Kepler's Dream

Kepler's Dream

by Juliet Bell


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Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142426487
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/02/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 971,364
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Juliet Bell lives in Berkeley, California.

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“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

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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!
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