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Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper (Simon Bloom (Hardcover)) Paperback – May 14, 2009

4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Simon Bloom Series

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Occasionally breaking into the story with a first-person comment, this book’s omniscient narrator tells the story of 11-year-old Simon Bloom, who one day discovers a mysterious, hidden forest in the middle of his New Jersey town. Followed by timid Owen, Simon enters the clearing where a secret, powerful group, the Order of Physics, has just met and disbanded. The adventure begins when a large book pops out of nowhere and decks Simon. Entitled Teachers’ Edition of Physics, the book is filled with scientific formulas that Owen figures out how to use, much like magic spells. His increasing skills—he learns how to control gravity and friction—draw the attention of smart, popular Alysha, who joins Simon and Owen in marveling over the book’s secrets. Together, they must fight against a mysterious woman whose body is tattooed with scientific formulas and who is trying to take over the world. This is great, escapist fare for those smart middle-grade readers who are fascinated by science, magic, and adventure. Grades 4-7. --Diana Tixier Herald

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aReismanas fast-paced, cinematic first novel . . . makes scientific concepts interesting and accessible.a a"Publishers Weekly," starred review

Reisman s fast-paced, cinematic first novel . . . makes scientific concepts interesting and accessible. "Publishers Weekly", starred review

?Reisman's fast-paced, cinematic first novel . . . makes scientific concepts interesting and accessible.? ?"Publishers Weekly", starred review

"Reisman's fast-paced, cinematic first novel . . . makes scientific concepts interesting and accessible." - "Publishers Weekly", starred review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0690 (What's this?)
  • Series: Simon Bloom (Hardcover)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142413682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142413685
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
What would you do if you could control the laws of Physics?

Simon Bloom is an average eleven-year-old boy that dreams of being able to fly and instantaneously travel to the moon. But as a 6th-grader, he doesn't know anything about the laws of Physics. Nor has he ever noticed the woods at the end of Van Silas Way. And not just any woods. These woods have trees as big as the Redwoods, yet no one seems to notice them. Then one fateful day, with his new friend, Owen, the Breeze (yes, with a capital B) beckons Simon to the dead end Van Silas Way. Out of nowhere, Dunkerhoook Woods appears before the two of them. They venture into the magically charged woods and discover a clearing with wood stumps arranged in a circle. While exploring the clearing, a Book (again, with a capital B) falls, seemingly out of nowhere.

Enter the TEACHER'S EDITION OF PHYSICS. The Book belongs to the Keeper of the Order of Physics. Why has it fallen out of nowhere into Simon Bloom's hands? And what is Simon to do with it? Well, as any curious sixth grader would do, he opens it. And thus begins the adventures.

The previous owner of the Book has been injured in a mysterious car accident and the Order of Physics members are out to find the perpetrator of the crime and the missing Book. And a mysterious hooded person and their assistant are trying to find the Book for their own personal use.

Simon and his friends must figure out how to use the Book to protect themselves from those that mean to harm them just to get their hands on the Book.

The story starts out a bit confusing with all of the different characters and names of organizations. But once the plot begins to move along, it all comes together and is quite entertaining to the reader.
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Simon Bloom the Gravity Keeper is an fast paced and incredibly creative book. I read it cover to cover in a day and can't wait for a sequel. What is most amazing is how the author takes basic science and turns it into great entertainment. It's science that is real and seems accurate (gravity, friction). For parents who want to both entertain their children (and themselves) and who want to incite curiosity in their kids, you can't go wrong with this book.

After Harry Potter, I've grown a little tired of fantasy imitators (golden compass, etc). This book takes place in our day, in our time, and uses principles of real science to make it all go. I think it's a great addition to the young adult literature,
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A couple of my mom friends were talking about how much their kids loved Simon Bloom. I'm always looking something new for my kids to read and this book is fantastic. The chapters are nice and short and the characters are very compelling--imagine getting to be a real superhero! The names are a little goofy and appeal to a kids' sense of humor. My son couldn't put it down and now I'm reading it. This is a great gift for kids who love to get lost in a story. You could also make it a bedtime book---it is sure to make for some very creative dreams! Will there be a sequel?
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Format: Paperback
Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper is the first in a series of pre-teen-level novels by author Michael Reisman. After reading this science-fiction fantasy, several fourth-grade students at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School in Kansas City collaborated to offer the following book review:

Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper is about a sixth-grade kid named Simon who unexpectedly comes across one of the Books from the Order of Sciences; in this case, it’s the Teacher’s Edition of Physics. Far from your typical textbook, contained in its pages are magical formulas that allow Simon, an Outsider and now the Book’s new Keeper, to learn – and even control – the laws of physics. However, when other people try to get the Book from Simon, he must team up with his two best friends, Owen and Alysha, as they wage multiple battles in the streets of Lawnville, New Jersey, and among the towering trees of Dunkerhook Woods. What’s real and what’s fantasy? While the lines are blurred, one thing is clear: Simon and his friends must prevail. Or else.

Allow us to introduce you to a few of the main characters

When the main character, Simon Bloom, unexpectedly earns the coveted title of Keeper of the Teacher’s Edition of Physics, he shares the Book’s mysteries with his two school friends, Owen and Alysha. Owen, who is pretty much scared of everything in life, soon discovers there’s more to his personality than he realizes. Alysha, meanwhile, rekindles a friendship with Simon as their collective adventure unfolds.

As they learn all about the scientific mysteries of the Book, the trio also discover that their newfound possession is much desired by darker forces.
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My 12yo son says, "Best book in this genre. It's full of action, never slows down, & best of all--it's HILARIOUSLY funny!"

My 10yo daughter says, "The ideas in it were amazing, but they made sense enough that they weren't just off-the-bat strange like some are. They were really interesting & strange. It was pretty funny, too." (Iow, NOT just for boys.)

I haven't seen these two *this* excited about a book in a while. They love reading, but I've caught them sneaking off to fold each others' laundry so the other one will read aloud, lest one kid hog the book & get to the good parts first. They also insist that a library copy is not good enough; they want to own it to read it again & (especially) to share it with their younger sibs. It's an heirloom! A treasure! A family tradition! (And I thought it was just a library book on the verge of being late from too much re-reading.)

They haven't shared it with me, yet, but they insist that I MUST read it, & I'll take their word for it. I think they're going to need book 3 in their stockings.
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