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The Librarian (Book One: Little Boy Lost) by [Hobbs, Eric]
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  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R55ERM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I really liked this book. It is a unique (to me, at least) take on children's stories. I really like Wesley, the main character, because he is so real. Any kid who has been bullied will be able to relate to him.

Good book, and I can't wait for the next in the series.

Edit--- I upgraded my rating from a 4 star to a 5 star after the author re-released the book as a clean version (and deleted the part of my review that concerned the language). As the language was the ONLY issue I had with the book, it definitely warrants the 5 star rating now. Thank you so much for listening to your readers!
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Traveling to different worlds is nothing new in children's literature; it's a tried-and-true scenario sure to capture the interest of young readers. But reading The Librarian provides kids with an out-of-this-world adventure that feels fresh yet familiar.

Hobbs demonstrates his talent as a writer as he seamlessly weaves together a captivating story that mixes the adventure of Percy Jackson with the dark fantasy of Harry Potter -- not to mention a whole lot of Wizard of Oz.

This is going to be the next big kids' series!! My granddaughter loved it, and I can't recommend it enough!!
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I often wish Amazon allowed to use half-stars in the ratings - if I could, I'd have given the book three and half stars instead of three. As it is, I deliberated between three and four, but ultimately it just wasn't quite a four star read for me.

That said, I suspect that being a 30-something adult, I'm not in the target group for it; had I read the book as a ten-year-old, I'd probably have loved it. It's got a nice mix of realism and fantasy adventure, the main characters are not completely bland (and considering the length of this fairly short book, it would have been difficult to flesh them out more; I'd imagine that as this is the first book in what looks to be a planned series, the characters will have a chance to grow), there's some action as well as some more introspective moments, and the book ends at an exciting spot - which some readers will probably love and others, who are not as keen on cliffhangers, won't.

Also, I should say that the book was refreshingly well formatted for the Kindle - too often Kindle books, even from major publishers, come without such important little details such as chapter marks. I spotted a handful of typos and some missing quotes here and there, and a few instances of awkward phrasing, but it didn't distract me from reading.

My only complaint, and part of the reason why it didn't make four stars in the rating, has to do with a personal pet peeve: head-hopping. I admit that for all I know, the author intended it to be written in third person omniscient POV, which can be tricky to pull off well (and there isn't any fast rule that says POV switches should be kept strictly to scene or chapter changes, after all). That said, I've seen worse; at least the point of view changes, from what I can remember, didn't take place mid-paragraph.
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Read this book to your kids! We've read to our kids every night since they could speak (or even before) They followed this book more closely and more enthusiastically than any book we've read. They are now 7 and 9 years old.

My kids followed every word. They can't wait for the next one. Mr. Hobbs has an exciting writing style.

This is the best book I've read at quick action story telling. (Including Lord of Rings, the Harry Potter series) I hope Mr. Hobbs, like J.K. Rowling, continues to develop as a writer and increases the depth and detail of his books as his readers age.

The author was responsive and took out the bad language (although I wish he would take out the two places where a character utters "Oh my God" and "Jesus")
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If you loved "The Neverending Story" this book is for you. It captivates and leads us to wonder what's next. I received it free but it's one I'd willingly pay for to read the next books.
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Story is quite good - makes you look forward to the next one - but there was no need for the bad language (four-letter words). They added nothing to the story and if young adult books are to encourage children to read, what is the point of also encouraging bad language???
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I enjoyed reading the librarian. It was a good adventure and teaches about friendship and ones self. As an adult, i dont normally read books made for younger readers. I do enjoy teen books. I found this enjoyable, kept me wanting more. Yes, i too, wanted to read more when book one ended. I am off to ge book two. I have been hooked, now i have to see what happens. I dont care what age you are, adventures are in every book, and almost every book is an adventure. Happy READing.
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As a grandpa I love to read kid books before I give them to my grandkids. This is a real winner - I love the interest in classic books and how it is likely to HOOK the reader into expanding their reading range to the oldies. When I was teaching junior highschool I got interesting in reading what my students were reading and started with the Harry Potter series. Since then I am convinced that this genre is a source of some real quality literature. The Librarian qualifies for my 5 star. starting book two now!
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