The Glass Table

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When twelve children disappear from Lake Como during the summer school holidays, the police chief is baffled. There are no clues and no witnesses, even though the camping grounds are overflowing with holidaymakers and the children disappear in broad daylight.

The children have been cast into a spell to live as spirits in the river Kai, divided into two opposing groups: the river spirits and the wood spirits. The river spirits can escape the spell and return home as children, but...

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Overview

When twelve children disappear from Lake Como during the summer school holidays, the police chief is baffled. There are no clues and no witnesses, even though the camping grounds are overflowing with holidaymakers and the children disappear in broad daylight.

The children have been cast into a spell to live as spirits in the river Kai, divided into two opposing groups: the river spirits and the wood spirits. The river spirits can escape the spell and return home as children, but only with dire consequences for the wood spirits. The children learn that it is only through trust, camaraderie, and teamwork do they have a chance to return home to their families, however, when a wood spirit named Faith, turns into a mass of bubbles and floats away down the river Kai, all bets are off, even though a greater threat emerges on the banks of the river Kai.

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In a unique combination of fantasy and ecology, Leigh K. Cunningham's first children's novel, The Glass Table, chronicles the adventures of twelve children who are turned into spirits by an environmentally minded wicked witch. The story begins in the sleepy town of Rumpole during a sweltering summer. Cunningham writes, "It was the worst way possible to spend the school holidays: trapped indoors like caterpillars in a bug-catcher, with armpits flowing like waterfalls and hair damp and matted, hanging in dreads like worms."
Rumpole residents seeking escape from the heat pack up their families and travel to Lake Como to cool down in the frigid lake waters. The local witch is not at all happy with this onslaught of messy families, so she conjures a spell that transforms six of the children into river spirits and another six into wood spirits.
The children-turned-spirits discover a mystical glass table submerged beneath the surface of the River Kai. Here they learn the six rules that must be followed in order to avoid severe consequences. For example, rule number five states, "In the event that humans should cause further destruction to the woods, the lake, or the river Kai which flows from it, then all the spirits will die." This rule becomes important to the storyline when developers bring bulldozers to prepare the area for building. The spirits use all of their watery wiles to deter the builders, and the lake is saved, at least temporarily.
The spirits are permitted to visit their homes, and these episodes are both entertaining and poignant. Unable to be seen or heard, the children can only watch as their families struggle with grief and loss. Gradually, they begin to understandjust how much they are truly loved. For young readers, this may be the story's most valuable lesson.
Reader will feel no sense of satisfaction at the end of the story, for the story doesn't end on the last page. Will the spirits discover a way to break the spell, or are they forever doomed to a life of eating raw fish and dodging giant carp? Perhaps these questions will be answered in the next installment of Cunningham's three-part series.
For young readers who enjoy fantasy, this story may be a good choice.
—Holly Moulder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789810847616
  • Publisher: Leigh Cunningham
  • Publication date: 12/11/2009
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

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    Loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Ken

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Chapter One: Avengers: The Earth's Mightiest Penises

    While sitting around Table 9 we decided to play the game where you replace a word in a movie with Penis. So... As we played we kept going back and forth saying things like "The Little Penis That Could" or "Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Penis" then as we played we attempted to figure out something for the show 'Make It Or Break It' so as they kept playing Bree sat there and thought then finally she thought of something. "MAKE IT OR SUCK IT!" She screamed a little too loudly. Luckily the teachers weren't around x) everyone bursted into laugher at the totally awesome one. We continued our game and ended up with a tie between "Make It Or Suck It" and "Eat My Penis" The whole lunch room fell into an awkward silence somehow and all of a sudden Nick yells "AVENGERS! THE EARTH'S MIGHTIES PENISES!" The whole cafeteria bursted into laughter and Bree bagan squeaking, Michaels face turned tomato colored, Nick fell on the floor, Tyla's face was disgusted, and Caleb was choking on his water XD The next day during Social Studies; Miachael, Nick and Bree were in a row and Nick decided to be stupid and draw. He passed around the slip of paper and what we saw was.... A penis with a bow and arrow, a black penis with red hair, a green large penis, a red white and blue penis, and a penis with a viking hat and hammer. We erupted into laughter and ended up getting in trouble for laughing XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Good

    I like it. Interesting. But I wish I could read the second book for free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Awesome

    Awesome

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Glass Table is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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    Posted February 25, 2010

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