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Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper (Simon Bloom (Hardcover)) Paperback – May 14, 2009
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His many jobs have included making smoothies, cashiering at a supermarket, washing tents, tutoring for the SATs, and spraying cologne (for one night-he got fired). He's also worked in the movie/ TV industry for Fox, Paramount, Tom Hanks, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, and he's currently a script/ book reader for Dreamworks Animation. After all that, he's happiest sitting in cafés and thinking up strange stories.
Michael currently lives in Los Angeles and doesn't have a dog. Yet. But he has several fish who have refused to comment. He's pleased to finally release the third book in his Simon Bloom series, THE ORDER OF CHAOS, and he hopes you'll be pleased, too. You can read more about him at www.michaelreisman.com (especially when he gets around to updating the site)(should be any day now)(seriously).
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Simon Bloom is an average eleven-year-old boy that dreams of being able to fly and instantaneously travel to the moon. But as a 6th-grader, he doesn't know anything about the laws of Physics. Nor has he ever noticed the woods at the end of Van Silas Way. And not just any woods. These woods have trees as big as the Redwoods, yet no one seems to notice them. Then one fateful day, with his new friend, Owen, the Breeze (yes, with a capital B) beckons Simon to the dead end Van Silas Way. Out of nowhere, Dunkerhoook Woods appears before the two of them. They venture into the magically charged woods and discover a clearing with wood stumps arranged in a circle. While exploring the clearing, a Book (again, with a capital B) falls, seemingly out of nowhere.
Enter the TEACHER'S EDITION OF PHYSICS. The Book belongs to the Keeper of the Order of Physics. Why has it fallen out of nowhere into Simon Bloom's hands? And what is Simon to do with it? Well, as any curious sixth grader would do, he opens it. And thus begins the adventures.
The previous owner of the Book has been injured in a mysterious car accident and the Order of Physics members are out to find the perpetrator of the crime and the missing Book. And a mysterious hooded person and their assistant are trying to find the Book for their own personal use.
Simon and his friends must figure out how to use the Book to protect themselves from those that mean to harm them just to get their hands on the Book.
The story starts out a bit confusing with all of the different characters and names of organizations. But once the plot begins to move along, it all comes together and is quite entertaining to the reader.Read more ›
After Harry Potter, I've grown a little tired of fantasy imitators (golden compass, etc). This book takes place in our day, in our time, and uses principles of real science to make it all go. I think it's a great addition to the young adult literature,
SIMON BLOOM, THE GRAVITY KEEPER is powered by an all-seeing Narrator who reports and comments for a Chronicle of events on behalf of a mysterious organization known only as the Union. This Union, we learn, possesses a series of Books that holds the secrets to manipulating the universe. The Union itself is split into various Orders that are responsible for overseeing the workings of Physics, Biology and other functions thought to be the machinations of nature.
From his hidden position, the Narrator introduces us to 11-year-old Simon Bloom, who, along with some friends, is lured into a mystic woods by a mischievous Breeze. It's there that Simon finds (well, he's hit on the head by) a teacher's edition of one of the Order's physics books. As he experiments with the book's formulae, he finds that the information within allows him to control gravity. But, of course, with this sort of power comes responsibilities that Simon can't even begin to imagine. Worse, the physics book Simon possesses is being sought by a traitor within the Union who has nefarious plans for the book's usage.Read more ›
The evil Sirabetta is able to control several different branches of science (magically) with various tattoos that seem to writhe all over her body. Of course, she is hoping to add the book of physics to her collection. Simon's two best friends, Owen and Alysha join him in trying to keep the magic book out of the hands of villains.
Owen has a rather annoying habit of speaking-so-quickly-that-all-of-his-sentences-are-rendered-in-dashes, and Alysha is a bit of an outsider at school who joins them in their expeditions to Dunkerhook Woods. Only towards the very last third of the book do Owen and Alysha start to come in to their own, gaining the power of velocity and electricity, respectively. In a way, I was disappointed to see Owen and Alysha lose their powers so quickly.
Plenty of inside-jokes seemed geared towards Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fans, which might go over the heads of the intended audience of 9 to 12-year-old boys. In many ways, Gravity Keeper reminded me of the Angie Sage's Septimus Heap books, but with a more scientific bent. An omniscient narrator, similar to one in The Series of Unfortunate Events provides comic relief. Fast-paced, inventive and fun, I'd recommend this new series to any budding science-fiction fan.
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This really was a really good book I mean I'm really excited to read the other two This book just really appealed me and my imaginationPublished 11 months ago by Janell Edwards
I purchased this book for my 14 year old grandson. From the day he received it (which was a school day), he started reading it and never put it down until he had finished reading,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jeffers1
Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper is the first in a series of pre-teen-level novels by author Michael Reisman. Read morePublished 23 months ago by MATTHEW B BRISCH
It was a very good book because it had scientific magic which was really cool and it was also super funny! You should definitely get it!Published on February 10, 2014 by chrisfrom
This book was amazing to read and was the perfect combination of real science and science fiction. I would recommend the who trilogy to new and old readersPublished on January 21, 2014 by Rakesh Gupta
My 12yo son says, "Best book in this genre. It's full of action, never slows down, & best of all--it's HILARIOUSLY funny! Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Aubrey Lively
My daughter could not stop talking and raving about this book. She absolutely enjoyed reading it. I would recommend this book.Published on June 24, 2013 by Jaclyn V.