The Book of Nonsense (Sacred Books Series #1)

The Book of Nonsense (Sacred Books Series #1)

by David Michael Slater

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The book is ancient, ravaged and full of utter nonsense. But the moment it enters Daphna and Dexter's lives, bizarre things begin to happen. Why is their father, who found the book, suddenly so distant? Is the old man who took it from him some kind of hyp

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ISBN-13: 9781933767000
Publisher: CBAY Books
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: Sacred Books Series , #1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

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The Book of Nonsense 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
Daphna and Dexter Wax are twins who are turning thirteen. Their father, Milton Wax, is a dealer in rare books who must be gone from home for weeks and even months at a time on book scouting hunts. The twins' mother, Shimona, who was also a rare book dealer, had been killed in Turkey by an earthquake looking for books shortly after their birth. Daph and Dex are taken care of by their father's assistant and secretary, Latty Pellonia. Milton returns with a very rare book that is ancient, ravaged, and full of nonsense and goes to sell it to a used book dealer, Asterius Rash, who has opened up a new bookstore, the Antiquarian Book Center, in their neighborhood. All of a sudden, bizarre things start to happen. After meeting Rash, their father is suddenly distant as if he had been hypnotized. And Rash's assistant, a red-eyed boy named Emmet, is menacing them. Does their thirteenth birthday have anything to do with all this? And how does Dexter's tutor, an elderly woman named Ruby Scharlach, fit in?
First, I will say that this book, which is Volume I of the "Sacred Books" Series, is somewhat odd, but I suspect that it was intended to be so. However, next I will say that it is a very well-written and exciting story that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Parents may want to know that there is a little bit of what is usually considered bad language, namely a vulgar term for urination and one curse word which is said to be very uncharacteristic of the utterer (Milton in his seemingly hyptonized state). The scene near the end where there is quite a bit of shooting and killing may be a little intense for sensitive children. Daph and Dex each have their issues with one another, in fact, they "can't stand each other," and with their father who is gone so much. There are some instances of skipping school, disobedience, lying, and other bad attitudes, but in the end they all learn to work together to find the truth. However, if you do not mind these things and like adventures with some mystery, fantasy, and even magic thrown in, you will probably enjoy this book. Also, there is a sensitive portrayal of dyslexia incorporated in the plot.
vvb32 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful start to an adventure series including twins and a book quest. The characters are varied and colorful which makes this story fun to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daphna loves books, and can¿t wait to show her father the wonderful old bookstore she¿s discovered while he¿s away. But when her father comes home, he isn¿t himself, and he¿s brought a strange old book with him.

Her twin brother, Dexter, dislikes the idea of reading as much as Daphna loves it. He resents Daphna¿s intelligence, and he¿s often the butt of schoolmates pranks and jokes.

But when their dad sells this book to the mysterious stranger who owns the shop, in exchange for Daphna¿s assistance, they need to band together to find out what¿s going on. And what does their mother¿s disappearance all those years ago have to do with this unusual book?

Full of mystery and adventure, The Book of Nonsense pulls the reader in, wondering about this tattered old book full of nonsensical writings. What do the words mean, and how can they be used for power? And how can Daphna and Dexter stop its owner from using it for evil purposes? These questions are only partially answered in volume one of this exciting new series.

A great read!

Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews
24girl More than 1 year ago
The day before their thirteenth birthday the father of feuding twins Daphna and Dexter Wax, Milton, returns from a book scouting trip with a mysterious old book. Daphna immediately knows what to do with it. She wants to take it to the new rare book shop that just opened up in earlier in the summer, The Antiquarian Book Center (ABC). Somehow the blind owner of the shop, Asterius Rash, mesmerizes Milton into giving him the book and promising to have Daphna return the next day to be his assistant.

What baffles both Daphna is that the book was full of nonsense. The writing was in an unknown language and these nonsense words seemed to change right in front of her eyes. Suddenly her father is stuck ill overnight and Daphna is forced to team up with Dexter in order to solve the mystery of the book because things aren't as they seem at The ABC and their lives are unexpectedly in danger.

