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The Librarian (Book Two: Unhappily Ever After) [Kindle Edition]

Eric Hobbs
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Book Description

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

Yesterday, Taylor and Wes turned a boring field trip to their local library into a grand adventure when they found a mysterious portal leading into the fabled Land of Oz.

But that was yesterday.

Today they've learned their actions have had grave consequences. Not only did they alter the Oz mythos, but their deeds may have had unexplained repercussions in the real world as well. Taylor's returned home to find she's living a life that isn't her own. Nothing's as she left it. Her normally warm father has become cold and distant. Her grades have fallen overnight. Teachers who once saw her as their favorite student, now consider her their most problematic pupil. Only Wesley remembers Taylor as she truly is, and together, he and Tay return to Oz hoping they can undo the damage and restore both worlds to the way they were.

But the children quickly find they're in way over their heads. Not only has the Wicked Witch taken control of Oz, but Douglas Stanford has stayed behind to build a small army of storybook villains to help him obtain the magic hidden within Astoria's library. The librarian's returned to stop him, but the old man may need the children's help as the fate of every known world hangs in the balance.

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 Two comes with a direct link to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland so that your kids can prepare for the next volume by taking an adventure of their own.

Product Details

  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TI4M22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,774 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Writer. Couple of Suggestions. September 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Anyway, I have been reading this book (Librarian part 1 and 2) to my kids 7 and 9. They love it! It is very well written and Mr. Hobbs is really good at writing fast-paced action (Perhaps from his comic strip background)

I would have given it 5 stars except for two overly graphic parts (they are very short and can be skipped if a parent is reading) The two graphic sections are:

1) The attack on the Wheelers was way too descriptive. Without any comments of my own, my daughter mentioned this troubled her more than a week later! (For parents reading, skip a sentence or two)

2) The attack on the archer is also too descriptive.(For parents reading, skip one sentence)

As you can probably tell, I did not skip the full-detail but wish I had! (Dad didn't know it would be so troubling to 7 and 9 year olds...) These overly descriptive parts should be removed to be appropriate for this book's younger audience.

One final suggestion: I would also suggest that the Epilogue should include a brief description of Oz's return including a summary of what happened to: The Tinman (Was he rejoined to his maiden?), The Lion (Did he discover his bravery?), The Scarecrow (Did he appreciate how his decisions saved OZ..again), etc. This way, the story can still be a cliffhanger but at least there is satisfaction of wrapping up one part of the story with a happy ending.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly violent March 18, 2013
By Alisan
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has potential in its unusual story line. However, I will not give it to my children to read. I was put off by the brutality, betrayal and constant blaspheming. For example, in a fight someone stabs another person in the neck with an arrow and is sprayed with their blood. In another instance, a tree begs to be chopped down to die as all her tree daughters have been murdered by gnomes.
There is a lot of bloodshed and horror characters.
With the cliffhanger ending of these two books, although perhaps an effective marketing ploy, there is no sense of closure. The heroes' problems just seem to go from bad to worse. Maybe the author is trying to emulate Lemony Snickett.
As a book aimed at younger readers, I personally think it is too violent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to the very end January 7, 2013
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This book had me on edge the entire time I was reading it. I highly recommend it for everyone in grade school and middle school and possibly parents. Both books so far have been utterly fascinating and full of adventure. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery or adventure in a book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !! Absolutely Fabulous ! August 9, 2012
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All too often, the second book of a series can be disappointing. That is certainly NOT the case with The Librarian Book 2! While I totally enjoyed the first book, Librarian 2 has taken a huge leap forward. Not only has the story grown in complexity, author Hobbs has continued to develop and enrich his story-telling and prose skills. As a result, the series is no longer just a series of nice middle grade books to share with your kids; it truly will be thoroughly enjoyed by people of all ages.

This is not your typical series for children. A good adventure story with lots of action, it's also filled with rich characters and subtle themes just ready to be explored further. The action kicks up in this volume, and it's written at a pace that keeps the pages turning. My granddaughter couldn't wait for the next chapter. . . and neither could I !!

The first book ended on cliffhanger, and L2 definitely delivered a resolution that was worth the wait. It's clear Hobbs has an ambitious story to unfold for his readers. Keep it coming! You've got fans, Mr. Hobbs!!!

I think it's also important to commend, and thank the author for making such an effort to get kids reading. Not only does he encourage them to read just by writing good stories - when he incorporates little-known elements of the classics they've only known as movies - he almost compels them to pick up the original Oz, Neverland, and Wonderland books. Between this and his Librarian Book Club, his efforts really are something to be commended. Well done, Mr. Hobbs. Well done.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...And the saga continues August 22, 2012
By Carol
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a copy of "The Librarian: Unhappily Ever After" by the author & asked to post an honest review, so here it is.

I must confess, at first I didn't care for this book as much as the first. The tone & feel of this second installment was such a drastic change from Book 1. The first had an innocent, awe-struck feel of excitement & adventureness to it. This story gave new meaning to (pardon the expression), "We're not in Kansas anymore." Going back to Oz to reverse the effects of their actions Wes & Tay embark on a quest that is far darker, more serious & definitely more complex than their first adventure. In short, these kids were thrust into situations where it wasn't fun & games anymore & the 'shiny newness' was long gone.

I very much enjoyed how the author pulls in elements from Oz, that are long forgotten; because they were omitted from the movie. The ante is suffiently upped as they travel along finding & facing desolation, death & despair in this new Oz. I hate giving plot summaries & try to avoid spoilers; but just want to say characters are given a broader stroke here & the layers of ideas & themes seems to make this book beyond a mere children's novel. There is plenty of action. It moves along at a good clip & once again his use of short chapters intensifies the urgency of their goal to reach the Wicked Witch.

While Oz seems to have a satisfying conclusion, we are launched into Neverland at the end with another cliff-hanger. And the saga continues...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and enjoyable
Ordered by accident, and had fun when I read it.
Published 4 days ago by Mary K. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars The Librarian concept is super clever and really resonates with the...
The Librarian concept is super clever and really resonates with the imaginative reader who is well-versed in the classic lit references *which both my kids are), for which it WOULD... Read more
Published 17 days ago by L. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Librarian Book Two
This is a great book! I can't wait for the next one! I would recommend this book for girls and boys ages 10-12!
By Elsa H.
Published 1 month ago by MH
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the book, can't wait to read the next.
Published 3 months ago by Rande Davila
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
a different ending to a story you have heard since you were a child. it was interesting and made you want to know what happens next.
Published 4 months ago by b.d
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure
"Unhappily Ever After" by Eric Hobbs is a fun adventure that will work for adults as well as for children. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Swagg
It was SWAGG! I loved it and can't wait for the # 3 book of the series! Mustaches and lollipops
Published 6 months ago by Ang
3.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed in spots
Maybe it was because it has been a while since I read the first book, but this one seemed to be disjointed in spots. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gyama
5.0 out of 5 stars Wesley and Taylor fight to save Oz!
Another wonderful adventure with Wesley and Taylor! On their return home after their first visit to Oz, Wesley and Taylor realize their lives seem a little bit off. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lisa A.
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Librarian" collection could become a classic
The second book from the "Librarian" collection will entertain you. Wesley and Taylor's adventure continue in Oz. You feel like reading the children's classics again.
Published 10 months ago by Dr Gogood
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