Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Star from Kirkus!


The first review of The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester is a star from Kirkus!


"The short, sad life of Tooley Graham was over," doesn't sound like a happy conclusion but is pitch perfect in this short, simple and endearing middle-grade novel that follows on the heels of The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis (2009).

Owen Jester is focused on several things during his summer vacation: finding a way to keep his trapped "pet" bullfrog alive and happy, locating what fell off a train with a loud crash! one night and keeping annoying next-door neighbor Viola—who knows everything—out of their business as he schemes with his two best friends, Stumpy and Travis. The discovery of a sleek, red two-person submarine in the brush alongside the tracks changes everything. Can three young, girl-hating boys and a willing and very able—and tolerant--girl move a submarine to Graham Pond? If they manage that, will they ever be able to pilot it?

In the heat of a languid Georgia summer vacation, in the dreams of irrepressible youth, anything is possible. O'Connor has spun a lovely read that perfectly captures the schemes and plans of school-age kids in the long days of summer. (Fiction. 8-11)

2 comments:

proseandkahn said...

Congratulations! It's on my "waiting for" list. I would've read it even without the starred review. Stars are good though, quite fine.

brenda

Susanne Drazic said...

I've added this book to my to be read book list.

How to Steal a Dog is also on that ever growing list of books I want to read. I've heard so many wonderful things about the book.