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Book Title: The Boundless|
The author of the book: Kenneth Oppel
ISBN 13: 9781442472884
Edition: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: April 22nd 2014
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.22 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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A truly great book that kept me up - reading - all in just one evening. An evening that flew by and very little laundry was folded and put away. This isn't the first Kenneth Oppel book that I've read (or read aloud to my kids) that made me think it would make a fantastic movie. We loved it. I'm always on the edge of my seat when I read that he'll publish something new but I almost felt like I'd won the lottery when I saw the blog post where he mentioned all of the research for this book. It's like a gift to parents when a popular author ties his suspenseful story telling to things that actually happened in our country's history (I know that some parts were fictional; but not the sasquatches, right?) I couldn't stop talking about this book when I had finished it but my kids just grabbed it right up when they saw the name on the front cover and stopped listening to my enthusiasms.
There really is something a bit magical about his writing. The sentences all seem to knit together in your mind and make the scenes come alive on an internal movie screen. We had a lot of fun talking about train that the novel is named after; would it actually be possible to have a steam engine that was several kilometres long? Would people choose to travel on it the same way they did in this book? Would Will Evrett's father really have risen so quickly in the railway organization? Some of the technical discussions we had about the train related to the way Oppel described the flying ships in the Airborn or the libraries of the mansion in Such Wicked Intent... and then we also started thinking about the trains that Katniss and Peeta travel on. We did agree it was a book for middle-grade kids and not an easy sell to teens, however some super fans will love reading it anyway. No risk here. Sasquatches and a windigo! Come on, it's Canadiana at it's very best.
This book has given us so much to talk about at home and I know families will love it. It is high on my list for gift giving (shhhh) but I will also pass it out to patrons at the library, much as I have with other fantastic books Kenneth Oppel has written. This guy always has a 100% success rate for me at work. Any patron or parent that takes home an Oppel book comes back happy and I know they'll feel the same way about this book. It's one of his best and I am so grateful (even though I woke up very tired the morning after I read it - too little sleep).
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Read information about the authorI was born in 1967 in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia...At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer (this came after deciding I wanted to be a scientist, and then an architect). I started out writing sci-fi epics (my Star Wars phase) then went on to swords and sorcery tales (my Dungeons and Dragons phase) and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games (written, of course, during my video game phase). It turned out to be quite a long story, really a short novel, and I rewrote it the next summer. We had a family friend who knew Roald Dahl - one of my favourite authors - and this friend offered to show Dahl my story. I was paralysed with excitement. I never heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but he read my story, and liked it enough to pass on to his own literary agent. I got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take me on, and try to sell my story. And they did.
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