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I think it's more likely that a 12 year-old boy would ask to go to the new aquarium with his friend and then to PizzaMax with his mother. A fifteen year-old boy would be more likely to tell his mom to shove it and go see an action movie with his friends, or not do anything at all. Birthdays just aren't a big deal to older teenage boys.
Not that I don't appreciate Michael's relationship with his mother. I think, however, that in this case, it was way too over the top. However, there is the addition of Tourette's syndrome to Michael's character. I think that a lot of teens that struggle with this disorder will really connect to this story because of that element. Like Percy Jackson's dyslexia, it's a way to make something that can be really awkward and embarrassing for a teen into something that can be cool and explainable.
And for that, I applaud Evans. However, as a generally whole, the book was far too cliche and unremarkable for me. From Michael's overweight, nerdy friend Ostin, to the beautiful, popular, but all-inclusive cheerleader Taylor, this book is a cookie-cutter model of a adult writer goes young adult. I suspect, however, that in spite of its lack-luster performance for me, this novel will still be another New York Times bestseller for Evans Richard Paul Evans ruined Christmas for me one year.
I sat in the corner of the living room, reading The Christmas Box and cried. In fact, I was in a rather obsessive mood and considered how it would look if I disappeared for a couple of hours and drove to the cemetery to see if the grave marker really existed. How much of this story was true?
Then I calmed down enough to just be ticked off at him for making me cry. I hate contrived tragedies which is why I never watch Little House on the Prairie, anymore. By the end of it, Pa is always crying. Still, others have found his books endearing and he spends an inordinate amount of time on the New York Times Best Sellers. Fortunately, this book did not leave me in tears nor did it leave me with an uncontrollable urge to drive to Meridian, Idaho it's a real place or Pasadena, California.
Not only that, Evans is a brilliant story teller. I loved that Michael Vey, the protagonist has a neurological disorder. Michael has Tourette's. The kind that has him blinking and gulping in tics. I am of the mind this may come into play as to why Michael is so special but until then, Michael is an excellent example of a boy with a socially unacceptable disorder yet he does not allow it to paralyze him.
Character development for the main characters and many of the minor characters is well played. The humor, particularly in the dialogue, is unexpected under the dire conditions. Ostin, Michael's sidekick is like a astronomically smart, myopic, and slightly overweight Sam Wise. Everybody should have a friend as devoted as Ostin.
The antagonists are truly spiteful. Motivation is introduced but not clarified but there are other antagonists from other parts of the world we have not yet met. This is the first book of a series. What the antagonists are willing to do to gain control of the electric children is chilling and psychopathic. Although I will admit the psychological brilliance of it. I completely loved it. It completely cleared the Mom-o-Meter. Swearing - none.
Sex - none. Drug use - some underage drinking met with surprise. Violence - abundant. Blood and gore - minimal, if any. As long as we don't make this reader cry and take an unplanned trip to a cemetery, I will continue with this series. Get this one. Sep 10, Evan Snyder rated it did not like it. This book was recommended to me as something fun to read. I thought it was horrible. Some of these story points or variations have been used by other authors many times before - it is possible to incorporate them tactfully, but it appears that Richard Paul Evans is not capable of applying such literary grace.
You can see "plot twists" coming from a mile away. The prose in general was just not good, with especially atrocious dialogue. The plot moving devices implemented here reminded me of stories written by second graders - completely devoid of subtlety, tact, or any cleverness to speak of. To those comparing this to Harry Potter, I must point out that this book isn't at all about magic for one, and, more importantly, JK Rowling's story-telling abilities are light years beyond this book.
Jan 15, Becca rated it did not like it. I was amazed at how awful this book was. If you're reading this, I'll assume that you know the plot, either from the handy synopsis up top or from reading the book yourself, so I'll just go on.
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Evans took a pretty cool idea- kids with electricity-related powers- and ruined it via poor writing and flat characterization. No matter what Vey was doing, the writing did not change. Kissing his longtime crush? Being tortured? Fighting to the death? This is what he sounded like. It was the written equiv I was amazed at how awful this book was. It was the written equivalent of a monotone. The most interesting character in this book was the one who was hardly characterized at all: the main villain, Hatch. Everyone else was one-sided or just plain boring.
