The Quill Pen

The Quill Pen

by Michelle Isenhoff

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BN ID: 2940013294127
Publisher: Candle Star Press
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michelle Isenhoff writes adventures for kids of all ages. Sometimes they take place in the past, such as her popular Civil War-era Divided Decade Trilogy and The Color of Freedom. Other times they involve fantastical plots or new worlds, as in The Quill Pen and Song of the Mountain. More recently, Michelle had a blast writing the first book in her humorous, high-action Taylor Davis series.

Michelle will never market profanity or controversy to her young audience. Instead, she relies on fun, solid story-telling. She prefers stories with some depth to them, and especially enjoys beautifully crafted language and a hero who grows and learns and changes. Michelle often receives emails from grown-ups (as old as 79) who encourage her to keep writing for “us kids!”

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The Quill Pen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Suzy_Turner More than 1 year ago
My goodness, Michelle Isenhoff is clearly SO VERY TALENTED. She sets the scene so incredibly perfectly that I felt like I was right there with the characters amid all the action. This is such a fantastic read. After I'd read it, I said to my husband that I could imagine this book being studied by children at school... it's that amazing! This has got to be one of the VERY BEST books I've had the pleasure of reading this year... actually, make that EVER. Simply superb!
Elise_Stokes on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Thirteen-year-old Micah suspects that a quill pen he discovers while cleaning Widow Parsons' attic can write the future- literally. Soon, he learns the future cannot be tampered with without consequences. A talented writer, Michelle Isenhoff paints a wonderful picture of an era gone by. The innocence of her story and the nobleness of Micah are refreshing. Though it's easy to relate to Micah and understand his temptation to use the pen to free himself from his domineering father-a truly horrid individual- Widow Parsons is the character who looms off the page (She fascinates me). This enchanting tale targets a young audience, but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. A great book to sit around a fire and read out loud as a family. Parents and teachers, you'll find fantastic nuggets to discuss in this story.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite In The Quill Pen by Michelle Isenhoff, thirteen-year-old Micah Randall discovers a magic pen while cleaning the attic of Widow Parsons. Micah does not want to listen to his father’s choice of future for him and decides to help Widow Parsons. When he comes across the pen that can write the future, he realizes that whatever he writes comes true. He sees the pen as an instrument to help him achieve his dreams. Micah also finds out that there is a price to be paid, but he is still tempted to use the pen to free himself from his father’s dreams for him and write his own future because he wants to explore the world. The story is magical and enchanting and has many dimensions to it. The twists and turns in the plot will keep readers glued to the story till the very end. All the characters are well portrayed and children will love the adventurous behavior of Micah, his dilemma and his weaknesses. The author’s narration is detailed and vivid and makes the scenes come alive. The author’s fluidity in expression gives a good pace and movement to the story. The actions, twists, and surprises in the plot are exciting and it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The book shows images of a wonderful bygone era and also speaks about topics like respecting elders, friendship, and dreaming.
LydiainJoliet More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not put this book down. The writing style kept my interest and the story plot was simple yet captivating. It is written in a way that I felt as though I was a part of the book, like I was actually there and experiencing the story firsthand. Her descriptions are outstanding. I will be checking to see what other books she has written, can't wait. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a book that is different and a short read.
Coreena More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!!!!! The most standout thing for me is the language that Isenhoff uses. Her writing and descriptions are sumptuous and juicy and her use of words is masterful and poetic. I found myself stopping to reread passages just so that I could savour them. This is the kind of descriptive writing that inspires me to try to be a better writer. I marked so many stand out sections, but I'll share a couple here: The voice was cold as granite. On the far side of the table with the whole room under his eye, the figure of Micah's father presided over the meal like a medieval king. Like a statue of one, anyway, hard and stony. His brows pulled themselves into a heavy cliff that overhung narrow, unforgiving eyes. (p. 9-10) He sometimes felt like a brooch his family adorned itself with. He'd much rather suffer the bumps and bruises of a well loved teddy bear. (p. 34) Can't you just picture the scenes? Feel the emotion? Understand Micah's loneliness? Beyond the great writing is a sweet story. My one criticism might be that the idea of the quill pen and what it could do took a little while considering it is such a short book. However, Micah is is a great, sympathetic character who show weaknesses, especially when faced with dilemma's, but also shows growth. As a reader, I felt for him and rallied behind him. I loved Gabby and her family, especially her father with all of his stories and wisdom. They were a great foil for the rest of the town and Micah's own family. The friendship that Micah and Gabby had was fun and, I'm sure, widened the appeal of the book to both boys and girls. One thing I really enjoy in books is when they explore interesting ideas and this one focused on the idea of each action having rippling consequences. The notion of one simple action leading to a myriad of unexpected results is a provocative one and is shown here along with its surprising results. I highly recommend this book to those who like middle grade fantasy and good writing. This is a book that I will keep for my own kids to read and I will certainly be on the lookout for more books by Isenhoff so that I can continue to enjoy her rich writing. Disclosure: Book received from the author for review