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From Publishers Weekly
- ASIN : B00DH3MP7S
- Publisher : Two Lions (February 4, 2014)
- Publication date : February 4, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6524 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 158 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #299,474 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Now, add a cute, smart girl named Mel and a sketchy old man who goes by “Ed,” and you have the makings for some real excitement. Oh, I almost forgot—there’s this book, and you really shouldn’t mess with it unless you know what you’re doing, which of course, no one does. I mean, the thing has the name Pandora in it. Kind of says it all, don’t you think?
I had a great time reading Secrets of the Book. Fans of KidLit and history should check it out. I’m confident it will have you hooked after the first couple of pages.
Sixth grader Spencer is the novel’s narrator who admits right away, “I can’t see jack,” but he’s not yet blind. One day a week he meets Ed, an aged man living in a retirement home. The young boy soon learns from Ed about a magical book, “Pandora’s Book” that provides brief biographies of people who have contributed positively to humanity. With a wave of a white cardboard paper and a few taps, Ed brings to life Babe Ruth and Marilyn Monroe.
Ed lets Spencer take the book home to read, but warns, “Don’t try to use it until I teach you.” At home, while doing their homework, Spencer shows the book to best friend, Gregor, an autistic student he befriended from school. Gregor has an acute mind for history and dates. He’s also a kick-ass runner on Spencer’s track team. When Spencer mentions meeting Babe Ruth and getting batting tips from the great Bambino, Gregor is skeptical until Spencer manages to bring to life one of Gregor’s heroes, Socrates. But how do you put the guy back?
Erin Fry does a masterful job showing how two school outcasts have joined forces in helping each other overcome their challenges in the face of adversity. The boys encounter an evil plot to steal “Pandora’s Book” and its negative companion, “Pandora’s Other Book”, which contains the brief biographies of history’s villians—Ghengas Khan, Adolph Hitler, Al Capone, and others. Somehow this book lands in the hands of Heinrich, who Mel, Ed’s granddaughter, calls the Evil German Guy. He’s evil because he kidnaps Ed and Gregor’s dog to get his hands on Spencer’s book so he can rule the world.
Secrets of the Book contains a fast-paced plot and realistic characters who face real-world problems. Fry reaches middle school readers with an action packed story that shows the problems near blind and autistic kids endure while teaching a bit of history along the way. Highly recommended.
Michael Thal is the author of the Koolura Series.
I would recommend this book to middle school age groups, teachers, and young minded readers (like myself), who aren't young. I love the idea of young minds having the adventures as in this story. They have to reason out the puzzles, watch their backs against whatever evil and come out the softly bruised heros.