL SCOT" only one "T". named after the famous alchemist from the 12th century. This michael is a very bizarre character, obsessed with alchemy and old world magic. He convinces Edda to face her fears by creating a Golem, a large 'earth man' who will protect her and her house from outside influence. She soon regrets her actions and the story ensues.
The characters of this book are incredibly likable. Despite her issues, Edda is a wonderful character. Kids who are small or bullied will relate to her. Euon is the bully who does a complete about face, his story is interesting and bullies and bullied alike will come to like, or at least understand him. Lucy is a great friend to Edda and sticks by her despite what she believes to be Edda's crazy beliefs.
This story is a great middle grade childrens book. Kids will love the Golem. Some scenes involve dead animals and may be a bit much for the tender of heart, but all in all, this is a great book. I give it 5/5 stars. Love the cover of the book. The monochromatic picture just adds to the mystery of the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the first time in her life, Edda has lived in the same place for over a year. She has a best friend...and a bully. Her life is normal, average and just what she desires. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Word Nerd
What a cute story! I requested a copy of this book on NetGalley, mainly because it's middle grade and has a catchy theme. I am SO GLAD I did. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by S. O'Donnell