- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Blue Works; 1st edition (November 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590922263
- ISBN-13: 978-1590922262
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,817,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awakening Curry Buckle Paperback – November 28, 2005
Mysticism and mystery battle with family and burgeoning friendships…the book will draw readers in with its multifaceted, suspenseful plot and quirky characters. --Kim Carter, Voice of Youth Advocates, February 2006
…vivid, quirky characters, spot-on dialogue, and laugh out loud humor… --Anjali Banerjee, author of Maya Running and Imaginary Men
Teachers and school librarians are clamoring for books both compelling and thematically rich. My class and I are beating the drum enthusiastically for Awakening Curry Buckle. --Tamara Stone, educator, N. Kitsap School District
From the Publisher
Not since Way of the Peaceful Warrior has a story been told with such adventure and suspense, together with the power to enlarge the reader's understanding of life. Awakening Curry Buckle is a compelling, moving, and hilarious novel to be read and discussed by teens, parents, and teachers.
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Remember when the notion of buried treasure, dangerous midnight rendezvous, hexes, spells, murder and magic stirred your blood and set your heart racing? Toss in a few belly laughs, set the stage in the Pacific Northwest, and in Awakening Curry Buckle, you get all that and more. Donnelly's crisp, lean prose is the perfect vehicle for his razor sharp wit and flannel-shirted savoir faire, and his sense of the absurd delights and surprises at every turn.
Pick up a copy of Awakening Curry Buckle for your niece or nephew, and then throw a second in the bag for yourself.
Author, Cousins of Color
Michael Donnelly invites the reader into a slice of the life of a teenager thrust into unusual circumstance. This story will readily translate to screenplay similar in genre to "My Girl", "Stand By Me", "Holes", and many other fantastic films based on expertly crafted books. And like those stories, a rating of "PG" can't stop adults from enjoying it too.
Whether you remember secondary school or are living it now, you will relate to Donnelly's tale. "Awakening Curry Buckle" is about many things, not the least of which is finding your place in the world. Darwin is a teen who has lived all over. His family now owns the local paper on Kluge Island in Washington State, but they have moved from place to place throughout his life leaving him to adjust with every change. Trying to fit in means trying to survive in a school filled with cliques and bullies. But through a course of events, Darwin is drawn to one of the more odd kids in his class, Curry Buckle.
The unlikely friendship between Darwin and Curry grows throughout the story as they share an adventure in discovery. A legend of treasure is at the heart of the story. Curry's ancestor has hidden it somewhere on family property. But that is just the start of mystery for the pair. Curry is evolving into a mystical being who can predict future events and find lost cats and Darwin knows his potential is great. Those around Curry want to exploit his gifts for personal gain, but greed begets tragedy when karma is involved. A murder enters the story and the boys' direction is split yet again. While battling unbelieving adults, misguided parents, greedy authority figures, and bullies bent on revenge, Curry and Darwin discover each other, who they are, and what they want to become.
With short chapters, perfect for the bedside table, "Awakening Curry Buckle" is a story I looked forward to reading each night. The writing is fast and interesting as you ride along on Darwin's bike through each scene filled with action and mystery. The story is compelling as it is many tales in one, intertwined but separate. The characters are from Anytown, USA, believable because you grew up with people just like them. An adventure you'll treasure, Michael Donnelly has created a gem in "Awakening Curry Buckle".
This is a fantastic book that you won't want to put down till your done.
Geared to young adults, this book may be most appreciated by we who have kicked around on this world long enough to know some qualities select folk possess defy rational explanation.
Curry Buckle, likely the reincarnation of an Asian swami, in his everyday incarnation appears to be a humble, bumbling teen-ager. He's part of an eccentric family named for containers on a spice rack, and many of them help season the fictive stew.
Yet, when Curry falls into a trance while repeating an incantation and Darwin beats a magic drum, inexplicable wonders occur.
Fun from first page to last, you will deeply resent having to put it down to tend daily chores. One who climbs aboard Curry's train will enjoy the ride, the riders and the peculiar sights seen along the way þu including death, hidden treasure, family secrets and strange history.
Byron L. Sacre