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Paul Glennon. Bookweird
Doubleday Canada  $14.95  ISBN 978-0-385-66547-6  250 pg.
Reviewed by Joe Age 13

“By the Maker, what creature’s that?” one nervous, hoarse voice asked.

“Must be a bear, by the size of it,” another replied unconvincingly.

“That’s never a bear. Just look at it. It ‘as hardly a hair on it. What manner of bear looks like that?” 

Norman has discovered that his favourite book The Undergrowth has a page missing and he doesn’t know why. The next thing he knows, he wakes up in his book.  He has to figure out a way to get out of the book, and back into the real world.  While trying to find his way out, he meets Malcolm, the pirate prince of the Undergrowth.  He earns the respect of Malcolm’s companions, when he saves him from the crows.

Bookweird is an enjoyable fantasy fiction novel.  I think this book would be great for readers under 12, as it may not interest older readers.  Paul Glennon has a distinctive way of writing that is unlike other authors I have read.  He includes different genres of books within this story, and it varies from a girl’s horse story to an adult’s murder mystery. He is the author of two other books: The Dodecahedron: or a Frame for Frames and How did you Sleep?

Bookweird was a really enjoyable book.  It grabbed me and didn’t let go.  The first chapter was quite interesting because I didn’t expect it to start the way it did.  I liked how the main character Norman jumped into different books, and was able to change the course of the story entirely.  I also liked how Paul Glennon used animals as characters, because that was fun to imagine.  I think the story came to a good conclusion, as it gave me the impression that it could have really happened.

I give Bookweird 4 stars!

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