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Flotsam by [Skeem, Stephanie]
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Length: 258 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Stephanie Skeem, the seventh child of nine children, was born on the sixth day of June on the sixth month, in the tiny town of Snowhere, sandwiched right in the middle of Somewhere and Nowhere, with Nothing Much in between. She lives on a not so ordinary farm, with a barn (that isn't red) With goats that can fly over fences, an orphaned horse that thinks it's a unicorn, and chickens that actually have invisible teeth. For fun, she sings to old people, does amazing hula hoop tricks, paints beautiful pictures, milks goats, has mud fights, rescues the poor and afflicted, and scuba dives through water that is amazingly populated with leaches, alligators and hippos, all while sitting at her writing desk.

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  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASORLG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,319 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Poochfly on December 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
While the book contains some of the errors of a young author, that is partly what makes it a good read. It hasn't been formatted and packaged into the same adventure story that we've become programmed to receive. In this way, it retains a unique feel that allows the author to shine through the pages. I'm hopeful that the new alternative publishing options will allow for more of this kind of novel writing.

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.
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Edited to note: I read the free Kindle version.

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.
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I'll start with the negative first; to begin, there were a couple spelling and grammar mistakes. Geocache was spelled geocash, there were a few commas missing, nothing too bad, but annoying nonetheless. That wasn't what threw me off, though. The characters were unrealistic, to the point where I couldn't identify with any of them. There was a lack of emotion. Also, I don't care if the gang identifies with Robin Hood, no self respecting one would dress like him and use arrows instead of guns. It doesn't work. The last thing that had me annoyed was the fact that everyone conveniently lives in the same town as Amy. The ending is too perfect.
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.
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The premise was interesting but the execution was, at times, wanting. The patois was simply painful. I think there's a good base story here and everything did wrap around nicely. The bad guy was a caricature at best, dialogue did not flow. but it had some merit.
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This book was interesting from the very beginning, and I stayed spellbound to the very end! I enjoyed it immensely, and do encourage you to read it, if you like uncanny mysteries. The ending was surprising, and delightful! I read it straight through, in one sitting ~ I couldn't put it down!
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Sometimes I like to lose myself in a children's book, so picked up Flotsam expecting it to be extremely simple and read it in five minutes. However, this was deeper than I expected, with well developed and unusual characters. I found the story quite poignant and touching, with lots of excitement too. This actually gripped me a lot more than many adult novels I have read!

A very heart warming story which covers many decent values and would be glad to hand to any age of child to read.
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Amy is a young girl abandoned by her mother who has a gift for finding what is lost. On meeting her new foster parent Mr. Heckler she embarks on a journey in which she not only finds her biological family but her true family in the grandfatherly Mr. Heckler. This story of the things people lose and how we find them is a perfect story for the young adult genre and a story that adults will enjoy as well. While Skeem has not yet reached the technical proficiency of older more experienced writers it is clear to see from this book that once she has honed her skills she will be a literary force to be reckoned with. I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing more from this author.
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