Monday, April 22, 2013

Bibliophile's Corner

The Book of Story Beginnings
by Kristin Kladstrup

Amazon Description:
Oscar Martin was fourteen when he mysteriously disappeared from his Iowa farmhouse home in June 1914. His sister claimed Oscar had rowed out to sea - but how was that possible? There is no ocean in Iowa. When, nearly a century later, Lucy Martin and her parents move from their city apartment to that same farmhouse in Iowa, it is not long before Lucy discovers the strange and dangerous BOOK OF STORY BEGINNINGS. And it's not long before Oscar reappears in a bizarre turn of events that sends the two distant relatives on a perilous journey to save Lucy's father.

My Thoughts:
There is so much to like about this delightful middle grade novel: great character development, an intriguing plot, enchanting setting descriptions, and the subtle message about the importance of choosing to be happy. Although the pace of the story slowed a bit in the middle, this book is a wonderful read for both boys and girls from the ages of eight to fourteen!


  1. This book sounds good. I like the idea of it, finding something from the past that leads to a great story.

    1. I found this story to be very imaginative and unique. The author also left herself room to follow up with subsequent books by setting up a format with the magical book of story beginnings. Thanks, Loree. Have a great week!

  2. This sounds like a fun book. Elements of magic, time travel perhaps. I can imagine a series taking off with this concept.

  3. I agree, Brandi. Hope you have an awesome week!