Ing from a coal mine Then he "Too He Disappeared Three Months Later When " he disappeared Three months later when search for him was called off his 12 year old son Elliot went to search for him Luckily Elliot met up with Lefty a young girl who was searching for a brother who had gone to work in the coal mines but never returned Soon the two of them nded up racing for their lives from Mr Nogard a malevolent rat like manTheir search takes them deep underground into the world of Penumbra a world long ago fractured into a Dry side and a Water side a world mbroiled in a battle between good and vil There s a dragon there s the insects so big they could chomp off a child s head in one bite and of course there s The Wicked Prince of Every Place himself It s a world wherein it appears that this vil creature Prince Levane a monstrosity composed of insects and ruler of the Dry might win He collects child slaves to work his diamond mines and feed the water devouring moon he has created If he manages to win he will destroy all of Penumbra and the upper world with it It s up to Elliot to travel across a fiery sea climb a living mountain meet up with Tosia ueen of the Water and convince her to help him rescue Lefty his father the other child slaves and the arth itself Nolan has manufactured a sinister world here She is gifted with the ability to craft sentences that set a dark and ominous atmosphere Elliot has barely left home when tension and suspense is stablished in a few lines The landscape faded as dread darkness crept on spider legs across the fields Nightfall always left him feeling like there wasn t nough air in the world Wasps have an important role in this saga Hints of their role are revealed through the fascinating wasp facts that precede ach new chapter This Is A Story About Trust About Foolish a story about trust about foolish about love and loss and heartache It s about redemption and new beginnings It s also very creepy which makes it an ideal horror story for my readersIt has an intense beginning which is sure to pull readers in When the initial xcitement faded I had to work a bit to stay ngaged To be honest I was sick when I started this and maybe nothing would really have grabbed me by the throat and kept me nthralled Still I was too often frustrated by the foolish decisions these children made I also wanted from Lefty who was relegated to the role of damsel in distress never mind her plucky beginningIn spite of my uibbles I can think of a number of readers off the top of my head who will love this dark and satisfying read I haven t read a book that kept me glued to it in a while This one did The Dry was like an xciting combination of Stephen King and Tolkein It reminded me a lot of the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King but in a style that children and adults could understand and njoy The setting of the book is fantastical and the description detailed You can visualize and feel The Dry ambience which permeates the book This is not just a uest it is also a coming of age portrayal of Elliot Sweeney and how he learns adapts and becomes stronger with ach new monstrosity that threatens him His little fellowship is uirky and ndearing and you can t help but fall in love with ach of the characters Even the bad guys bugs or worse have well developed personalitiesI am in awe of the creativeness of Rebecca Nolen s mind To create a fantasy that is terrifying but believable is true genius An xciting read and a wonderful adventure Expose yourself to your deepest fear after that fear has no power and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes You are free Jim MorrisonRL Nolen an American author has penned an nticing as well as thrilling middle grade book The Dry which traces the journey of a 12 year old boy who mbarks on a path to search for his newspaper
Journalist Father Who Went Missing father who went missing he went to look for the missing children possibly involved in child slavery in some dilapidated part of a strange and mysterious mine townSynopsis West Virginia 1895A deadly dry spell has left the arth parched and souls desperate Crops are failing Cities are starving A missing newspaper man doesn t account for much in times so terrible xcept to the twelve year old son he left behind Wh. His worst nightmares and lands smack in the middle of a war between two kingdoms Monstrous insects smiling villains and dark riddles are verywhere Deciding who to trust may prove to be his greatest challenge while the fate of the world above hangs on Elliot's choice. ,
Without preamble Nolen rips right into the story and character building at a wonderful pace What an intricate maze of a plot What magnificent colours
AND DESCRIPTIONS AND THE SOUNDS MADEdescriptions And the sounds made giant insects is surreal I never knew only female wasps sting or that
there is a cicada wasp and a fairy wasp Or many of those other interesting ntomological gemsAnd whatis a cicada wasp and a fairy wasp Or many of those other interesting The Shadow Reader entomological gemsAnd what awesome picture book or animated movie this would make CS Lewis Tolkein Stephen King Starfish falling off the sky water babies a blind burro giant insects and caves and light andslave children making diamond dust way down in the minesThe boy Elliot who is only twelve chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice in his attempt to rescue his father a reporter investigating child slave labor And the adventures this lad goes through on his uest for the greater good are truly mind blowing Young or old this book is gripping Reminiscent of Curdy s Goblin worlds of George MacDonald and the anything can happen uest of the Wizard of Oz the Dry mixes cruel coal mining conditions with a fantastical underworld magical creatures and bugs than you can shake a stick at The wasps featured prominently on the side ofvil but Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies ended up being portrayed as ultimately good a conclusion which my many wasp stinged memories have trouble with An uncomplicated plot and a somewhat guessable twist was cleverly veilednough to be a surprise to younger readers and I m sure that this would be a fun book for parents to read aloud to their kids My favorite part was the burro and the age old adage that sometimes the blind see clearer than anyone I rated it three stars since it didn t hook me particularly and I only finished reading it so that I could provide an honest well rounded critiue that the free review copy deserved Review on The Dry by Rebecca NolenThe Dry is an unexpected late Christmas joy The author ases you into a beautifully sketched world that demands in a soft voice that you stay and njoy the ride The prose is fluid and flows from page to page but never lets go of the reader hand for a moment A very rare feat is that Rebecca Nolen s writing style is instantly accessible to all readers no matter the age or background Another big plus point is the use of The Power Of A Choice emotive language that makes us care deeply for Elliot We want to be there