×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Kepler's Dream
     

Kepler's Dream

4.4 5
by Juliet Bell
 

See All Formats & Editions

A young girl makes her fractured family whole again with the help of a very special book

When eleven-year-old Ella's mother has to be hospitalized to undergo a dangerous cancer treatment, Ella spends the summer at "Broken Family Camp" with her eccentric grandmother, whom she's never met. The situation is hardly ideal for either of them. Ella is scared her

Overview

A young girl makes her fractured family whole again with the help of a very special book

When eleven-year-old Ella's mother has to be hospitalized to undergo a dangerous cancer treatment, Ella spends the summer at "Broken Family Camp" with her eccentric grandmother, whom she's never met. The situation is hardly ideal for either of them. Ella is scared her mother may die, but her grandmother seems to care more about her library full of books than she does about her very own granddaughter.

But when a rare and beloved book, Kepler's Dream of the Moon, is stolen from her grandmother's amazing library, Ella and her new friend Rosie make up their minds to find it. Finding the beautiful book her grandmother loves so much could even be the key to healing Ella's broken family.

An affecting and beautifully written story of family, forgiveness and the wonder of the stars, Kepler's Dream is a sparkling and memorable debut.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Utterly captivating, idiosyncratic, rich and memorable . . . not only an entertaining book but an absorbing and artful one.”—New York Times Book Review

“An impressive debut.”—Booklist, starred review

“Smart and thoughtful, the story sparkles.” —School Library Journal

"Every detail is relevant in this tightly plotted debut peopled with an unforgettable cast of characters. More family drama than mystery, the story is told in Ella’s voice—compassionate, clever, preadolescent-snarky—allowing Bell to treat weighty issues with a light touch. "--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Publishers Weekly
Writing as Bell, adult novelist Sylvia Brownrigg pens her first children's book, an affecting story about the complexities of family relationships and the value of imagination. Eleven-year-old Ella is spending her summer at what she calls "Broken Family Camp" in Albuquerque with her quirky estranged grandmother, Violet Von Stern (who Ella nicknamesGM, for "General Major"), while her mother undergoes treatment for leukemia. GM's peacock-populated property and sprawling adobe house offer an array of curiosities, but Ella feels trapped in a rigid household where even breakfast means undergoing a grammar drill. When an antiquarian book dealer and his team arrive to digitize GM's prestigious library, her prized astronomy book goes missing. Ella and her new friend Rosie form an amateur detective agency and trace the family's rocky history to recover Kepler's Dream and possibly repair damaged relationships. Ella's touching and dry-witted letters to her mother detail her adventures and lessons learned, lending the story emotional complexity without sentimentality. Despite her circumstances, Ella translates the world with a candid, sassy voice and a surprising amount of wisdom. Ages 10–up. Agent: Geri Thoma, Markson Thoma. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142426487
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/02/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“Utterly captivating, idiosyncratic, rich and memorable . . . not only an entertaining book but an absorbing and artful one.”—New York Times Book Review

“An impressive debut.”—Booklist, starred review

“Smart and thoughtful, the story sparkles.” —School Library Journal

"Every detail is relevant in this tightly plotted debut peopled with an unforgettable cast of characters. More family drama than mystery, the story is told in Ella’s voice—compassionate, clever, preadolescent-snarky—allowing Bell to treat weighty issues with a light touch. "—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Meet the Author

Juliet Bell lives in Berkeley, California.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Kepler's Dream 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TanyaAnderson More than 1 year ago
I've read several middle-grade novels this year, and KEPLER'S DREAM is in the top 5. The characters are interesting, and their conflicts ring true. Though not as well-written as WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, 2010 Newbery winner, this book reminded me a bit of that one as I was reading. I recommend this, especially as a solid summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always love books that teach you something as well as entertain. The world of Johannes Kepler opened to me because I read this enjoyable story. Other less obvious lessons included developing personal courage, being true to one's self, refraining from judgment, and looking beneath the surface. The book is well written, with nicely developed & completely believable characters and a plot that, while somewhat convoluted, holds one's interest throughout. A very good read for a middle school girl!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Xxfcffccccccc