I really admire Gennifer Choldenko for trying to try out
new genres She s a terrific writer but I don t think this matches her other recent stuffThis book didn genres She s a terrific writer but I don t think this matches her other recent stuffThis book didn work for me More importantly it didn t work for for my 12 year old who couldn t e When three siblings get on a lane to go live with their Uncle Red they are whisked away to a mysterious land get on a The Age of Apollyon plane to go live with their Uncle Red they are whisked away to a mysterious land Falling Bird where they must choose to become citizens or remainassengers and try to return home The temptations are many and the siblings have to deal with their grief over leaving their old home and decide if they truly are willing to step into a new adventure with their Uncle Red Each of the children deals with their turmoil in a different way and they make emotional choices in the face of dangerThe lot is all over the lace and there are a lot of things that are left unexplained When the children first arrive in Falling Bird they are each given their dream home complete with all their favorite foods games and even a Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples parental figure wholays with them and understands them erfectly Then the dream home is taken away from them and they are told that it is necessary for the next art of their journey But it is never explained why that was necessary or what The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 part it reallylayed in the The National Debt: A Short History plot Why tempt the children to stay in Falling Bird as citizens and then take away the dream home and still expect them to stay It was just badly explained or something Didn t make sense to me There were a LOT of things like that which did not make sense or didn t fit in with the rest of the storyI really liked the interactions between the siblings They are always arguing and they each have their own weird uirksThe writing is good the dialogue is hilarious and sharp but I just can t getast how disjointed the Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific plot was And then the ending was so disgustinglyathetic One of those it was all a dream deals and I HATE thoseIt also has a rotating POV between the three children and I HATE changing POVs UrghAnother thing that bothered me is that the children are all still dealing with the grief of losing their father in a car accident six years before This issue is addressed several times and we see the kids acting badly because of their heightened emotions being kind to each other because their dad would have been and talking about him and how much they miss him but then the issue is never resolved It s just left out there with this horrible grief and they never come to a good conclusion or a little life lesson to help them So many things unresolved The ARC I read apparently had several ages missing Strangely this did not seem to impact the overall uality of this fantasy novel which read like did not seem to impact the overall uality of this fantasy novel which read like everything but the kitchen sink fever dream crammed with random details that neither advanced nor enhanced the lot I have a feeling this is going to be one of those love it or hate it novels and the coming months will see its ardent fans ushing for this to win the Newbery those who liked Horvath s EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE Potter s THE KNEEBONE BOY or Grey s FALCON S EGG and while a few of us detractors will be standing on the sidelines sputtering Butbutbut While the ending seemed a little short and there were uite a few umaswered uestions this book was a fascinating read and a good discussion starter for tween readers It is the kind of book you want to go back and reread once you know the ending India Finn and Mouse whose mother has just lost their house to the bank are traveling alone to go live with their uncle in Colorado To their surprise the airport where they land is strangely empty and a feathered taxi takes them to the mysteriously welcoming city of Falling Bird where they are treated like royaltyat firstI just didn t get this book It had overtones of The Give. Siblings India Finn and Mouse are stunned when their mom tells them they are flying that night without her to their Uncle Red's home in Colorado But things take an even dramatic turn when their lane lands in a very unusual lace A mysterio. ,
R and Wrinkle In Time and Wizard of Oz but for me it just didn t coalesce I think it s because things were either never really explained or I didn t get the explanation In The Giver the world was explained enough to make sense In Wrinkle In Time they went into another world that really existed in the world of the book Ditto Wizard of Oz In this book you just don t know if Falling Bird was real or not and that bugged me know if Falling Bird was real or not and that bugged me the author wanted to leave it ambiguous the city was just there to teach the kids a lesson after all but I just wanted to know at least enough to form my own conclusions I also thought the teen girl was a completely unsympathetic character I don t care that maybe her behavior and attitudes were teen appropriate I just wanted to slap her most of the time and hoped she d get left behind I wanted the author to ull a Susan on her think Narnia This odd winding and dreamlike story concerns the three Tompkins kids Their single mother who has been financially struggling to keep their California house announces that the bank will be taking it The children beautiful and self centred India 14 responsible worrisome Finn 12 and genius Aspie child Mouse 6 must fly out the next night to Denver Colorado to begin living with Uncle Red Their mother will finish the school year in California with her grade 6 class hoping she will get a recommendation towards a new teaching osition However the The Hiding Place plane flight ends abruptly and the children find themselvesicked up not by Uncle Red but by Chuck a child taxi driver impersonating an adult They are taken to the city of Falling Bird rather than Fort Baker where Uncle Red lives Initially Falling Bird
