Dickensen Academy Kindle Edition
|Length: 350 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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|Age Level: 11 - 16|
|Grade Level: 6 - 10|
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"Grabowski writes in an engaging prose that summons Autumn's excitement and anxiety while also deftly building the tensions surrounding the school's mysteries...Autumn and her fellow students are well-developed and likable, and their interpersonal dynamics drive the plot in a way that feels effortless...the dream-making process--and Autumn's successes and failures with it--provides a surprisingly apt metaphor for the concerns and desires of a teen. Rather than skating on the otherworldliness of the premise, Grabowski digs toward some relatable truths that her young readers will likely appreciate. She also avoids some of the more predictable tropes of the genre. Whether it's a standalone or the first installment of a series, the book manages to satisfy and succeed." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The setting of the story was described so well you felt like you were there with Autumn and her friends during their dream classes and around campus." -- A. Stout, Reader Views Kids
From the Author
- Publication Date : September 12, 2018
- File Size : 2665 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 350 pages
- Publisher : The WIld Rose Press, Inc (September 12, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07G71747S
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
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- #28,804 in Children's Fantasy & Magic Books
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We meet main character Autumn Mattison as she arrives at Dickenson Academy, a boarding school in the Cascade Mountains, to begin her freshman year alongside the most creative teens from the Western half of the United States. Living away from home for the first time, lacking self-confidence and unsure of her decision to leave behind her friends and life in Seattle, Autumn is determined to break out of her shell, and out from under her father’s scrutiny, to reinvent herself.
Over the course of her first days at school, Autumn has a series of unsettling déjà vu moments, and along with her new band of friends, begins to suspect the school is hiding something big. These suspicions are confirmed later in the year and Autumn finds herself in a remarkable situation full of unimaginable possibilities. Her determination is tested when she struggles with mastering the skills necessary to pass the academy’s core class and meet her father’s high expectations.
When a horrible tragedy back home interrupts her pursuit of her dreams, Autumn returns to Seattle unsure if she will be able to return to, or even wants to go back to Dickenson Academy.
This novel captures the imagination and challenges the reader to think differently about her perception of how life’s situations happen and who/what is involved with their unfolding. The characters will resonate with middle-school students and teens about to embark on high-school; and it will bring back memories of those long past that life stage. Readers who enjoy coming of age novels, mystery, science-fiction and/or magical themed series will find this book engaging and leave them thinking about the nature of dreams and who/what controls their destiny. Great first novel with potential for several more books in the series!
I know I will recommend this book to other parents looking for a good jump start into Young Adult fiction for their kids and look forward to the possibility of other books following Autumn through her years at Dickensen Academy. I want to know where the cool school secret (I'm not telling what it is) will lead (both good and bad) and how Autumn will adapt as she learns more and more about her special skill set.