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The Book of Nonsense (Sacred Books 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Michael Slater
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Book Description

It was blackened, cracked, battered and gashed, not to mention full of utter nonsense. So why did that creepy old book buyer seem so desperate for it? And how did he make Dex and Daphna's father hand it over so easily? Is he some sort of hypnotist? And now his giant, red-eyed freak-of-an-assistant is stalking the twins all over the neighborhood. Daphna and Dexter Wax can't stand each other, but they'll have to work together to learn the truth about the Book of Nonsense--before their lives come apart completely.

Editorial Reviews


WITH HIS FIRST FORAY into young-adult fiction, Beaverton middle-school teacher David Michael Slater demonstrates genuine flair for the genre, and manages to avoid enough familiar YA fantasy tropes in THE BOOK OF NONSENSE (CBAY Publishing) to make it a respectable addition to any 12-year-old escapist s library. Slater s story follows the exploits of twin siblings Dexter and Daphne, who must decipher a thousand-year-old book of sorcery in order to save themselves and apparently the rest of the world from malevolent forces. Original touches lie not in Slater s plotline (heroes triumph, lessons are learned, and everyone makes it home before suppertime), but in his flawed and realistic protagonists: a pants-wetting, dyslexic boy and his shy, bookwormish sister....If your kids have already ripped through the Harry Potter series, The Golden Compass, and The Spiderwick Chronicles, then spending some time with the reluctant adventurers in The Book of Nonsense is most definitely a good idea. --Ben Hogan, Portland Monthly, September 2008

From the Author

The Sacred Books Series will be republished/repackaged starting in the fall of 2015 as The Forbidden Books Series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CBAY Books; 1 edition (March 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4WB9G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight plot with numerous twists and surprises October 29, 2008
David Michael Slater's Sacred Books series is likely to be the next to reach Harry Potter notoriety. The intricate storyline of the first book in the young adult series is filled with twists and turns that will stimulate young minds from the outset. It weaves magic and mystery into a tightly packed plot.

We first meet Slater's adolescent protagonists, twins Daphna and Dexter, as they while away the summer months, preparing for their thirteenth birthday. Daphna, the book worm of the pair, has discovered a rare used book store, called the Antiquarian Book Center, to occupy her time. She's eager to share it with her book scout father, who can surely appreciate the magnitude of her discovery. As she guides him down the aisles of books on magic and the occult, she encounters some frightening revelations about the proprietors of the dusty shop.

Daphna's father has a book he wishes to sell to the owner, Asterius Rash, but what he doesn't realize is that he's just given the old man an important tool to add to his arsenal of world domination. What Daphna originally believed to be a book of nonsense is actually written in an ancient language that bestows the reader with amazing power. The problem is, the book's been enchanted to prevent Rash from being able to read it. Consider the fact that he's also blind, and he's going to need the services of someone connected to the book's history to decipher the spells. Daphna and Dexter unknowingly fit the bill.

Daphna and Dexter are two resourceful teens, as they soon find out. It seems everyone around them is hiding something, and they're going to have to put the pieces together and solve the mystery while saving their own lives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling October 14, 2008
An absolutely delightful read!!! I was swept away into a world of wonder, mystery and danger as I followed Daphna and Dexter trying to navigate a suddenly perilous world. Daphna and Dexter are fraternal twins whose personalities are as different as their physical appearance. Whereas Daphna is a bookworm and fancies herself to be very social even if not necessarily popular, Dexter is somewhat of an outcast both at home and in school. A day before the twins turn thirteen, their father returns from a book buying trip in Turkey(he is a book scout) with a very strange book. The book is frayed and damaged on the outside, with the inside seeming to contain a jumble of words that have no meaning or order.

Daphna persuades her father that he would probably be able to offload this weird book at the new bookstore that was opened a few months back during his absence. She is horrified when she watches her father get hypnotized by the creepy shop keeper who takes the book away from him and tries to exact further payment in the form of Daphna going to work for him. Daphna sets out on a quest to reclaim the book and save herself, finding a surprising ally in her brother Dexter. So begins a very wild ride through town as the twins try to outsmart the villain and his minion.

This book is excellent in capturing the personalities of its characters and displaying them in a realistic way that rings true. Daphna and Dexter's relationship is a perfect picture of sibling rivalry and petty jealousies. Each has a tendency to misunderstand even the best intentions of the other. I also thought it was very interesting the way that the author was able to show the attitude of youth to the aged without it being disrespectful or untrue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too October 16, 2008
Words have power! Every writer and reader knows this and that is why they surround themselves with words.

Daphna and Dexter are twelve-year-old twins. On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, all heck breaks loose.

Daphna has found an interesting bookstore the summer that her father has been gone looking for rare books. Their mother is dead. When she brings her father to that bookshop strange things start to happen. The owner, a wizened old blind man, has affected her father, and her father has promised the owner that Daphna will work for him starting the next day, her birthday.

Dexter, who doesn't like his sister, follows Daphna to the bookshop and figures out that the old man is hypnotizing her. Daphna and Dexter then have to figure out together the mystery and save both of their lives.

I enjoyed this story and will be waiting to read the next one. Daphna and Dexter are well-written and easy to root for.

I really enjoyed the fact that the author has written about dyslexia. My oldest daughter has light dyslexia, which is how the author described Dexter's condition. Words move on the page and fall off. Many people are ignorant about this disorder. They believe that if you are dyslexic then you only see letters and numbers backwards. My daughter's dyslexia is hard to treat, and even though she wears glasses that seem to keep the letters on the page, she has had a hard time catching up with her peers because of very ignorant teachers and administrators. So thank you, Mr. Slater, for bringing that disorder to the surface.

I will definitely be looking forward to the next installment of the SACRED BOOKS series.

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It had a lot of fun for your kids a little scary ,but cool I recommend...
5 star
It is about 4 or 5 grade
You will absolutely love it
Kids will love it
enjoy it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by NevadaPrepper
4.0 out of 5 stars it was fun to read and left me wanting to read more ...
A very entertaining story, although it seems to meander at times. Overall, it was fun to read and left me wanting to read more about the twins and their adventures.
Published 3 months ago by Marc Picker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my son and I really enjoy reading this book at bedtime.
Published 3 months ago by Angel In A Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and interesting plot line for Middle Grade Fiction
This book grabbed my attention from the start! An excellent and interesting plot line for Middle Grade Fiction. Can't wait to read the next one.
Published 4 months ago by J. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
When I started this book I thought it was a poem book.No.This book is about mystery,sorcery,talent,and I have to tell you ,you need to be observant for some of these things to make... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Luerssen
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Premise
Thoroughly enjoyable quick read. I was pretty much hating one of the heros for a long time (and not liking the other one at times), but that was sort of the idea. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. R. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Author!
I grew up with David and it is so nice to see how he has become such an accomplished author. So proud of him.
Published 8 months ago by sugar fairy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book!
Every night I read to my 8 year old son. Here is what he said 'it was cool and had a good theme to it. It was great and magical. It had a good feel to it''
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
As I read the suspense kept building up which is what I like in a book. My brother always speaks his own kinda language so I bought this thinking it would be like a gibberish... Read more
Published 9 months ago by mom2chelseandjack
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Meh.
"The Book of Nonsense" was recommended to me by a friend of the author. Personally, I found it very predictable, fairly cliche, and not written that well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miriam Y. Katz
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David Michael Slater is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, teens, and adults. David was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He teaches middle school in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son.

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