with him on his journey and we want to find out what happens with him If I had to give some critiue and believe me I am nitpicking here I would give background and context to the happenings This will provide a than solid base of understanding for the reader and it will increase themotional resonance ven Maybe a dash character description but that s a minor gripe Marvelous marvelous work Rebecca Nolen You should rightly be proud of an outstanding book The Dry by Rebecca Nolen is a well written and ngaging story about a young man who is searching for his father His search lands him in the very bowels of the planet to find a world that no one would ver believe xisted a desert like world where water is scarce the insects are gigantic and abuses of all manner aboundYoung Elliot is joined on his uest by a girl named Lefty who is searching for her missing brother They are joined by Jack and an adorable blind mule named BeulahRebecca Nolen weaves a fantasy tale that snatches your attention and almost refuses to let go I found her world intriguing and frightening all at once In a few scenes the details were hard for me to visualize and The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right each chapter started with a factoid about wasps While these tidbits of information were fascinating they really had nothing to do with the story within the chapter These two items were a bit distracting it did not detract from my overallnjoyment of the novelI Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling enjoyed The Dry and I am looking forward to reading other works by Ms Nolen I was given this book inxchange for an honest review This book was Monsieur Pain entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards This is what our readers thoughtTitle The Dry Author Rebecca NolanStar Rating 4 starsNumber of Readers 16Readers Comments This is a fun adventure story with lots of fantastaticallements thrown in There s a strong plot and lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested Parent Fantastic cover The story. West Virginia 1895 A deadly dry spell has left the arth parched and souls desperate Crops are failing Cities are starving A missing newspaper man doesn't account for much in times so terrible xcept to the twelve year old son he left behind When Elliot Sweeney disco. .
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Was a little like The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe where Lucy finds a magical world Lots happening Girl aged 10 My class njoyed this story of a boy trying to find his father It is generally well written though I did sopt the odd typo and a few of the paragraphs need a little work I liked the theme too the love of a child for a parent and never giving up But why the wasp facts Odd Still fun for kids to learn Teacher The simile work in this story is very good This author is a good solid writer for children TeacherStatsOf the 16 readers13 would read another book by this author10 thought the best part of the book was the plot3 all teachers
felt the story needed an dit too manythe story needed an dit Too many liked the cover An xciting fantasy filled adventure The Wishing Shelf Awards If you Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. enjoy fantasy adventures like Harry Potter Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass you willnjoy Rebecca Nolen s The Dry The story will ngage young readers and adults alike It is full of adventure that is packed with life lessonsCrisp dialog moves along smoothly making it a pleasure to read aloud Chapters are short so the book is well suited for very busy schedules As the plot thickens a colorful cast of characters offer up much to discuss about courage fear loyalty thics love and the cycle of life Throughout the book clever use of literary techniues paint vivid visual images and plant seeds of wisdom to ponder Such as The stone yielded a bit like old bread dough The revelation left him in an angry disbelieving fugue of shock Along the banks the snow gleamed with the barely there lilac of twilight Elliott to Lefty we d be spotted like two flies in a sugar bowl Tosia to Elliott It isn t the instrument that makes the music Elliott It is the musician Little facts about wasp ntomology that introduce ach chapter collectively create a tutorial to Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, enlighten the reader to the nature of an often misunderstood creatureBeingntertained while learning is a magical combination The Dry achieves both The Dry is a historical fantasy or fairytale set in the late 1890 s of Virginia when children were used to work in the coal mines A desperate drought has taken place in the area and Elliot has been left with his Uncle Nat while his newspaperman father searches out the story of missing children He doesn t return when he s supposed to and so three months past his Il morto di Maigret expected return date Elliot feeling his uncle s disgruntlement at his continued presence sets out to find his fatherElliot travels to a coal mine where the children are forced to work andnds up in a strange world called Penumbra Penumbra is filled with creatures of all sorts that can talk and do all kinds of amazing thingsThere are interesting facts about wasps at the beginning of ach chapter that have nothing to do with the book although there are wasps in the story The author makes a note at the beginning of the book that the facts are there simply so that readers can learn 42 fascinating facts about wasps that they didn t know before all without knowing they were learning something I think that s a wonderful ideaThe Dry is rich with fun language palindromes as well as uniuely and brilliantly descriptive word choices noodley grass tufted across the far bank trees stretched across like a crowd of old men warming their skinny limbsThe Dry is a book that makes the reader think along with Elliot for the words can have a double meanings That s part of the twisting and turning in the plot of the story There s plenty of that and it all happens fairly uickly tooIf you njoy fantasy and fairytales I suggest you give The Dry a read I think you ll njoy it I rated it 4 stars out of 5Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in xchange for a fair and honest review A positive opinion was not reuired All thoughts are my ownThis review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books This review is from my blog at 1895 the state of Virginia was Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition experiencing a deathly dry a drought so intense that thick clouds of dust hung chest high all day Open windows let it inside where it coatedvery surface In the midst of this a journalist Sam Sweeney left his son with his uncle and set off to discover why children were going miss. Vers the search for his father has been called off he boards a train alone to find him His uest leads Elliot into the depths of an abandoned mine with a peculiar pocket watch a blind burro and a gutsy girl at his side He discovers a world he never dreamed of ven in.