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Beth's Review: Secrets of the Book by Erin Fry


KINDLE UNLIMITED PUBLISHER: Brilliance Audio

NARRATOR: Todd Haberkorn RELEASED: March 18, 2014 GENRE: CHILDRENS, SCIFI, FANTASY LENGTH: 5 hours and 2 minutes FORMAT: EBOOK, AUDIBLE, PAPERBACK

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You don’t choose the book—the book chooses you.

Sixth grader Spencer Lemon has a degenerative eye disease—and he’s rapidly losing his eyesight. So he has no idea why he was chosen to guard Pandora’s Book. When Ed, the old guy at the nursing home, hands over the book, he doesn’t get a chance to explain any of the rules to Spencer. Spencer only knows that the book contains famous dead people—people who can be brought back to life. Spencer and his autistic best friend, Gregor, soon figure out how to get people out of the book, but not how to get them back in. Then Ed disappears, and a strange man shows up on Spencer’s doorstep—and he seems to know a lot about Spencer and about Pandora’s Book. Is he one of the bad guys? Or is here to help Spencer unravel the secrets of the book? But there are others interested in Pandora’s Book, others who might use its powers to take over the world. And it’s up to Spencer, along with Gregor and Ed’s mysterious (and cute) granddaughter Mel, to protect the book—and save the world. FIVE (4.5) BOUNDLESS STARS

I loved this book! This story has so much fun, excitement, adventure, AND history. I know we should never judge a book by its cover, but I have to say; Secrets of the Book’s cover makes it appear to be a children’s book. It is, but it’s so much more. Readers of all ages will enjoy this book. History buffs will love this book. Teachers will love this book. Mothers will love this book and appreciate the fact that they can listen to it with the kids in the car. I highly recommend it for your next road trip with the kids. The only negative to that was; my 11-year-old demanded I NOT listen to it unless she was in the car too. She didn’t want to miss a thing! My only question is; will there be a second book? It reads perfectly as a stand-alone and doesn’t end in a cliffhanger at all, but I just felt there was more to learn. I felt there’s more of this story to tell. More “details” to the story, and more of a backstory for a few characters. I want more. Overall, I love the characters, especially the two exceptional children. I appreciate a story that includes special needs children just as they are; just kids. I loved the story, and how it was told. The writing is wonderful. A strong 4.5 Boundless Stars. The narrator did a great job too.


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