Windblowne

Windblowne

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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Hapless Oliver, who lives in the trees in the town of Windblowne, seeks his eccentric great-uncle Gilbert's help in creating a kite for the all-important kite festival, but when Gilbert suddenly disappears, Oliver is guided by one of Gilbert's kites in a quest through different worlds to find him.
Publisher: New York : Random House Children's Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375861956
0375861955
Branch Call Number: MESSE
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 22 cm.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 23, 2012

Here you have a book that takes world building to a whole new level. And Messer isn’t content to build only one world, but several, not a single one anything like our own. If sentient kites and evil twins are up your kid’s alley, prepare for a soaring, diving, crazed and thoroughly enjoyable ride into a place where priorities are strictly of the air-based variety.

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May 21, 2010

This is a gorgeously executed debut novel! Stephen Messer puts forth an excellent story for a first book, with endearing Oliver for a main character and an empathetic red kite as his sidekick. He crosses over worlds and meets doubles of his Great-uncle Gilbert (evil and not), his own town and even himself. The twists and connections from all worlds tie up this story beautifully, and the cover and design are fantastic.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 23, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 23, 2012

Oliver’s a pretty easy kid to figure out. Basically he just wants one thing: to be a champion kite-smith. The kind that builds brilliant kites and wins competitions with them with ease. In Windblowne, all the kids are kite crazy and Oliver’s no exception. The rub? He’s probably the worst kite builder (and even worse flyer) anyone has ever laid eyes on. His talents are, as they say, in other areas. So when Oliver goes to visit his potentially crackpot Great-uncle Gilbert for kite advice, he has no idea what he’ll find. He certainly doesn’t expect to be attacked by nasty evil kites or to watch his uncle disappear before his eyes. He doesn’t expect a special red kite of his Great-uncle’s design to carry him away to other worlds where there are other Olivers and Gilberts out there with very different talents and personalities. And he certainly couldn’t have expected to become the only hope for all the different worlds, slowly dying thanks to one of the evil Gilberts’ schemes. Oliver has talents in other areas, all right. Heroic talents, and it’s time for him to discover them and put them to the test.

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