Seriously- the bullies all had horrible family lives, so Vey immediately forgives them? That kind of characterization is more suited to an elementary-school-level book. I found this in the "teen" section. All in all, the only people I can think of that might enjoy this are those too young to appreciate the merits of good writing. View all 6 comments. Apr 15, Suzanne rated it it was ok. Ugh, got to about the last 75 pages and just didn't really care. So much the all action, no depth of and the just-one-damn-thing after another of and just a comic book mentality of evil empires.
Okay, so it's not subtle. I'm usually pretty good at "boy books"--even liked but not. Like in this one: it just seemed so much for the game-obsessed and short-attention span, I-want-to-read-a-movie, not-think set of year olds that I just couldn't find my inner tween-teen boy, even though Ugh, got to about the last 75 pages and just didn't really care. Like in this one: it just seemed so much for the game-obsessed and short-attention span, I-want-to-read-a-movie, not-think set of year olds that I just couldn't find my inner tween-teen boy, even though I live with one.
Don't worry: it's my son. Enough comparisons. So this electro-boy has been trying to hide his powers for years, but the evil corporation whose new tech machine installed in the hospital at the time of their birth caused a couple of hundred babies to die mysteriously OR to develop bizarre skills, like read minds or send healing waves or blast people with a strike of electricity is now after Michael. They've been collecting them and brainwashing them with luxuries and emotional blackmail for years.
That's right: as part of their evil plan to rule the world with stunts like demanding billions or bringing down airline planes. Aug 30, John Thompson rated it liked it. I held off writing a review of this book because, well, if you can't say anything good, don't say anything at all, right? Well, bullshit. I very much wanted to like this book, and the fact that I wanted to like it made me give it 3 stars when I might have given 2.
My problem wasn't so much the main character, who is a guy we've all seen before but whose lack of originality I can get over. My problem is the villains. The head bad guy comes straight from Austin Powers' Dr. Evil, but he's not funny I held off writing a review of this book because, well, if you can't say anything good, don't say anything at all, right? Evil, but he's not funny. He is really, really evil, heartless, megalomaniacal, etc. How can anybody be EVIL and at the same time not have a goal? Well, I guess this guy has a goal, but it is so totally muddy and vague that it's left up to the reader to interpret what it must be.
Oct 09, Colleen Houck added it Shelves: tech-gadgets , science-gone-wrong , high-school , villain , colleen-houck-book-club-pick , contemporary , disabilities. What an awful, horrible villain! Love the whole idea of electric powers and the wide variety of abilities the kids display. Really cool stuff. Really like Michael as the hero. He's relate-able. I could easily imagine him as my brother. His best friend is awesome too. Feb 02, Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing. An Excellent Read!
I Loved It! Mar 07, Luke Hicks rated it it was amazing. This book was one of my all-time favorite books I have ever read. On a scale from one to ten I would rate it a nine. One of the things I loved about the book was how descriptive Richard Paul Evans was. Every scene I could paint a picture in my head with every movement of the characters to the setting behind them.
My favorite part was when they over-ran the Elgen Academy and let the prisoners go. With Richard Paul Evens descriptive words I could see the whole thing happen in my head. Another thin This book was one of my all-time favorite books I have ever read. Another thing I liked about this book is the fact that It was a Modern day thing and not some crazy space expedition or something crazy like that. It happened on Earth, in Idaho, and California. The only thing that was not modern was the machine that made the electric children electric. The machine was a little hard to understand.
It was supposed to give doctors a better x-ray of people. I think it gave the doctors a picture of your bones as well as your organs. Some things that I didn't like like was how harsh Hatch was to the people who disobeyed him and the one who stepped out of line. That was the only thing the I didn't like about the book. Back on the positive side, this book made my top five books.
