Synopses & Reviews
Liam has always felt a bit like he's stuck between two worlds. This isprimarily because he's a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he's about thirty. Sometimes it's not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it's just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It's not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again—only this time he's 239,000 miles from home.
Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions and Framed, brings us a funny and touching story of the many ways in which grown-upness is truly wasted on grown-ups.
"The hero of Boyce's enchanting third novel has grown a bit over the summer. 'Seven inches is not a spurt,' his father says. 'Seven inches is a mutation.' Having facial hair and the height of an adult is a nuisance for 12-year-old Liam, until he realizes he can pass for a grownup. The charade escalates into danger when Liam passes himself off as his own father and wins a trip to a new theme park in China with his friend Florida, where they will be the first to experience an out-of-this-world new thrill ride. 'The Rocket' turns out to be a real rocket, and the novel opens with Liam and four other kids literally lost in space. What follows is a hilarious and heartfelt examination of 'dadliness' in all its forms, including idiotic competitiveness and sports chatter, but also genuine care and concern. Luckily for the errant space cadets, Liam possesses skills honed playing World of Warcraft online yes, here is a novel, finally, that confirms that playing computer games can be good for you. A can't-miss offering from an author whose latest novel may be his best yet. Ages 8 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A book much like the mysterious, inviting woods it describes. Step in to find friendship, magic, and surprises.
A little girl who can only sleep during the day grows from something of an isolated town oddity to the heiress of an ancient legacy of magic and music.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Exquisitely illustrated, this gentle, satisfyingand#160;young fantasy is filled with unforgettable, quirky charactersand#160; and imagery. A perfect read-aloud, it shows how one can find friends in the unlikeliest of placesandmdash;windowsills, rabbit burrows, the library.
and#160;and#160;and#160; Debut author Christopher Pennell casts a spell with his irresistible adventure while illustrator Rebecca Bondand#39;s pen-and-ink drawings perfectly capture this atmospheric world and contribute to the feel of a timeless classic. Step into the mysterious woods of Whistle Root and feel the magic.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER PENNELL studied briefly at Yale but graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in German and Psychology. The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root is his first novel, which he began writing after he and his wife moved into a house with a small woods behind it and their daughter was born.REBECCA BOND grew up in the tiny village of Peacham in northeastern Vermont. When she is not having fun painting and writing, Rebecca is busy fixing up her new (to her) old house in a neighborhood in Jamaica Plain, Boston.