Secrets of the Book

Secrets of the Book

Book - 2014
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Sixth-grader Spencer Lemon has no idea why he was chosen to protect Pandora's Book, a book that contains famous dead people who can be brought back to life. Soon he discovers there are other people interested in the book, people who may have evil intentions, and it's up to Spencer and his friends to protect the book and save the world.
Publisher: New York : Two Lions, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781477847169
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 19 cm


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Jun 18, 2014

Looking at the cover, I understand why this was a fail. You think it will be a cool adventure book, but as you begin to read it quickly becomes clear that the author is trying to jam too much in. Easy to read with great descriptions. However, this is where I rapidly began to dislike this book. None of the characters described look the way they do on the cover. For example: Gregor (boy shown on far right of cover) is described as mixed dark skinned Indian boy with dark hair, and light blue eyes. A big kid that is muscular and tall. That turned me off to book, since it was the cover that drew me in.

Spencer, the main character is entrusted with a book that can literally lift people out of them and into real life. The first thing he does is tell his best friend. Ok. But then the author made the friend autistic. Excellent realistic description of Gregor being normal, yet slightly unable to interact with world. But the placing of this character felt so forced and unnatural. The book had great potential but it didn't "pull all the strings together" as I like to call it. Instead there in a massive info dump at end as villain breaks down the happenings from day one. I liked the ideas, however the author tries to combine wayyy too many themes and genres.


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