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Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper (Simon Bloom (Hardcover)) Paperback – May 14, 2009
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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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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,
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.
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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.Read more ›
SIMON BLOOM, THE GRAVITY KEEPER is powered by an all-seeing Narrator who reports and comments for a Chronicle of events on behalf of a mysterious organization known only as the Union. This Union, we learn, possesses a series of Books that holds the secrets to manipulating the universe. The Union itself is split into various Orders that are responsible for overseeing the workings of Physics, Biology and other functions thought to be the machinations of nature.
From his hidden position, the Narrator introduces us to 11-year-old Simon Bloom, who, along with some friends, is lured into a mystic woods by a mischievous Breeze. It's there that Simon finds (well, he's hit on the head by) a teacher's edition of one of the Order's physics books. As he experiments with the book's formulae, he finds that the information within allows him to control gravity. But, of course, with this sort of power comes responsibilities that Simon can't even begin to imagine. Worse, the physics book Simon possesses is being sought by a traitor within the Union who has nefarious plans for the book's usage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This really was a really good book I mean I'm really excited to read the other two This book just really appealed me and my imaginationPublished 19 months ago by Janell Edwards
I purchased this book for my 14 year old grandson. From the day he received it (which was a school day), he started reading it and never put it down until he had finished reading,... Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Jeffers1
It was a very good book because it had scientific magic which was really cool and it was also super funny! You should definitely get it!Published on February 10, 2014 by chrisfrom
This book was amazing to read and was the perfect combination of real science and science fiction. I would recommend the who trilogy to new and old readersPublished on January 21, 2014 by Rakesh Gupta
My 12yo son says, "Best book in this genre. It's full of action, never slows down, & best of all--it's HILARIOUSLY funny! Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Aubrey Lively
My daughter could not stop talking and raving about this book. She absolutely enjoyed reading it. I would recommend this book.Published on June 24, 2013 by Jaclyn V.
My kids and I listened to this book in the car and thought it was fantastic. Simon and his friends are engaging, funny and adventurous. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by H. Fisher