The Book of Nonsense is Book One in a planned five book series. I enjoyed the adventure that the twins went on and I'm positive that the target age group of 9-12 year olds will love this book. The plot twists are imaginative and the characters are well developed. The ending was neatly tied up but at the same time there is a cliff hanger that will have readers looking forward to book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book. I found that it held many mysteries and I love trying to figure them out as the story unfolds. I immediately bought the next book in the series after I finished this novel. I could not leave Dex and Daphna just hanging. I eant to continue on the adventure with them
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The dangerous First Tongue of evil power threatens to be relearned. Twins involved in trying to destroy the Book of Nonsense that can revive the language. Nothing special about this story, and the twists are a little contrived. Not too clear (yet?) what the status of the longed lived ones is. Book 2 will have to be quite good for me to continue with series.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The day before their thirteenth birthday the father of feuding twins Daphna and Dexter Wax, Milton, returns from a book scouting trip with a mysterious old book. Daphna immediately knows what to do with it. She wants to take it to the new rare book shop that just opened up in earlier in the summer, The Antiquarian Book Center (ABC). Somehow the blind owner of the shop, Asterius Rash, mesmerizes Milton into giving him the book and promising to have Daphna return the next day to be his assistant. What baffles both Daphna is that the book was full of nonsense. The writing was in an unknown language and these nonsense words seemed to change right in front of her eyes. Suddenly her father is stuck ill overnight and Daphna is forced to team up with Dexter in order to solve the mystery of the book because things aren't as they seem at The ABC and their lives are unexpectedly in danger. The Book of Nonsense is Book One in a planned five book series. I enjoyed the adventure that the twins went on and I'm positive that the target age group of 9-12 year olds will love this book. The plot twists are imaginative and the characters are well developed. The ending was neatly tied up but at the same time there is a cliff hanger that will have readers looking forward to book two.
welkinscheek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The teens in my book group read the Book of Nonsense and loved it. It's very accessible to middle school readers, yet it is remarkably gritty. The characters are in real danger, and they have troubled lives and relationships. I would recommend this to teens who prefer realistic fiction to fantasy, as well as those who like fantasy. It reminded me a bit of Charles De Lint. This is a promising first foray into YA fiction by Slater, and there's more to come!
kawika on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book of Nonsense is the first book in the Sacred Book series. If the volumes to follow are as good as the introduction, this will certainly be a series worth following.As I was reading the story about Daphna and Dexter Wax, the main characters, I was reminded of the classic Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle. The Wax twins are just entering their teens and are asked by destiny and circumstance to grow up very quickly and deal with a world that is far more complex and even dastardly than they could imagine. Unlike Wrinkle in Time, this novel is set in a world that falls more under the category of magical realism rather than the outlandish fantasy and science fiction mixture produced by L'Engle. As such, it may speak to the current generation more on a very effective level of its own.For such a modest length of novel, David Michael Slater certainly crams a lot of information and excitement into his allotted space, though it never feels forced or completely contrived. The villains are worthy of disdain and we are given a good introductory grasp of what will likely lead to the search for the First Tongue and the power its master(s) will possess should they ever be able to grasp the language and learn the words.Some will inevitably compare this series to Harry Potter though the setting is more closely akin to the Young Wizard series. However, The Book of Nonsense does not feel as dark or even nihilistic as So You Want to be a Wizard? felt to me. The Book of Nonsense has a great feel to it. You may even come to prefer one of the twins over the other, as Slater presents two very different personalities that are complete with their own personal foibles. This is a very good start and I would strongly recommend this book, especially for younger readers.
lookingforpenguins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book of Nonsense is the first volume of a new series, Sacred Books, geared towards young adults.Thirteen year-old twins Daphna and Dex are in a heap of trouble. Their father, a rare book scout, has come across a magic book - seemingly full of nonsense - that someone else wants very, very much to own. Bad enough to employ long-forgotten magical tricks to obtain the book. Bad enough to hurt one twin and enslave the other to obtain the book. To save their family, the world at large and each other, Daphna and Dex must decipher hidden meanings and seek out the past to thwart the evil people who want to use the Book of Nonsense to rule the world.I'll admit to being petty and having a problem with the protagonist's name, Daphna. For the first three chapters, every time I read her name I thought it was a typo since the name is so close to Daphne.The author did an excellent job of jumping right into the action in the first paragraph -- almost too good because there was little to no backstory and this led to a bit of confusion as I tried to figure out who was who and what certain acronyms stood for. Like the name Daphna, though, this critique was small potatoes.The main characters were very well written and fleshed out. I was impressed with the author's ability to do this in a relatively short period of time. Both Daphna and Dex were sympathetic teenagers with their fair share of teenage concerns. They aren't portrayed as perfect and that is something people of all ages can identify with. The bad guys, on the other hand, are clearly evil and I appreciate the distinction. For the 10-13 year-old crowd, I don't know that evil in shades of gray would have been appropriate. The author clearly knows his audience!If you love old books, book collecting, or magic then you'll be delighted with this book. While you shouldn't expect it to be the next Harry Potter series, it is a bit more mature than, say, A Series of Unfortunate Events. I fully expect author David Michael Slater to really come into his own as the series progresses and the next book in the series, due out in Fall 2009, will likely be anticipated by the young adult crowd (and me, too).As for an age recommendation -- 10 to 13 years would be just about perfect. There's a bit of violence, although not graphic, that might make it unsuitable for any ages younger than that. As for the adults - give this one a look, you will likely enjoy what you see.
