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The Book of Nonsense (Sacred Books Series #1)

The Book of Nonsense (Sacred Books Series #1)

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by David Michael Slater
The book is ancient, ravaged and full of utter nonsense. But the moment it enters Daphna and Dexter's lives, bizarre things begin to happen. Why is their father, who found the book, suddenly so distant? Is the old man who took it from him some kind of hyp


The book is ancient, ravaged and full of utter nonsense. But the moment it enters Daphna and Dexter's lives, bizarre things begin to happen. Why is their father, who found the book, suddenly so distant? Is the old man who took it from him some kind of hyp

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CBAY Books
Publication date:
Sacred Books Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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The Book of Nonsense 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
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.
vvb32 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful start to an adventure series including twins and a book quest. The characters are varied and colorful which makes this story fun to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daphna loves books, and can¿t wait to show her father the wonderful old bookstore she¿s discovered while he¿s away. But when her father comes home, he isn¿t himself, and he¿s brought a strange old book with him.

Her twin brother, Dexter, dislikes the idea of reading as much as Daphna loves it. He resents Daphna¿s intelligence, and he¿s often the butt of schoolmates pranks and jokes.

But when their dad sells this book to the mysterious stranger who owns the shop, in exchange for Daphna¿s assistance, they need to band together to find out what¿s going on. And what does their mother¿s disappearance all those years ago have to do with this unusual book?

Full of mystery and adventure, The Book of Nonsense pulls the reader in, wondering about this tattered old book full of nonsensical writings. What do the words mean, and how can they be used for power? And how can Daphna and Dexter stop its owner from using it for evil purposes? These questions are only partially answered in volume one of this exciting new series.

A great read!

Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews
24girl More than 1 year ago
The day before their thirteenth birthday the father of feuding twins Daphna and Dexter Wax, Milton, returns from a book scouting trip with a mysterious old book. Daphna immediately knows what to do with it. She wants to take it to the new rare book shop that just opened up in earlier in the summer, The Antiquarian Book Center (ABC). Somehow the blind owner of the shop, Asterius Rash, mesmerizes Milton into giving him the book and promising to have Daphna return the next day to be his assistant.

What baffles both Daphna is that the book was full of nonsense. The writing was in an unknown language and these nonsense words seemed to change right in front of her eyes. Suddenly her father is stuck ill overnight and Daphna is forced to team up with Dexter in order to solve the mystery of the book because things aren't as they seem at The ABC and their lives are unexpectedly in danger.

The Book of Nonsense is Book One in a planned five book series. I enjoyed the adventure that the twins went on and I'm positive that the target age group of 9-12 year olds will love this book. The plot twists are imaginative and the characters are well developed. The ending was neatly tied up but at the same time there is a cliff hanger that will have readers looking forward to book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book. I found that it held many mysteries and I love trying to figure them out as the story unfolds. I immediately bought the next book in the series after I finished this novel. I could not leave Dex and Daphna just hanging. I eant to continue on the adventure with them
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Daphna and Dex are pre-teen twins that find themselves on an adventure when their father brings home a rare magical book. Their father, Milton, works as a book scout. He seems to always be off on adventures looking for rare books. He brings one home with him and Daphna convinces him to take his books to the new store that just opened, Antiquarian Book Center or abc. There they meet the owner, Asterius Rash. Rash knows that the book is a magical Book of Nonsense and must own it. He uses mind control on Milton and a strange kids that watches the twins. Now the twins must work together to save their dad and keep the Book of Nonsense out of Rash’s hands. I really liked this story. I could relate to Daphna’s love of books even if she comes across as a know it all. I felt for Dex, I could understand why he doesn’t like reading. Although the twins fought like cats and dogs they do work together to keep the book from Rash’s hands. Rash was a creepy bad guy and I liked his role in the story. This is a great story with lots of action and a really evil bad guy. I can’t wait to see what happened in the next book. This is a great story for mid-grader readers and adults alike. Make sure to get yourself a copy of The Book of Nonsense. I received a copy of The Book of Nonsense for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Other reviews can describe the story - I'll just say that the book was creative, interesting, and held my interest throughout. The characters are realistic and sympathetic, and the plot is compelling. I'm waiting for the sequel.
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This was an unexpected pleasure ~ a nice read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book pretty much kept me on the edge of my seat! It's about two sibilings (twins) who find this book. It's nothing but jibberish nonsense. But when their father seems to be dazed all the time after meeting with this crazy looking man, it's up to the kids to figure out what's so important about this book. Has 125 pg.
AKDiesel More than 1 year ago
Teen book, kind of slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Underdeveloped characters, annoyingly immature, couldn't get through the book, too trite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Archive the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do we delete books? I really need to know... please answer me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author of this book came to my school!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books i do not know if i should read it help
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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????