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The Book of Nonsense (Sacred Books Series #1)

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17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

enjoyable mystery/fantasy

Daphna and Dexter Wax are twins who are turning thirteen. Their father, Milton Wax, is a dealer in rare books who must be gone from home for weeks and even months at a time on book scouting hunts. The twins' mother, Shimona, who was also a rare book dealer, had been k...
Daphna and Dexter Wax are twins who are turning thirteen. Their father, Milton Wax, is a dealer in rare books who must be gone from home for weeks and even months at a time on book scouting hunts. The twins' mother, Shimona, who was also a rare book dealer, had been killed in Turkey by an earthquake looking for books shortly after their birth. Daph and Dex are taken care of by their father's assistant and secretary, Latty Pellonia. Milton returns with a very rare book that is ancient, ravaged, and full of nonsense and goes to sell it to a used book dealer, Asterius Rash, who has opened up a new bookstore, the Antiquarian Book Center, in their neighborhood. All of a sudden, bizarre things start to happen. After meeting Rash, their father is suddenly distant as if he had been hypnotized. And Rash's assistant, a red-eyed boy named Emmet, is menacing them. Does their thirteenth birthday have anything to do with all this? And how does Dexter's tutor, an elderly woman named Ruby Scharlach, fit in?
First, I will say that this book, which is Volume I of the "Sacred Books" Series, is somewhat odd, but I suspect that it was intended to be so. However, next I will say that it is a very well-written and exciting story that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Parents may want to know that there is a little bit of what is usually considered bad language, namely a vulgar term for urination and one curse word which is said to be very uncharacteristic of the utterer (Milton in his seemingly hyptonized state). The scene near the end where there is quite a bit of shooting and killing may be a little intense for sensitive children. Daph and Dex each have their issues with one another, in fact, they "can't stand each other," and with their father who is gone so much. There are some instances of skipping school, disobedience, lying, and other bad attitudes, but in the end they all learn to work together to find the truth. However, if you do not mind these things and like adventures with some mystery, fantasy, and even magic thrown in, you will probably enjoy this book. Also, there is a sensitive portrayal of dyslexia incorporated in the plot.

posted by storiesforchildren on December 2, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Is it a good book

I love books i do not know if i should read it help

posted by 16950200 on July 14, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Archive the book

    Archive the book

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    read me

    How do we delete books? I really need to know... please answer me

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Underdeveloped

    Underdeveloped characters, annoyingly immature, couldn't get through the book, too trite

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Is it a good book

    I love books i do not know if i should read it help

    1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Should I??????????

    Is this book worth my space on my NOOKcolor and wortg my zero money? And also would anyone reccomend this book for an 11y year old girl cause i don't really know if i should i mean so far everything i have gitten that was free was a peice of crap... oh yeah and i'm new to this do people really use these as a social talking thing????

    0 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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