sharonluvscats on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book of Nonsense by: David Michael SlaterDon't let the title fool you this book is anything but nonsense! Twins Daphna and Dexter couldn't be more different, but they are forced to work together when there father discovers a very old and mysterious book. Daphna and Dexter soon discover that the words in this book can literally change the world. When someone evil gets a hold of the book it is up to them to stop him. I don't want to give too much of the story away as there are quite a few twists and turns. Thoughts: This was a quick and fast passed read that I quite enjoyed. Words can be very powerful. I think that the author used this idea any interesting way. I also enjoyed the characters of Daphna and Dexter. They were both very sympathetic and well developed characters. In particular I liked Dexter because of his struggles with dyslexia.It must have been difficult for him hiding this secret from everyone. I didn't feel as sympathetic towards Daphna as seem came off as a bit of a know it all. My only complaint about their father's character didn't seem to be as well developed. However the story really focuses on the Daphna and Deter so maybe my complaint is unfounded. Still it bothered me for some reason. Their were also some twists and turns in the book that I did not see coming. I always enjoy being caught by surprise. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the book in this series. I'm dying to know what it going to happen to Daphna and Dexter next. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy or wants a fun and quick book to read.
TrishNYC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolutely delightful read!!! I was swept away into a world of wonder, mystery and danger as I followed Daphna and Dexter trying to navigate a suddenly perilous world. Daphna and Dexter are fraternal twins whose personalities are as different as their physical appearance. Whereas Daphna is a bookworm and fancies herself to be very social even if not necessarily popular, Dexter is somewhat of an outcast both at home and in school. A day before the twins turn thirteen, their father returns from a book buying trip in Turkey(he is a book scout) with a very strange book. The book is frayed and damaged on the outside, with the inside seeming to contain a jumble of words that have no meaning or order. Daphna persuades her father that he would probably be able to offload this weird book at the new bookstore that was opened a few months back during his absence. She is horrified when she watches her father get hypnotized by the creepy shop keeper who takes the book away from him and tries to exact further payment in the form of Daphna going to work for him. Daphna sets out on a quest to reclaim the book and save herself, finding a surprising ally in her brother Dexter. So begins a very wild ride through town as the twins try to outsmart the villain and his minion. This book is excellent in capturing the personalities of its characters and displaying them in a realistic way that rings true. Daphna and Dexter's relationship is a perfect picture of sibling rivalry and petty jealousies. Each has a tendency to misunderstand even the best intentions of the other. I also thought it was very interesting the way that the author was able to show the attitude of youth to the aged without it being disrespectful or untrue. This book is a true find and I think that everyone will enjoy it regardless of age. Keep an eye out for the little clues, they will come back and mean more than you thought. This is book one in what I hope is going to be a very successful series.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though they're twins, Daphna and Dexter don't get along. Their father is a book scout who travels the world looking for rare and interesting tomes, and while Daphna loves to accompany him on his adventures, Dexter hates books and everything to do with them. While their father was gone on their last trip, the ABC, a new used book shop that mostly stocks texts on magic - opened in the twins' hometown. Daphna is excited to show her dad the ABC and takes him there with his latest aquisition: an incredibly old book filled with nonsensical words. But the owner of the shop is a creepy old man who seems to hypnotize their dad, tricking him into giving the book away and signing up Daphna to work in the shop. The twins are soon whisked into a wild world of magic and mischief as they try and steal the book back from the weird old man and the spooky red-eyed boy he keeps in his service. Slater's is a book filled with whimsy and intrigue, with a perfect sibling rivalry and plenty of surprises. This is the first in a series that I predict will be exciting and top notch - one that kids will want to read again and again
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Daphna and Dex are pre-teen twins that find themselves on an adventure when their father brings home a rare magical book. Their father, Milton, works as a book scout. He seems to always be off on adventures looking for rare books. He brings one home with him and Daphna convinces him to take his books to the new store that just opened, Antiquarian Book Center or abc. There they meet the owner, Asterius Rash. Rash knows that the book is a magical Book of Nonsense and must own it. He uses mind control on Milton and a strange kids that watches the twins. Now the twins must work together to save their dad and keep the Book of Nonsense out of Rash’s hands. I really liked this story. I could relate to Daphna’s love of books even if she comes across as a know it all. I felt for Dex, I could understand why he doesn’t like reading. Although the twins fought like cats and dogs they do work together to keep the book from Rash’s hands. Rash was a creepy bad guy and I liked his role in the story. This is a great story with lots of action and a really evil bad guy. I can’t wait to see what happened in the next book. This is a great story for mid-grader readers and adults alike. Make sure to get yourself a copy of The Book of Nonsense. I received a copy of The Book of Nonsense for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Other reviews can describe the story - I'll just say that the book was creative, interesting, and held my interest throughout. The characters are realistic and sympathetic, and the plot is compelling. I'm waiting for the sequel.
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This was an unexpected pleasure ~ a nice read.
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This book pretty much kept me on the edge of my seat! It's about two sibilings (twins) who find this book. It's nothing but jibberish nonsense. But when their father seems to be dazed all the time after meeting with this crazy looking man, it's up to the kids to figure out what's so important about this book. Has 125 pg.
AKDiesel More than 1 year ago
Teen book, kind of slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Underdeveloped characters, annoyingly immature, couldn't get through the book, too trite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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