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The Librarian (Book One: Little Boy Lost) [Kindle Edition]

Eric Hobbs
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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Book Description

READERS: Embark on a brand new adventure into the most beloved storybook lands of all time...

Wesley Bates thinks his life pretty much sucks. He's landed at the bottom of his school's popularity ladder, and bully Randy Stanford seems to be waiting around every corner.

The troubled teen thinks he's found a way to escape his real-world problems when he stumbles upon strange doorways in Astoria's local library that seem to lead into the extraordinary worlds from all his favorite books. Oz, Neverland, Wonderland -- they're all a reality with Wesley's new discovery. Wesley teams with best friend Taylor Williams to embark on a great adventure, both ready to leave the drama of middle school behind.

But the two kids quickly find themselves embroiled in a centuries-old battle for the library and the magic hiding within. Now, fighting alongside the eccentric old man who's vowed to protect the building's power, the pair must help ward off an attack by a shadowy group with a strange tie to Wesley's nemesis, forcing Wesley to face the fears he's been dodging... and one of the most terrifying bullies of all time!

PARENTS, TEACHERS and LIBRARIANS: Get your kids excited about the classics today!

Exclusive to Amazon's Kindle, The Librarian is a thrilling new series that provides kids an opportunity to experience the world’s most beloved fantasy novels in a brand new way – through the eyes of children just like them. But the fun doesn't stop there! Designed to inspire children to seek out these classic fantasy novels, Book One comes with a direct link to L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz so that your kids can immediately take an adventure of their own into the storybook land of Oz!

Product Details

  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R55ERM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic THRILL RIDE for Kids !! October 9, 2011
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Traveling to different worlds is nothing new in children's literature; it's a tried-and-true scenario sure to capture the interest of young readers. But reading The Librarian provides kids with an out-of-this-world adventure that feels fresh yet familiar.

Hobbs demonstrates his talent as a writer as he seamlessly weaves together a captivating story that mixes the adventure of Percy Jackson with the dark fantasy of Harry Potter -- not to mention a whole lot of Wizard of Oz.

This is going to be the next big kids' series!! My granddaughter loved it, and I can't recommend it enough!!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a series November 1, 2011
By Susan
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I really liked this book. It is a unique (to me, at least) take on children's stories. I really like Wesley, the main character, because he is so real. Any kid who has been bullied will be able to relate to him.

Good book, and I can't wait for the next in the series.

Edit--- I upgraded my rating from a 4 star to a 5 star after the author re-released the book as a clean version (and deleted the part of my review that concerned the language). As the language was the ONLY issue I had with the book, it definitely warrants the 5 star rating now. Thank you so much for listening to your readers!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for kids December 2, 2011
By Kribu
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I often wish Amazon allowed to use half-stars in the ratings - if I could, I'd have given the book three and half stars instead of three. As it is, I deliberated between three and four, but ultimately it just wasn't quite a four star read for me.

That said, I suspect that being a 30-something adult, I'm not in the target group for it; had I read the book as a ten-year-old, I'd probably have loved it. It's got a nice mix of realism and fantasy adventure, the main characters are not completely bland (and considering the length of this fairly short book, it would have been difficult to flesh them out more; I'd imagine that as this is the first book in what looks to be a planned series, the characters will have a chance to grow), there's some action as well as some more introspective moments, and the book ends at an exciting spot - which some readers will probably love and others, who are not as keen on cliffhangers, won't.

Also, I should say that the book was refreshingly well formatted for the Kindle - too often Kindle books, even from major publishers, come without such important little details such as chapter marks. I spotted a handful of typos and some missing quotes here and there, and a few instances of awkward phrasing, but it didn't distract me from reading.

My only complaint, and part of the reason why it didn't make four stars in the rating, has to do with a personal pet peeve: head-hopping. I admit that for all I know, the author intended it to be written in third person omniscient POV, which can be tricky to pull off well (and there isn't any fast rule that says POV switches should be kept strictly to scene or chapter changes, after all). That said, I've seen worse; at least the point of view changes, from what I can remember, didn't take place mid-paragraph.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing October 27, 2011
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If you loved "The Neverending Story" this book is for you. It captivates and leads us to wonder what's next. I received it free but it's one I'd willingly pay for to read the next books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! I Love It and Kids Love it! November 21, 2011
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Read this book to your kids! We've read to our kids every night since they could speak (or even before) They followed this book more closely and more enthusiastically than any book we've read. They are now 7 and 9 years old.

My kids followed every word. They can't wait for the next one. Mr. Hobbs has an exciting writing style.

This is the best book I've read at quick action story telling. (Including Lord of Rings, the Harry Potter series) I hope Mr. Hobbs, like J.K. Rowling, continues to develop as a writer and increases the depth and detail of his books as his readers age.

The author was responsive and took out the bad language (although I wish he would take out the two places where a character utters "Oh my God" and "Jesus")
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but next time skip the bad language October 30, 2011
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Story is quite good - makes you look forward to the next one - but there was no need for the bad language (four-letter words). They added nothing to the story and if young adult books are to encourage children to read, what is the point of also encouraging bad language???
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True adventure. May 26, 2013
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I enjoyed reading the librarian. It was a good adventure and teaches about friendship and ones self. As an adult, i dont normally read books made for younger readers. I do enjoy teen books. I found this enjoyable, kept me wanting more. Yes, i too, wanted to read more when book one ended. I am off to ge book two. I have been hooked, now i have to see what happens. I dont care what age you are, adventures are in every book, and almost every book is an adventure. Happy READing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Geezer review December 7, 2012
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As a grandpa I love to read kid books before I give them to my grandkids. This is a real winner - I love the interest in classic books and how it is likely to HOOK the reader into expanding their reading range to the oldies. When I was teaching junior highschool I got interesting in reading what my students were reading and started with the Harry Potter series. Since then I am convinced that this genre is a source of some real quality literature. The Librarian qualifies for my 5 star. starting book two now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for lovers of literature
Wesley Bates's is on a field trip to the local Astoria library which looked more like an ancient castle that was already built when the first pirate discovered it in 1802. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jenny Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure!
I enjoyed this story and I think any kid (or old fogie like me!) who loves reading will eat this up. These kids travel through a portal in a library to the land of Oz. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Karen
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Novella that ends with a Cliffhanger.
This is apparently the first installment of a continuing series written for Grade School readers. The proofreading is good and the language was not an issue, so it must have been... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be read after the wizard of oz
Perfect book for the young reader, with Neverland and The Wizard of Oz as back drop of this tale in the library. Beautifully written soon to be a classic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Encourages reading
Loved the story and have been encouraging my girls to read it as well. I am hoping that it encourages them to read the other books mentioned in it, also.
Published 1 month ago by HENmom
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it is ok,
Published 2 months ago by Leon Zhang
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
My kids really enjoyed reading this book. I think it could have been written with more care but it looks like we will try to the rest of the series.
Published 3 months ago by ATC
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Adventure Series For All Ages
I received a free copy of this book for my honest rating.I have long been an avid C.S. Lewis' The Narnia Chronicles fan. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ravenrowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more
Actually this was a really good read. It was well written and kept you interested. I didn't give it more stars due to all the grammatical errors. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia W.
4.0 out of 5 stars A tease
Quick read incorporating bits of classic children's literature. I hope it does find the intended audience and that the children take enough interest to read the original stories.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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