I think it would have been my third favorite. This is one of my favorite books and I thank Richard Paul Evans for making this book and I have really enjoyed reading it. Mar 11, 06JenniferS rated it really liked it. In this book there was a day when 17 electric children were born. They were all separated and raised as normal children. There are 2 electric children that live in the same city in Idaho. There is a man in LA California, named Hatch, who is trying to gather all the electric children and take over the world.
Micheal and Taylor are trying to escape from Hatch and release the rest of the children. Hatch and his apprentices go to Idaho and kidnap Micheal's mom, and Taylor Ridley. Micheal and his bes In this book there was a day when 17 electric children were born. Micheal and his best friend Ostin Liss go to the Elgen academy after them. Micheal Vey is a young teenage kid who has Tourette's syndrome and has a hard time with being bullied at his school.
He has and electric power where he can shock people if he is touching them. He is short, skinny, and good looking, but he has a hard time making friends because of his syndrome. I really liked this book because of the fictional action and the friendship. I like the relationship between Micheal and his mom.
I also liked the humor and how he can control big guys with his power. I also liked the humor in the book. For example, "How about the Electroclan!? Sep 03, Peter rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult. The first part of this book was absolutely horrible. It seemed like the author was trying to be really cool, and instead it was a collection of the worst similes, metaphors, writings, and genuinely unfunny jokes EVER.
All the characters were so freaking stereotypical, you probably could have made them cardboard cutouts and I wouldn't have noticed the difference. Every line, every trick in the book was played, making this very uninteresting. And while I was reading, I was strongly reminded o Wow.
And while I was reading, I was strongly reminded of Maximum Ride. But after I sorted out through all the crap, it increased a bit in quality. Enter the bad guys, who were excellently portrayed much better than the main characters who had no depth whatsoever. And I'll admit, there are a lot of things to electricity which would produce a wide variety of powers, which I found pretty cool.
But the writing was so bad, that everything else was a struggle. I have heard this will be a seven-part series, but I really hope it just stops after book 1. Oh, and Potter fans--don't worry. There's no way this will even remotely challenge Harry Potter. Aug 02, De'Siree Fairley rated it really liked it. What a good start to a series, I haven't read a sci-fi book in SO. And I'm glad I read this one! The best part about this story has to be that all the kids' powers are unique but related specifically to electricity.
I picked up this series because the synopsis reminded me loosely of the Gone series, but even in the Gone series the children had a variety of powers. I think having it focused on electricity made it even more unique in a way. I absolutely adored the clumsy side romance bet Wow! I absolutely adored the clumsy side romance between Michael and Taylor. It was cute, it wasn't over done, and it kinda just warmed my heart by the end.
I want to buy this series so I can continue on reading, I have no idea how this will stretch 7 books but I'm willing to read them all eventually Apr 04, Jocelyn rated it it was amazing. This is the best book EVER! It is by far the best book I have ever read. It is very entertaining but can be very suspenseful at times. I was never really into science fiction books until I found this series.
It also is really funny. I finished this book in two days because I couldn't stop reading. Sep 04, Teri rated it did not like it Recommends it for: nobody. Shelves: childrens-lit. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Marc Levy and Daniel Wasserman, Transl. David Martin and David Walker, Illus. Michael A. Schuman: Charles Schulz: Cartoonist and Writer. Vicky Shiefman and Francesca Chessa, Illus. Jeremy N. David A. Adler and Edward Miller, Illus. Peter C. Sneed B. Heather Demetrios Ed. Hillary Homzie and Jeffrey Ebbler, Illus.
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Illustrated by Karen Reczuch. In the morning on the lake in a birchbark canoe, they see a family of loons; hiking up a cliff at noon, they see an eagle; and walking through the forest at night, they see a pack of wolves. The boy is initially frightened by each sight but he follows the example of his grandfather and stays perfectly quiet and still. After each animal has passed, Mishomis interprets cultural messages for the boy, thereby teaching him about his heritage. For Older Readers Akervik, Caroline. Anderson, Jodi Lynn. The Vanishing Season.
