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Fifteen-year-old Todd sees his perfect suburban world start to unravel when his little sister has her mind poisoned by a member of a fundamentalist sect and he begins to notice signs of censorship in his community.
Posted April 14, 2012
The main character Todd, now living in a suburban setting, has really fallen for his sister Marnie’s new baby-sitter Laurel. She is nice and kind, but keeps her distance in a mysterious, creepy way. After a few weeks of spending time with Laurel, Marnie begins having nightmares of things like hellfire and tells her family they will go to hell because they do not believe in things like ghosts and creepers. When asked who told her this Marnie tells them Laurel taught her this. By they Laurel had already taught Marnie most of the Christian-fundamentalist things she knew. Beside the fact Todd not knowingly let a Christian-fundamentalist corrupt his sister, Laurel’s mother was working on shutting down the old elementary high school because they will not take out the books her church group believes should be censored. Many of the books mentioned that Laurel’s mother believed they should take out were titles many of us can recognize. These Christian- fundamentalists want nothing but pure power in this book. The end however was disappointing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Halloween or the Fall season due to the time this book takes place. I would also recommend this book to anyone who enjoys argument over every day issues like censorship which is argued over in this book, or anyone who enjoys family which this book is very well based upon.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2008
i loved this book at the begining. it was interesting and i couldnt put it down. but then the ending was disapointing and made no sense. they should have made another chapter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2005
Richard Peck does a really good jod on writting his books. For example one is on choosing the tittle for his book 'THE LAST SAFE PLACE ON EARTH'. Well to me this tittle seem really intresting.The tittle made me want to read this book and when i started reading it, It made me want to read more to find out what happends next.This novel that Peck wrote was about this teenager named Todd he is a 10th grader HS.He then gets intrested in a preatty girl wich is her little sister's baby sitter.But then Laurel the babysitter starts telling her little sister stories about how halloween is for the devil and evil stuff. That freaks out the girl and that puts Todd on the spot, making him think if that really is the last safe place on earth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2004
This was an awsome book. I don't recomend this book for children who are starting to read Chapter Books. It is totaly different from his 'Fair Weather','Long Way from Chicago' and 'Year Down Yonder'. He brought up a lot of problems that schools are facing today about cencorship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2004
Posted April 23, 2002
In the course of The Last Safe Place on Earth, Todd learns that compassion, dignity, respect, and courage provide the best response to hatred and bigotry. When a knife fight breaks out in their children¿s school, the Tobin family decides to seek refuge in what they believe is heaven on earth, the suburban town of Walden Woods. However, several happenings take place that cause the Tobin family to question their decision. This seemingly quaint, tranquil town is the home of a babysitter who terrifies the younger Tobin daughter, Marnie by telling her tales of devils, hell, and various other evils during their ¿story time¿. Walden Woods is also the home of drug dealers, a homophobic school administration that refuses to authorize an AIDS Awareness meeting while school is in session, and the Religious Right group that propels a book-banning campaign against The Diary of a Young Girl and The Chocolate War. This town¿s residents also battle alcoholism, child neglect, and physical abuse. There are several significant themes displayed in The Last Safe Place on Earth. In this novel, the idea of education occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. Conventional schooling does not provide the majority of learning in this novel that simple observation does for both the children and adults. Instead, school is used to prevent the children from wanting to learn. Peck makes it clear that the Tobin children are very fortunate to have their parents teach them about human nature. The theme of superstition focuses on the illogical judgments made by seemingly intelligent people. It is fear, ignorance, and prejudice that keep these superstitions alive. The novel¿s realistic characters and enduring themes make The Last Safe Place on Earth a wonderful novel. Peck has a great gift. He manages to convey to the reader all of life¿s lessons with a marvelous humor that pervades the entire novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2002
I think the book by Richard Peck was very well written. Everything that happens has a quality to it that makes it seem like it could really happen, but like everyone knows somethink like what happened in the book wouldnt normally happen in someone's life. But I think Richard Peck did a great job in making the story seem real.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2001
Tenth grader Todd Tobin thinks he lives in the perfect world. He and his family, including his little sister Marnie, live on Tranquility Lane in the little town of Walden Woods. Everything is going great for him, and even his not-so-cool days in high school begin to look better when Laurel Kellerman, Marnie¿s new babysitter, walks into his life. She is everything a guy could want. She is beautiful, fun, talkative, and great with Marnie. But when Marnie starts acting strange, the suspicions turn to Laurel. What is she really telling Marnie when they ¿read stories?¿ Is sweet Laurel the cause of all the chaos in the perfect town? In this book, Peck does an excellent job using various methods of characterization to describe Todd to the reader. In the beginning, he is quite frank and simply tells the general information about Todd, but further in the book he uses many less obvious ways. Peck tells anecdotes of Todd¿s life and each one adds to the character¿s development. Another way that Peck develops Todd¿s character is by the different types of dialogue he uses while speaking to different people. For instance when he talks with C.E. his best friend, he is comfortable, and casual. Then when he gets around Laurel he gets shaky, but tries to sound more intellectual to impress her. Throughout the book Peck really develops Todd as a character and I think that is one of the stronger qualities of this book. The Last Safe Place On Earth is well written and had a great plot line that kept you captivated. I found myself not being able to put it down. The character and setting development is magnificent. This could quite possibly be the ¿perfect book.¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2000
Posted February 15, 2009
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