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So many legends and myths have been revisited for young readers that it seems inevitable that the Golem would live again. In Willis' debut novel, the giant mud-man of Prague resurfaces in Edinburgh as 13-year-old Edda struggles to be brave after her house is broken into and she deals with ongoing problems with a bully. An arrogant and mysteriously -- Abby Nolan "Booklist Online"

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"You think you're a fairy godmother or something?" I asked.

"Or something," Michael agreed.

Edda is tired of her nickname, 'Mouse', and wants to be braver. But when her house is burgled on her thirteenth birthday, Edda is more afraid than ever. That is until new boy Michael Scot starts school. There's something peculiar -- and very annoying -- about know-it-all Michael. He claims to be a great alchemist who can help Edda overcome her fears by teaching her to build a golem. But surely they can't bring a giant mud monster to life? Can they?

Winner of the Kelpies Prize 2011.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863158404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863158407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,532,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Willis' well written tale of a girl and her golem was filled with wonderful lessons of bullying, bravery, and friendship.

Edda's turning twelve, unfortunately her big day is ruined when her happy and safe home is violated. Thieves not only took her gifts, they stole her security as well. When she meets the peculiar Michael Scot he offers her a way to be brave and safe with a little help from a golem.

Edda should know, always be careful what you wish for. When her wish does come true but is more hazardous than she imagined, Edda the mouse will have to employ her new found courage, make amends with her best friend, and enlist the help of her worst enemy to set things right.

I found the pacing slow throughout most of the book, while things did pick up at the end, the story wasn't as exciting as I would have liked to keep me interested, but I don't think that will deter the tome's intended audience. While I don't think the book was for me, it does have merits. The book has a solid foundation, the story lines were thought out and executed well. Plus there were plenty of positive underlying themes for young readers.
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Prior to reading this book, I had no idea what a Golem was. I'd only heard of Pokemon Golems. I've since learned about Golems and folklore.

Edda is an easy kid with whom others can identify. Her nickname is 'mouse' and for good reason, she's practically afraid of her own shadow.

She experiences pure terror after her house is broken in to and her birthday students stolen. It's after this episode she meets an odd, eerie boy named Michael. "THE MICHAEL SCOT" only one "T". named after the famous alchemist from the 12th century. This michael is a very bizarre character, obsessed with alchemy and old world magic. He convinces Edda to face her fears by creating a Golem, a large 'earth man' who will protect her and her house from outside influence. She soon regrets her actions and the story ensues.

The characters of this book are incredibly likable. Despite her issues, Edda is a wonderful character. Kids who are small or bullied will relate to her. Euon is the bully who does a complete about face, his story is interesting and bullies and bullied alike will come to like, or at least understand him. Lucy is a great friend to Edda and sticks by her despite what she believes to be Edda's crazy beliefs.

This story is a great middle grade childrens book. Kids will love the Golem. Some scenes involve dead animals and may be a bit much for the tender of heart, but all in all, this is a great book. I give it 5/5 stars. Love the cover of the book. The monochromatic picture just adds to the mystery of the story.
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What a cute story! I requested a copy of this book on NetGalley, mainly because it's middle grade and has a catchy theme. I am SO GLAD I did.

I enjoyed the voice of this book from the get-go. The characters were alive, the storyline was perfectly paced--with the PERFECT amount of spine tingles and creepiness thrown in--and the ending worked perfectly. I read it easily in one day, and the longer I sat reading it, the more curious my kids became. It is now in the hands of my 9-year-old son. *grins*

I wholeheartedly recommend this one. It was an absolute pleasure!
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