Age 12 and older. Banash, Jennifer. Silent Alarm. Putnam, Age 14 and older. Bauer, Joan. Hope Was Here. Together, Hope and her aunt Addie have traveled all over the country to work in different diners, where Addie cooks delicious food and Hope serves it. After an exciting stint in Brooklyn, N. Hope doesn't know what to expect, but like always, she looks forward to the adventure. Bauer, Marion Dane. An Early Winter. Clarion Books, Tim and his mother have lived with his grandparents in their Wisconsin home, so he's always been close to his grandfather.
Recently Tim and his mom moved to Minneapolis with his new stepfather. Now that his mother and Paul are married, Tim is making the best of the changes, but he loves to go Ahome. He's overheard the whispers about Granddad, and he's overheard the word Alzheimer'ss. Tim refuses to believe that Granddad's forgetfulness is symptomatic of something serious until they go fishing, or try to. The two move into increasing danger, one step at a time, and then very swiftly. Along with developing one of her trademark fast-paced short novels featuring genuine dialogue and people about whom readers care, Bauer pictures the realistic denial and grief associated with Tim's anguish.
Bick, Ilsa J. Draw the Dark. He evokes on paper images from his dreams and what he remembers of his parents who disappeared years ago. His dreams and paintings collide when he begins to dream through the eyes of an eight-year-old boy, David, who lived in Winter during the s. Drowning Instinct. Carolrhoda Lab, Anderson, who tires to help her cope with the many stresses in her life: an abusive father, alcoholic mother, and a brother serving in Iraq.
Bjornson, Nancy. Jesse and Cash and the Illegal Trappers. Monarch Tree, On their first dog-sled run two boys, Jesse and Cash, come across a suspicious looking trapper. They soon realize they have uncovered illegal trapping on the Island and must decide how to bring the criminals to justice. Brown, Anne Greenwood. Deep Betrayal. Delacorte Press, Lies Beneath. Promise Bound. Bushnell, Jack. Illustrated by Laurie Caple. Chippewa Valley Museum Press, Cameron, Ann. The Secret Life of Amanda K. Perhaps because her mother thinks she is "average. Amanda's family owns a historic hotel in the small, northern Wisconsin community in which they live in this novel set in the s.
Carter, Alden. Crescent Moon. Holiday House, It's a time of invention and innovation, and Jeremy Callahan can't wait to leave his old logging-town ways behind and join the race to the twentieth century. His Uncle Mac, however, wants to pay tribute to the past and insists on Jeremy's help in carving a statue from a log to commemorate the "final log drive ever held on the Chippewa River.
Cavanaugh, Nancy J. Just Like Me. Although Julia doesn't feel very Chinese, her cabin mates help her to learn more about who she is and where she belongs in the world. Clark, Catherine. Wurst Case Scenario. Not only does she miss her Colorado boyfriend, she feels overwhelmed by meat and dairy products. Age 15 and older. DeKeyser, Stacy. The Rhino in Right Field. Margaret K. McElderry Books, Nick's biggest dream is to be a bat boy for the local Mudpuppy baseball team. Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House. Hyperion, The continued advance of white traders and settlers into lands once inhabited exclusively by Native peoples is bringing change to the lives of the Ojibwa, including those on the Lake Superior island today know as Madeleine Island where Omakayas and her family live.
Still, Omakayas's world is defined by the daily and seasonal details of life with her family. When two white traders who arrive in the middle of winter bring smallpox to her village, Omakayas is physically untouched, but emotionally devastated. Louise Erdrich's moving historical novel is an important chronicle of Ojibwa culture and U. S and American-Indian history. This lyrically told story never strays from a child's emotional understanding--of grief and heartbreak, as well as joy and wonder.
Farrey, Brian. With You or Without You. Simon Pulse, Fixmer, Elizabeth. Saint Training. Zonderkidz, Garfield, Henry. Tartabull's Throw. Atheneum, With a parting gift of tickets to a Red Sox game, Cyrus heads to Comiskey Park, where he meets a werewolf who draws him into a mystery involving murder and time travel. Giedd, Jennifer Brengle. Wind Along the Water. Illustrated by Frank Mittelstadt. Booksurge, The book includes a bibliography and information on the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin.