is the land of wish fulfillment all of the siblings are giventhe land of wish fulfillment all of the siblings are given own dream houses dream foods dream experiences and dream arent substitutes but the dreams end as abruptly as the lane flight did The children fall from a great height each in his or her own way and begin a race against time in this bizarre rule bound city with its walls tunnels silver rooms and its sky blue uniformed men and women The young taxi driver has told the kids that their lives somehow depend utting three wooden uzzle The Elephants Journey pieces together finding a tunnel dog and recovering a black boxI have to say I was wondering how the author was going to translate the dream logic and tie up the story When she did it madeerfect sense of course However this two hour reading journey with its apparently disconnected happenings strange gadgets and rides in trams carts and segways just felt too long In real life unless one is a Jungian analyst Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' perhapseople s eyes tend to glaze over when another erson recounts the intricate details of last night s dream The dreamlike seuences that fill approximately 23 of this book rovided a comparative reading challengeSadly the bulk of the tale focuses on India the superficial and unpleasant eldest child It makes sense of course because she is the one who most needs to grow Unfortunately being with her so much of the time was not Changing Face of the Hero particularly enjoyableCholdenko most definitely can write but all the odd bits andieces did not seem to fit together enough to make an understandable or logical at least in The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry places narrative The resolution made sense of most of the earlier experiences and even cast them in a deeperhilosophical light Much StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story patience is reuired in reading this challenging text and Iersonally would have appreciated being thrown a bone or two along the wayI admire what the author was trying to do or at least what I think she was trying to do It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life provide us with a sort of metaphysical soul rendering of ahysical experience but in the end I don t think it uite worked Young readers may surprise me by liking this story but may gut feeling is that many simp. Us driver meets them at the airport; when he drops them off at their destination each kid suddenly has a clock with a different amount of time left If the time runs out they have to become Lignin Biodegradation permanent citizens in alace they don't recognize.
review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Gennifer CholdenkoLy won t stick with it long enough to find out what was really going on I hate to do it but I m going to have to call this book a complete failure I was with the story until the Pure Chance plane trip that landed the kids in Falling Bird At thatoint the story bounced around so much that it was impossible to follow and enjoy I think it was ossible to craft a story "in this world that did not feel so disjointed but for "this world that did not feel so disjointed but for reason Choldenko chose to leave that reader in complete darkness and just when you started to follow a thread she would switch to one of the other narrators and jump forward so much that you always felt like you were missing ages from the book The ending did give me chills but I believe she had this idea in her head with a great ending and was just in too big of a rush to get there that she left everyone else behind You have to wait for good things to happen wait and wait and work so hard but bad things occur out of the blue like fire alarms triggered in the dead of night blaring randomly a shock of sound a chatter of current from which there is no turning backThe three Tompkins siblings dramatic charmer India level headed worrier Finn and eculiarly clever Mouse are unhappy assengers on a flight bound for Colorado Back home in California their mother has just told them that their house is about to be repossessed and they will be living with their Uncle Red while Mom stays behind to tie up loose ends India is furious about having to leave her best friend behind Finn is concerned about how their family will move forward Mouse is confused by the whole situation but her invisible friend Bing is always there to reassure her Even when the lane lands in a lace called Falling Bird where they are welcomed warmly and each given a dream home to live in It will take all three of them to get back home but do they all want to goThis is a weird book and I mean that in the best Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church possible way A Phantom Tollbooth kind of way It starts off like a realistic novel three mostly normal kids are hit with the horrible news that they are about to lose their home And then it takes a sharp turn into fantasy while all three kids keep trying to make logical sense of things The narrative shifts between each siblings firsterson erspective in alternating chapters and Choldenko s creation of three distinct voices is spot on Little Mouse is articularly delightful While the time ressure the children face is keenly felt the uick aced action is never rushed There is family drama at the heart of this story wrapped in a satisfying blend of mystery and fantasy Three siblings India Finn and Mouse are ut on a lane to stay with an
Uncle In Colorado Abruptly Thein Colorado Abruptly the lands and the three arrive in a strange and mysterious National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 place Where are they And how can they return homeNo Passengers Beyond This Point is an odd adventure of a book where the kids meet uirky characters in alace that seems like a aradisebut is it And what happens when everything
Changes I Am Totally Blown Away By This Book AtI am totally blown away by this book at moment I just read it straight through However I think after it s sat with me a bit I might not like it uite as much I knowweird right Well sometimes books get me emotionally and I totally LOVE them right when I finish but after thinking about it with my writer brain instead of my reader brain I start finding things that maybe didn t work so well for me after all I am afraid that will happen here But for now I love it And if you re a kid and not a writer I think it s robably Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism pretty good The mainroblem I have with it even right now is the changing narrator It s too confusing I think it either should ve been in third Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory person or the boy sov The Charming the Firefighter plot would ve had to change to be told in firsterson from one POV thou. Or understand Only if they work together can they call the driver back to help get them where they really belong Suspenseful funny dramatic and thought rovoking this is a book that will stay with you long after you read the incredible endi.