Power of Un

Power of Un

by Nancy Etchemendy


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ISBN-13: 9780439313315
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2002
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Power of Un 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CAsey_he More than 1 year ago
The Power of UN Nancy Etchemendy New York City Scholastic Inc. April 1, 2001 148 pages $4.50 The Power of UN, written by Nancy Etchemendy, is a powerful book that shows how friends are very important. It emphasizes that in the end, you might give the world to a friend. This book surprised me, and I feel that it is a good read. It is very imaginative, creative, and something unusual. This story starts out in a regular school, on a typical day. The main character, named Gib Finney, is arguing with Lorraine Frogner. According to the book, "Gib is an average guy with a bedroom full of birds' nests, stringless yo-yos, baseballs, and half eaten candy." Lorraine, being mad at Gib, decides to get even with his in the next period, by shooting a spitball at him. However, when Gib hits the teacher with a spitball, the teacher turns around to see Lorraine holding up a straw, and she gets in trouble. Ms. Etchemendy describes the following as a spider web. In the book, it said, "Have you ever watched a spider move across a spider web on a misty morning? It might only step on one tiny strand of hair, but the whole web moves. Then on the other side, a dewdrop might fall and jiggle other strands of silk or maybe even break one. The whole shape of the web can change because of that one eensy step." What this book also excels at is talking about decision-making. Everyone can relate to a book like this. Who never had a small decision that ended up creating chaos? There will be decisions we make that we will regret, but nothing can be done about it, or can there be? When Rainy told Gibs' parents that she could not babysit Roxy, Gib's sister, Gib will have to take her to the carnival he and his friend always wanted to go. An old man smelling like lightning meets Gib in the woods, and gives him a special package, and tells him that the device in the package can undo any mistake or error; in short, rewind time. However, at the carnival, Gib leaves Roxy unattended, and she runs off after a dog. When she is hit by a truck, the whole family goes in grief. Roxy might not ever get out of the coma, and Gib cannot stop feeling it was his fault. Then he remembers the unner? Isn't he able to undo the mistake? He undoes the mistake, and he takes the blame of the spitball. So now, Rainy (Lorraine) babysits Roxy, but goes to the carnival as well. Now, instead of Roxy being hit by a truck, Rainy is hit in a desperate attempt to save Roxy. Knowing that he cannot live with the fact that his friend almost was killed, he undoes that too. However, at the fair for the third time, the unner is stepped on, and breaks. Now, nothing can be changed. What will happen this time at the fair? This book has caught the attention of me, and it will catch the attention of many young children everywhere. The book did a very great job showing how even if you do not feel like someone is your friend, they could actually be your truest friend. Rainy argues with Gib all the time at school (like in the science class), but turns out to be a true friend, where she gives her life to save Roxy. The book did a decent job on describing, like the spider web analogy, but I feel that it would have been better if there was more description at the fair, because every fair is different, and I want to know how the Devil's Elevator, the new ride, looks like. Is it a towering black tower rising above everything else, with piercing screams emitting from it, dropping like an executioners ax
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWW! This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. It's a great book, really. Buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hard to put down. It is one of my favorite books ever. I would love to read another of the authors books.
DeirdreHarris on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This fantasy book is about the dangerous business of tweaking time with a hand-held time-changing device called "the unner" that can undo specific events by going back in time. This creative idea, however, falls short with mostly stock characters that need to be more fully developed. The complicated themes and plot twists redeem the book as it examines powerful questions about ethics and personal power. It is a good way to get kids thinking about how to live with the mistakes we all make when we cannot change them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much. It will rock always. I read it in fourth grade. Jessica C. 5th grade
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I love this book. I burst into tears at some parts and i lol at some parts. My teacher read us thatbook a week ago. I heart the power of un!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is cool but sad at the same time
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Book-luver-73 More than 1 year ago
THis is a book I had read for school last year, sadly. This book had a terrible plot and just about killed me! It barely deserves the one star I had to give it. The characters are weird, especially Gib Finney, the main character. He is just so stupid!