Gorzelanczyk, Melissa. Aaryn returns to Wisconsin to try and fix his mistake, but ends up falling for Karma and learns a thing or two about hopeless love. Grow, Mary L. Chester Meets the Walker House Ghost. Illustrated by Jean Marc Richel. Studio 17, This chapter book is based on the local folklore of Mineral Point. Hale, Kathleen, author.
http://soilstones.com/wp-content/2020-01-13/2879.php Hannigan, Katherine. Ida B. A good heart-to-heart with the trees usually leaves her feeling fine. Homeschooled since kindergarten, Ida B. Then her parents must sell some of the orchard land—and her beloved trees--in order to pay medical bills. Unwilling to forgive her parents for what she sees as one betrayal after another, Ida B. She shuts everyone out, only to discover that causing pain in others is worse than anything she has endured. Hapka, Catherine. Jingle Bells. Horse Diaries Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson. Random House, Back matter includes more information about the Clydesdale breed, the Model T Ford, and Scandinavian traditions, as well as suggestions for activities related to the story.
Henkes, Kevin. Bird Lake Moon. Mitch feels angry, sad, and lonely, and he retreats into his imagination where he pretends the long-vacant cottage next door belongs to him. He even resolves to keep the splinter he gets from the railing so the house will be a part of him. From his position in the crawl space underneath the front porch, he learns that they own the house and he decides he will try to scare them away by making them think the house is haunted.
And every small thing Mitch does to make them think the house is haunted, Spencer reads as a sign from his dead brother. Masterfully told with alternating points of view, Henkes shows the developing friendship between two boys who are both withholding information from each other. Only the reader knows the full story, and the dramatic tension builds as each boy gets closer to finding out the truth.
Greenwillow, Hijuelos, Oscar. Dark Dude. Hilmo, Tess. Cinnamon Moon. Margaret Ferguson Books, Kokie, E. Personal Effects. Candlewick, Matt takes his anger and frustration out on a classmate who is vocal in his opposition to the war, and is suspended for a week for fighting. Then, searching through T. A search to find out more about his brother takes Matt to Madison, Wisconsin. Kornblatt, Marc. Understanding Buddy. McElderry, But Sam won't join in. He knows Buddy's mom died over the summer in a car accident. Buddy's mother worked for his family as a cleaning woman.
Sam can't imagine what it would be like to lose his mom, and he is not sure what to say to Buddy. But his first awkward gestures toward Buddy slowly blossom into friendship. At the same time, Sam's relationship with his own best friend--who doesn't like Buddy--is jeopardized. This novel set in Madison features a contemporary Jewish American child and, in Buddy, a contemporary child whose family members are Jehovah's Witnesses whose questions about death, life, religion, and the meaning of friendship are explored with honesty and sensitivity.
Winner of the Elizabeth Burr Award. LaFaye, A. Edith Shay. Viking, One day in , however, Katherine gets the opportunity. She sets off to Chicago with a few coins in her pocket, a satchel, and a suitcase she finds in the train station with a tag reading Edith Shay. Katherine discovers that building a life for herself will be a lot of work, but more rewarding than she ever imagined.
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Night Sun and the Seven Directions. However, the white men's school is threatening the Winnebago way of life. Faced with continued abuse and cruelty, Night Sun decides to run away with three friends. No one has ever successfully escaped before. Will Night Sun find freedom? The black-and-white illustrations are the author's own. Ages 13 and older.
Lowden, Stephanie Golightly. Jingo Fever. In Milwaukee, the family lived in the midst of a large and supportive German-American community, but in Ashland their German heritage suddenly makes them suspect. Over the course of the summer, Adelle experiences first-hand the anti-German sentiment that took hold of America during the First World War, as patriotism turned into a dangerous mistrust of all things foreign.
Blue Horse Books, Nick Faber's Touch. PublishAmerica, The stranger leaves Nick with a highly developed sense of touch, a gift that proves both helpful and disturbing. While searching for an explanation behind this unusual meeting, a retired priest discovers information that suggests the stranger may be a descendant of an ancient people. Age McLernon, Carol March, author. Foreward the Women. Carol March McLernon,