WRESTLING WITH TOM SAWYER 4 STARS
Book 4 in THE ENCHANTED ATTIC series
by L.L. Samson (pen name for Lisa Samson)
Published August 6th 2013 by Zonderkidz
OVERVIEW: (FROM GOODREADS)
There's no one under the sun like Tom Sawyer! School is back in session, and all of Kingscross is abuzz with news of a burglar specializing in fine antiques and rare books. Seven Hills Rare Books has battened down the hatches. Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the monthly party, 'Bare Feet and a Straw Hat Never Hurt Anybody.' For the 'evening with Mark Twain, ' Ophelia has set to reading Tom Sawyer, and the gang agrees that the mischievous boy should be brought into Real World. He'd be a refreshing change, much easier to handle, and they could easily pass him off as a student. However, Tom immediately picks a fight with Walter, falls in love with Ophelia, and tries to one-up Linus's scientific discoveries with tales of treasure hunting and cave exploring. When Ophelia is kidnapped by the thief, Tom is determined to save her like he did Becky Thatcher. The question is, will it be too late?
Three kids find an abandoned attic that used to a secret magical lab. There they bring characters out of the classic books and read them into reality. No surprise, they get caught and get in trouble. I haven't read the first three books in this ENCHANTED ATTIC series. WRESTLING WITH TOM SAWYER is book 4. I have to get the first three and read them. I know they are for the middle grade students but they are just as interesting for the young at heart. I liked the book,for one thing, there is a combination of education and humor. The story is told by a janitor of Kingscross University who sometimes feels he is a little more intelligent that he really is. He adds information that are probably unknown to middle school students. There is a list at the end which has discussion questions to use as a group or by yourself. I really enjoyed this book. WRESTLING WITH TOM SAWYER ended up having a good moral to its story. I feel young readers need more books like this where a lesson is taught along with the fun and excitement of the read.It's also a short read which will hold their attention where a longer book might not. Sometimes their attention span is not very long. I'm one of those young at heart, but I still liked it and can't wait to read the first three. I would recommend this book to the young and the young at heart. Read and enjoy. Thanks Ms. Samson for the wonderful books.
I would give this book 4 STARS.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by ZonderKiz on behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received for this review.
L. L. Samson (pen name for Lisa Samson) is the author of several books, including the Christy award-winning novel, Songbird. In 2012, she debuted the Enchanted Attic series with Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame, followed by the second book, Saving Moby Dick and this year’s Dueling with the Three Musketeers. She lives with her husband in Lexington, Kentucky.