The Blue Umbrella: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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When Zac Sparks's mother dies, he's sent to live in Five Corners with his cruel old Aunties. It isn't long before Zac knows something strange is going on. Five Corners is populated with weird characters—a midget butler, a girl who doesn't speak, a blind balloon seller, a mysterious singer, and the Aunties' father, Dada. Zac's first encounter with Dada is so terrifying that he faints dead away.

The one bright spot is Sky Porter, a friendly soul...
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The Blue Umbrella: A Novel

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Overview

When Zac Sparks's mother dies, he's sent to live in Five Corners with his cruel old Aunties. It isn't long before Zac knows something strange is going on. Five Corners is populated with weird characters—a midget butler, a girl who doesn't speak, a blind balloon seller, a mysterious singer, and the Aunties' father, Dada. Zac's first encounter with Dada is so terrifying that he faints dead away.

The one bright spot is Sky Porter, a friendly soul who encourages Zac and shows him kindness. But Sky isn't what he seems either, and when Zac learns Sky's amazing secret he sees that this wonderful man may have a very dark side as well. Discovering that Dada is an evil magician who is intent on stealing the ultimate treasure, Zac knows that many lives are at stake, including his own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781403559
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 909,131
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Mike Mason is the best-selling, award-winning author of The Mystery of Marriage, The Gospel According to Job, Practicing the Presence of People, and many others. He has an M.A. in English and has studied theology at Regent College. He lives in Langley, BC, Canada, with his wife, Karen.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Very readable!

    This book was very exciting. I loved every word of it. In the beginning it was a little slow and boring, but after the first couple of chapters it was a book i couldn't put down. I would definitely recommend this book. Please do yourself the favor of reading this!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. Very easy to read, and kept me guess

    I really enjoyed this book. Very easy to read, and kept me guessing. Very imaginative.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    OMG

    HOLY JINKIES THIS BOOK IS AMAZING

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Mike mason

    You have to read this book and 'the violet flash' its great!!!!!
    ;))

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    I couldn't make myself finish it.

    It might have been written for teeny-boppers, but I couldn't make myself finish it. The more I red the less I liked it. I don't know it I will ever open it again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    HEBE

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    Unusual but great for the 9-12 age range

    I heard someone compare this book to C.S. Lewis' Narnia books, J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books and even Madeline L'Engle's sci-fi books. I'm not quite sure where those comparisons came from, for one thing, talk about setting the bar pretty high! For another, I didn't sense a similarity between The Blue Umbrella and any of those books, what I did sense was more of a Lemony Snickets or a Charlie and The Chocolate Factory vibe (the new version with the creepy Johnny Depp and the really peculiar short man that appeared everywhere).

    There is definitely an audience for this book. In fact, in the 9-12 age group this book has blockbuster potential. It was not written for me and I had trouble getting through the first part, it was pretty depressing actually. Zac's mother dies getting struck by lightning, he has no one else except his creepy Aunties from Five Corners. He has to go live with them and things just get stranger. A short man named Butler lives there with them and the Aunties are cruel. Really cruel. You just feel sorry for Zac. Then he meets Dada and you really feel sorry for him. Dada wants Zac to steal Mr. Porter's blue umbrella. Mr. Porter runs the general store. Zac starts working for him after school but Mr. Porter is the one nice person in his life at this time and he just can't get himself to take the umbrella. Things are not as they seem with Mr. Porter and Zac starts discovering some very weird things happening in Five Corners - the weather, the Barber, Chelsea who doesn't talk, Ches who only talks about the weather...

    By the end I was curious how everything was going to turn out and I can really see fans of books like Lemony Snickets loving this book. For that group of readers I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Nothing Short of Amazing!

    This is possibly the best book I have ever read. It had an air of mystery and horror, but all the while there is a comfortable feeling. I couldn't put it down. There are true villans and a wonderful message! Read it! You will be glad you did!

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

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    This is an exhilarating unusual middle school fantasy

    Ten years old Zac Sparks has lived with his single mom on a golf course all his life. He loves his mom who raises him with love. Zac's mother dies when she walks the course at night and is struck by a single bolt of lightning. Zac's two aunts whom he never met attend the funeral.

    The Aunties inform him he will live with them in Five Corners, but the moment everyone leaves the trio alone, they turn from friendly to nasty. Not allowed to take anything with him except the clothing he is wearing, at Five Corners, the Aunties are even more abusive to a stunned Zac, who they call Boy and hammer him with canes when they do not lock him in his room for anything and everything. He meets Dada who claims to be the Aunties' father; Dada demands he steals the blue umbrella from Mr. Sky Porter who runs the general store where Zac works after school or else. Zac refuses to steal the umbrella because Mr. Porter is the only nice and seemingly sane person in Five Corners. His relatives are nasty and others he meets are weird, but he is only beginning to learn that Five Corners is the focus for eerie strangeness

    This is an exhilarating unusual middle school fantasy starring a tweener who has the weight of the world collapsing on him when his mom dies. Filled with vivid descriptions starting with extremely tall but extremely thin Auntie and the extremely fat but extremely short other Auntie and never slows down as Zac goes form nurturing maternal love to abuse. Fans will want to join him as he deals with his Aunties, Dada, Butler and others, but especially when though frightened to being almost paralyzed he bravely goes up the staircase to who knows where. This is an inspiration winner with an allegorical nod to biblical Job.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    The Blue Umbrella

    The Blue Umbrella
    A Novel
    Mike Mason
    2009
    David C Cook
    Juvenile Fiction/Fantasy

    Reviewed by Cindy Loven

    Have you ever read Job 38? I had, but it had not caught my attention until I read this book, it is lovely scripture, poetical even, questions that God asked Job. Questions about the weather. And that was the preface of this book.

    Poor Zachary Sparks, his father died when he was but a young toddler, and now he is an orphan at ten years old. His mother gone, in an instant, struck by lightning as she walked on the golf course near their home. What is going to happen to Zac? Hang on to your seats and fasten your seat belts for the story to come of what become of Zac is a wild ride!!

    Two ancient Aunties, sweep down and take Zac home with them, and the first thing he realizes, is they did not allow him to bring any of his things, even his clothing. The second scary thing is, they refuse to call him by his name, he is called Boy. The third thing he realizes, is he is not in a loving home, they lock him in his room, they beat him with a cane and they are evil and cruel old women.

    Five Corners, the town the Aunties live in, is a very strange town indeed, as if there is a horrible secret, that all the townspeople are keeping. There is!! A secret so wild, that Zac is having a hard time believing it. Strange lights over the store across the street fascinate him, and begin the downward spiral. Drawn like a moth is drawn to light, Zac is caught trying to investigate, and nearly beaten by the aunties, because they think he is trying to steal a fur coat and run away.

    A visit to Dada, the even more ancient father of the Aunties, is a horrifying experience that lives Zac physically ill. Told by the old man, that he must steal a blue umbrella owned by the store across the streets, proprietor, Zac begins to learn he is in the middle of a nightmarish reality. Little old people the size of children, strange vendors who do not speak, but you can hear them talking in your mind. Yes life is strange at Five Corners.

    This book will keep you enthralled, it is not your typical fantasy book, it is a book full of imagination and it is a story most definitely to read with your children. The book ends with an author interview and discussion questions with Mike Mason. A four star rating is well deserved of this book. 425 pages US $14.99

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