- 出版社: Createspace Independent Pub (2013年2月27日)
- 平装: 230页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1482659697
- 条形码: 9781482659696
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 318 g
- ASIN: 1482659697
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Mary Baker: And the Eye of the Tiger (英语) 平装 – 2013年2月27日
Mary Baker isnt happy. Shes bullied by a mother who hates her and her mothers boyfriend is a redneck plumber with a big gut. Its only the mysterious surprises that keep happening to her that make her life fun. Or interesting. Like the anonymous gifts that come in the mail or the flocks of black birds that follow her. Then one day, a death and a mysterious, magical stone with symbols on it, called The Eye of the Tiger, bring her great wealth and a new life attending a school of white magic. This sometimes amusing adventure includes misspells which hit the wrong people with funny results, and real spells and rituals that have powerful consequences. Mary isnt sure if her real father is true evil, but spirits hint she has a royal destiny.All is going well until a hooded figure somehow steals her stone from its secret room. Now, her great wealth in jeopardy, Mary and her friends soon find themselves in real danger as they come up against a young woman who cant decide if shes evil or good and a truly evil sorcerer, who just wants the stone for the wealth it will bring.
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I personally don't care for any fantasy type books, but my niece loves them and found this one to be a winner. I enjoyed it as well for two reasons.
One, the book starts off very "normal." Mary is a very believable character and her situation isn't too out of the ordinary. I don't know if it's as an adult or simply as a reader, but I appreciated the familiarity in the beginning.
Two, I found the pacing to be awesome. Because I don't read fantasy as much, I thought I'd be bombarded with magic, unbelievable character actions, and out of the ordinary scenarios.
To my surprise the pacing made it fairly easy to enjoy just the right amount of fantasy; and with a story line that can hold anyone's attention, I, like my niece, give this title 5/5 stars.
If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will love this book. There were hateful parents, mysterious relatives, a large inheritance, a magical school, and a handful of good friends to help protect the eye of the tiger stone. The best part was that this story was from the perspective of a young girl, instead of a boy, so you're getting a completely different experience.
Busby was my favorite character! What an adorable, amazingly smart bird! And his role in the book was incredibly important.
This book grabs you the instant you begin reading it, and takes you for a fun ride! Read it. You won't regret it.
Novels for young adults seldom, if ever, achieve a compelling balance of elements that speaks to the reader--this one DOES, and then some. It's high intellect hand-in-hand with coherency. It's magical wonder alongside sober truths. It's grit and courage leavened with hope and imagination. It's conceptual depth that makes minds of all ages (emphasis on all ages! truly!) glitter with the long-lost prosperity of what it's like to get beautifully lost in a book. In times where we rip and tear our way through our kindle pages against the clock, this novel brings me back to the ambient love of reading I had years ago when a sunny window and a terrific book were the greatest fruits this life had to offer.
Most importantly: It's a story about life *AND* it's a story about living--something else very, very rare in our written world.
Another thing I found extremely refreshing was Cherubim's painstaking care for authenticity--she never patronizes her own story, which is a habit some writers of all-consuming fantasy or intense adventure often have because of the dramatic value that elevates these imaginative genres from certain parts of our reality. Cherubim's characters and their adventures, their growth, their ambitions, their hopes, fears, dreams, and wills are remarkable in authenticity because of Cherubim's sincerity in the art of fantasy and exploration.
Many adults writing similar themes typically reveal in their phrasing a tone that condescends their own magic-founded plots and actions, which in turn undermines reader and the story itself. Cherubim's novel is a HIGHLY rejuvenating remedy to this pattern because, as a writer and a storyteller, it's easy to see that she respects the dignity of the fantastic, the extraordinary, the sublime, the mysterious.
She also gives a mature touch to a story about young people--she has confidence in their abilities, in their intelligence, their perseverance, and their resourcefulness, even though they are children. Mary Baker's life of abuse, for instance, is chillingly honest but artfully never leaves the reader feeling hopeless as Mary endures and overcomes adversity with the strength and sharp wits we tend to only associate with adult protagonists. This is so, so important, as young people capable of heroism speak to young readers with a message of "Just because you are young doesn't mean you can't achieve greatness." This is the stuff that makes us love to read--when books transport us, when books teach us, when books tell us that our dreams and hopes aren't silly or ridiculous. When strong, purposeful writing gives confidence to a reader's ability both as a dreamer and as a critical thinker, you get one heck of a pearl.
Because of this brilliant realism, "Mary Baker" is a radiant tale with universal eye-level appeal. We so often underestimate children, and even more often do we underestimate the sheer magnitude and resonance of or about a story for children, teens, and young adults. But once every now and again there comes along a writer who reminds us what treasures and potential are in this literature; there's a reason we call Roald Dahl, C. S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and J. K. Rowling some of the single greatest literary influences of all time. Cherubim would suit their "Algonquin Round Table" of imagination and magic precisely.
In short, I can't remember the last time I felt so inspired by a book. "Mary Baker" hits the spot you never knew you were hungry for. Cherubim has absolutely raised the bar with this one, and I eagerly await her next publication.
I must give this to my niece for her birthday. Finally an adventure I am proud to share with my kids!
Loved it, loved it, loved it! Five Stars all the way.
Selenia Brown, a powerful sorceress who lives across town, is very aware of Mary Baker's unrealized magic prowess. And when Grandpa Hal comes for a rare visit his daughter rudely ejects him.
In a breezy writing style, Cherubim brings readers into Mary Baker's universe where a bright cockatoo named Busby steals expensive jewelry, and there's a magical stone, the Tiger's Eye, that can make its owner wealthy beyond imagination.
Though there are a few editorial glitches throughout the novel, Mary Baker and the Eye of the Tiger is a book you'll hate to put down.