Spell Book of Listen Taylor

Spell Book of Listen Taylor

by Jaclyn Moriarty


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ISBN-13: 9780439846783
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, with 4 sisters, 1 brother, 2 dogs, and 12 chickens. She studied law at the University of Sydney, Yale, and Cambridge, and worked as an entertainment lawyer before she wrote the Ashbury High novels, including THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS, THE MURDER OF BINDY MACKENZIE, and THE GHOSTS OF ASHBURY HIGH. She still lives in Sydney, with her little boy, Charlie.

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Spell Book of Listen Taylor 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
12-year-old Listen Taylor, whose friends have decided to ditch her at the beginning of junior high, finds a spell book that claims it will mend her broken heart. Her father's girlfriend, Marbie Zing, struggles with her fears of losing her happiness and makes a terrible mistake. Marbie's sister, Fancy, speculates about her marriage as she works with Marbie to maintain their family secret. And Cath, a young teacher, falls for a married co-worker and discovers her life has a lot more to it than she ever suspected.

These four stories intertwine in THE SPELL BOOK OF LISTEN TAYLOR. Jaclyn Moriarty skillfully weaves together the narratives over the course of a school year, drawing the characters closer and closer together, and closer to a climax that is both surprising and inevitable. With each new strand, events that seemed unimportant in one narrative take on new significance. Each character's story adds to the others, creating a bigger picture that is far more satisfying than any one story would have been on its own.

Each of the characters are well-developed in their own right. Teen readers will likely sympathize most with Listen, who must overcome the unspoken rules of popularity and friendships, and Cath, who is young enough to still be uncertain of her place in the world. They may have more trouble relating to Marbie and Cath, who are dealing with issues of settling down and marital satisfaction, subjects which rarely affect teens. However, this also means the book will appeal to adults as well as children, and perhaps give teens a glimpse into the lives of their parents and teachers.

Despite the title and the spell book Listen finds, the spells which provide some framework for the story, THE SPELL BOOK OF LISTEN TAYLOR is mainly a realistic novel, with a light shading of magic. Readers expecting sorcery and special powers may be disappointed. But the hints of magic, in many ways, are far more enjoyable than if this book were outright supernatural or fantasy. They suggest that the extraordinary is possible in everyday life, even if you're not a witch or a wizard.

If you're looking for a quiet, thoughtful, but still suspenseful read, with a magic anyone can believe in, run out and grab THE SPELL BOOK OF LISTEN TAYLOR. It is one of the most unique books I've read this year, and one I never wanted to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the books eccentric randomness, especially how it really was all subtlely intertwined. All the characters were easy to become attached to and it was such an addicting novel. I enjoyed every last page until the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book at all! It was just so disappointing...There was all this completely random stuff and you're left thinking ,What?! The story was also really choppy and not all that interesting. Overall the book just felt like a waste of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book, I thought it was boring and slow. I really love her other books, but this dissapointed me a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read this book, and I could not take it down! Even though it has over 400 pages, I finished it in two days. Have fun!
coolmama on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Way too long!It took a looooong time to figure out what the heck was going on in the oddly written book with different perspectives by Jaclyn Moriarty. I love her other 3 young adult books - she brings a fresh interesting twist, but this was a little too "suspend belief" for me.Story of an add austrian blended- family, and how they keep tabs on a long lost half sister.Odd, but still looking forward to more "conventional" by Ms Moriarty.
midnighttwilight101 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book was great. It was told through quite a few different points of view of a bunch of different characters. I always love Jaclyn Moriarty books because they are all set in Australia, where they all take place.
plettie2 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
his is an unusual book that delights both adolescents and adults. A great Mommy-daughter read. Moriarty is an intelligent writer that has an unusual way of looking at the world. Her use of language is refreshing. Highly recommend.
lkerr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Listen Taylor starts 7th grade-friends dump her. Finds spell book and begins to practice spells not realizing the spells are actually effecting the people in her life. Father's girlfriend is a member of the Zing family-have a big secret that involves Cath Murphy, a local 2nd grade teacher. A little on the long side.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good