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Posted September 19, 2013
iPooKee is an endearing and comical space odyssey - part fantasy, part inspiring drama, this novel by Brook Tesla shows how love can truly stand the test of time.
iPooKee is the story of Nancy Edison, who’s nicknamed PooKee, a 10-year-old girl who has magical powers to “scrunch and puff”, or reverse and stop time. She tries to use those powers to find her father, who disappeared in the 9/11 attacks in New York. PooKee searches for him in the virtual City of @, but soon becomes trapped in the cruel town, where technology is more important than community. Along the way, she has to fight foes like powerful businessman Larry Quack. PooKee’s magical journey eventually changes her life forever.
Tesla has created a likable and powerful protagonist in PooKee. Though she’s 10-year-old, PooKee has the tenacity and bravery of a grown woman. Her perseverance shines through, along with her love of her father. Love is such an important theme in the novel. PooKee’s Uncle Walter teaches her spells where she has to say self-affirming chants like, “I love myself because I’m the greatest.’’ PooKee’s nickname for her father, Rhubarb Pie, along with the heartwarming stories she recalls throughout the novel, illustrate the unbreakable bond of father and daughter. PooKee is strong, but also vulnerable, making her such a relatable character.
The book also has insightful commentary about the control technology can have on everyday life. The descriptions of the City of @ paint a vivid picture to make a virtual world seem so real. The science fiction elements of the story are strong metaphors throughout the novel for the Internet’s strong influence on society. Mail is delivered to a person’s eyeballs and software architects are the most important people in the city that creates virtual food on computers. The City of @ is part Brave New World, part Wizard of Oz.
The book is a great mixture of fantasy, comedy, and drama. iPooKee is a novel that young adults and their parents can equally enjoy. Fans of fantasy like Harry Potter and classic time travel novels like A Wrinkle in Time will love this book. From Larry Quack’s cartoonish and unethical science experiments to historical figure Cleopatra being a bureaucratic boss in the City of @, the novel has a humorous charm. In contrast to the comic relief, the seriousness of the aftermath of 9/11 pervades iPooKee with a heartfelt tribute to those lost on that tragic day. iPooKee is a novel that will make readers laugh, cry, and most importantly, think about their loved ones. This book will remind readers about the tragic past of September 11, but also give hope to readers about how love can shape the future.
Posted September 16, 2013
An eloquent, inspirational novel with a compelling denouement. Absolutely unforgettable; grab this book.
In this debut, Tesla has created a world in which our heroin discovers “the future holds nothing certain.” While she possesses the incredible (yet dangerous) power of time bending; PooKee, not even 11, ventures on a complex journey to find her father who disappeared on September 11. Although PooKee is warned that “we are incapable of doing what the Lord does,” she agonizes in the City of @ while trying to make sense of this surreal, illusionary place—where her reasoning is unwelcome. What does this virtual reality have to do with PooKee? She learns that there is a more complex world than the one that she is used to—there’s a grey area where “black” and “white” cannot be seen. It becomes evident that “virtualization is dehumanization” and this raises the question: do memories belong to the past or the future? As translucent blotches begin to cover PooKee’s face in the City of @, she comes to the realization that using her time bending abilities to search for something in another world and another time that cannot be explained easily is not as satisfying as she imagined it would be. While meeting unforgettable characters well over the edge of normal and becoming immersed in this virtual world; PooKee’s story is driven by a likable imperfection while her grit and hard luck becomes captivating. Although she wonders if 9/11 could be a result of America’s failures, she ultimately learns to “love [her] country for its strengths, and even more so for its vulnerabilities.” This is a complex, young adult novel that wrestles with universal dilemmas; not just 9/11 but also making sense of humanity and obsessive delusions. Although the plot—in a sense—is very scattered and there is much left to the imagination; the novel comes to a satisfying conclusion. For this protagonist—there is hope after all.
PooKee is a charming little girl with unique abilities and wisdom beyond her years. The reader will love this heroine for her strengths, and even more so for her vulnerabilities.
Posted August 22, 2013
This is an inspiring book about the young Pookee, her struggle to find her love one, and her unnatural powers to warp time so she can survive in the City of @. An amazing story that took place in the beginning of this century.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.