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Here's why I rate it five stars:
1. For the person who likes treasure hunts, Amy's "find-it" quest makes for some very fun reading.
2. Contains many Christian ideals which makes it a good family book.
3. Great characters(I particularly enjoyed Lockley's creative cuss words).
4. I like the author's Flotsam concept.
The main character Amy feels lost or at least she's lost the most important things in her life. In the process of locating some things for her strange German guardian and helping others along the way, she ends up finding what was lost. She found herself by losing herself. I couldn't help but notice that theme, whether it was intentionally written in or not.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a unique adventure story.
I had low expectations because the book is free and the author is so young, but this was a very happy find.
Great light reading for children about 8-11. I think it could also be a fun family read aloud for younger children, too. Teens would have to be tolerant and not jaded to tolerate it.
The story is fresh and imaginative. The characters are quirky and interesting. There are some nice insights into human nature and life, without being heavy handed.
Amy is a foster child, abandoned in the Lost and Found by her mother years ago. She's sent to live with Mr. Heckler, an older German man who lives alone in a ramshackle house on a farm. Amy has a gift for finding things- she gets warm when she gets close to the objects she's seeking and feels tingles. He wants her to find a list of things- from a missing sock to a church to a treasure. She finds more than she bargained for, of course, some of it good, some of it not. There are adventures, perils likely and unlikely (the bad guy likes to shoot people with his home-made arrows), and just a few too many coincidences, although they aren't that out of place in a story for children this age.
Other reasons for the four stars: Dialogue is good, but rushed in many places, and could have used a touch more editing or proofing (characters make contradictory statements a couple of times- as in, Brier says "When I do blah blah" and then immediately says "I didn't say When, I said If." this is kind of minor, but it jars. Happily, it's also easy to fix).
The very imaginative and fun plot feels rushed at times, and the pacing is uneven in places- I've seen far more egregious examples of this in a first novel, so I don't want to carp too much.Read more ›
The one thing I liked about this book was Nate. He was absolutely darling! I wish the other characters were easy to love like he was.
All in all, though this book has promise, I feel it missed the mark. It needs some editing in some parts. After that, I feel that it could be an awesome story.
A very heart warming story which covers many decent values and would be glad to hand to any age of child to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is fun story and I really enjoyed it. It would be perfect to read with a child. It kept me engaged as well!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cute story with a great message but Ms. Skeem could use an editor. I'm probably available! :)Published 20 months ago by j. martin
I enjoyed reading this refreshing book. It is a Christian book, but does not thump you over the head! I would recommend this book for middle school aged kids. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brady A Hunter
Be sure to read to the end! Your faith will be enriched reading this simple tale about flotsam. Totally wonderful!Published on May 28, 2014 by Alice Stollenmeyer
It was absolutely amazing it is very touching you can learn many lessons from this I loved it can't wait for other books by herPublished on March 4, 2014 by Kindle Customer
A story about finding your self in life and recognizing what an abundance of love and good you really have. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Elizabeth Smith
Somewhat predictable, but very enjoyable. Great characters you can love and hate. I wish it there had been a little more to the ending.Published on October 24, 2013 by MECK
The basic idea is great: A young abandoned girl who has the ability to find things for anyone except herself. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Trisha
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