Along with his friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver sets out to rescue his missing parents. On their perilous journey the friends meet evil islands, a boy called Stacey (not a girl’s name) and more sea monkeys than you can wave some seaweed at.
This imaginative, odd and original book was so much fun to read! A great adventurous read for both boys and girls. These eccentric characters are so easy to love, and you will learn life lessons without even realizing it.
This was another book I found in the 9-12 section, which is completely fine, however; I would recommend this book to kids around 7 years old and up. wayyy up. Go ahead adults, indulge. It was a crazy quick read with wonderful illustrations, and I enjoyed every silly minute of it!
Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty—or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it. . . .
I have to admit, I was not thrilled to be reading this book. Recommended to me by a friend i thought i would give it a shot. I assumed that it would be unbearingly boring. A girl sitting on her roof shooting at people and animals that get too close to her lake? yawn.
While a lot of the book took place on the roof looking through a scope of her riffle, there was also a lot of emotion, thought provoking ideas, complex relationships and surprisingly graphic gore. It was a much better story than I thought it would be.
I am also excited to read book number two and find out what happens next. ” In a Handful of Dust” takes place 10 years after the conclusion of book number one, and it sounds like they go on an adventure, and a large one at that!