Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums $5 Off Fire TV Stick Grocery pivdl pivdl pivdl  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Gear Up for Football Baby Sale
Buy Used
$4.33
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Book may have moderate creases and wear from reading. Item qualifies for ** FREE ** shipping and Amazon Prime programs!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Secret Life of Owen Skye Hardcover – October, 2002

2 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$89.16 $0.34
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast
Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship until they discover that there's only one drop of maple syrup left. Who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast. See more

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-With a zany style and deep insight into the secret lives of boys, Cumyn tells a series of connected stories about young Owen Skye and his two brothers, Andy and Leonard. Their adventures are, by turns, funny, frightening, and genuinely dangerous. All are fully engaging, although at times readers might wonder where reality stops and fantasy begins. Are there really aliens that can be contacted by radio from Dead Man's Hill? Does the Bog Man really suck out the juice from cattle? Is their archenemy the giant squid doing more evil deeds? But beyond the supernatural, Owen is bewildered by ordinary things, including his sudden attraction to Sylvia, which leads to a Valentine's Day fiasco and a visit to the dreaded principal. The boys have hilarious conversations about many subjects, including God: "Well, if God is everywhere, then he must be in toilet paper too! And cheese broccoli soup." Cumyn's prose is lively and liberally sprinkled with sparkling turns of phrase: "On that march home the cold slipped inside the boys' snowsuits and drained away all their heat like a plug had been pulled from the bathtub." The characters are fresh and genuinely fascinating, from Owen's clueless parents and his strange but wise Uncle Lorne, who lives in the dank basement, to kindly Nurse Debbie and others who enter the lives of these unruly siblings. This book is very funny, and it would be a splendid read-aloud or read-alone choice.
Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888995067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888995063
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,782,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
50%
4 star
50%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Black on December 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Author Alan Cumyn, in his debut writing for children, returns in "The Secret Life Of Owen Skye" to the theme of the 1980s when so many movies like "Stand By Me" nostalgically celebrated the charm of the antics and fantasies of boyhood. I applaud him for doing so--let no critic complain he has chosen overused material. It is a worthy one to celebrate and to give a fresh opportunity for today's children to find relish and bemusement.
Writing in the 3rd person--novel to me for this theme--Cumyn shares the story of three brothers of grade school age living in a snaringly appealing, rustic setting with an eccentric family. The"remembrances" are so quaint that as an adult you readily suspect Cumyn is at least sharing bits of his own boyhood with embellishment. But this author knows his audience. Keeping outside of the story allows him to be adept with minimizing description, word choice, and to focus instead on event. I judge his writing to begin to be accessible to children who are fluent at the 4th grade level. And the audience will easily include that stereotypical boy who prefers information over fiction--he'll devour the antics in this story hook, line, and sinker. Brothers like Owen are ones you want as your "buds."
Two features of Cumyn's writing show keen craftsmanship. One is that the brothers' perspectives of the world seem strikingly age appropriate. The other is that Cumyn constantly returns with a flashbacks to past episodes as a memory to revere with action in the present. In the last chapter, Cumin weaves a fast forward of the entire book, which together with tenderly bringing to conclusion Owen's infatuation for classmate Sylvia, leaves you smiling--wanting to shout, "YES!
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Pamela Livingston on February 25, 2015
Format: Paperback
Owen Skye is the kid you want your own kids to bring home. This is a rare book for boys which honors their feelings along with their adventures. Funny, honest, and easy to relate to for the third to fifth grade reader, poignant for the adult reader, this is a series that makes a wonderful gift.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?