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About the Author
- Publication Date : September 3, 2014
- File Size : 1033 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 128 pages
- Publisher : Stick Raven; 1st Edition (September 3, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00NB7VJ90
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,196,793 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But I like the way he's brought up short and develops a friend.
(frankly, don't you hate mysteries that are impossible to figure out?)
Overall - I liked this book and look forward to the next in the series.
The narrator is a young teen with some unspecified disease which is terminal, leaves him in a wheelchair, and leads to increasing immobility. The author used to work with disabled people and this shows in his treatment of this character (Tony). His disability is serious but the author is not precious in his treatment of him. Tony is rude and condescending. I found myself being annoyed by him - not a likable character. All of the characters in this book are interesting and their conversation are witty and realistic. I found myself laughing out loud over their clever and snarky words. Tony's disability fades into the background when he is talking and I very much applaud the author for making Tony into someone real - not a saint in a wheelchair.
I did have some negatives about the character development. For instance, Hawes (the caretaker) ileaves me feeling confused. What is the mystery in his past? What has brought him to Tony? Why does he stay with Tony? This was not explained well. Tony is unpleasant and rude. For some reason we are expected to believe that they have formed a bond (over a few pages) and this motivates Hawes to stay with Tony and help him. This didn't feel real - there seemed to be no motivation behind his actions.
Also, the other characters are not well explained. What is going on with his mother? What is the story with Tu (groundskeeper and henchman for Tony's mom)? What is the motivation behind the lawyers viciousness? I wish there had been some clues (all mystery readers need clues). We are introduced to Juni (his online friend) at the beginning of the book but don't meet her until the final short chapter. This felt pointless. Yes, I understand that there will be more books - mysteries will be solved and characters revealed. However, I think this book would,have been better served if the author had established his characters and their motivations with more firmness. Instead of being tantalized by the mysteries, I was only left feeling uninvolved in the characters.
The plot makes accommodations for but is not defined by Tony's disability. Obviously when someone is that ill, with such serious disabilities, it affects their mobility and their interactions (going over rocky ground, being away from home base and needing a mobile oxygen tank, eating a piece of cake in front of friends without being embarrassed).. Tony's disease is ever present but so is the workings of his impressive brain as they tackle a mystery (the main plot of the story). It was an engaging storyline - a fully developed mystery that left me eager for more.
In conclusion - this story has more going for it than against. I look forward to the next book for the mystery and, hopefully, for more satisfactory character development.
Thanks for giving me a chance to be an Advance a Reader for this book!
My overall impressions of this book was that it is cute for the target age group.
Tony Pandy, the main character, is a bit selfish, self absorbed, sarcastic, mean and a bit on the jerk side. As the story develops, Tony also develops. At first, Tony's behavior frustrated me. But as the story unfolds and you see how sad of a life Tony truly has, it makes sense. Tony is really sick, wheel chair bound, and not many years left of life left.
Tony's "father" died and Tony did not want to go to the funeral. In fact, Tony never went outside. Even if he wanted to, he couldn't get down the stairs in his wheelchair because there was no wheel chair ramp in the house. Further, it had been years since Tony even saw his own mother. They communicated via intercom in the house.
My favorite character was Hawes. I was so sad when Hawes was fired. I am curious about his background though...but Hawes showed Tony that not everyone is in his life for the money. Hawes genuinely wants to help Tony. How did Tony repay Hawes? Tony tricked Hawes into believing Tony's mother approved of an outing. The end result? Tony's oxygen tank depleted and he ended up in the hospital.
This story really is an underdog story. There isn't ever really a slow moment. There is a lot of growth, a lot of "mysteries" to be solved and gaining a life worth staying alive for.
My one issue is that I felt it just kind of ended. I believe this is a series book? If not, the ending left me wanting. I am okay with happy endings, or bad endings that I didn't want to happen, I just need an ending! I am curious about what Assignment Two is and am looking forward to reading when it is released! Aside from being asked for my honest review of the book, even though Mr. Lundqvist's grass needs mowed, he really needs to finish Gang of Sleuths. The grass can be mowed later!
If you have middle grade kids, this is definitely a fun little read.