The Silver Strand

The Silver Strand

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ISBN-13: 9780992301705
Publisher: Indicated Publications & Promotions
Publication date: 09/27/2013
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Silver Strand 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
The Mastermind Academy 1: The Silver Strand After some surprising events in school one day, Isabella finds out that her mom has been keeping a big secret from her. That night she meets two interesting, um, people from her mom's past - and heads off to Mastermind Academy on an adventure to save her magic, her life - and much more. I totally fell in love with the cover of this book. But I was disappointed in this book. The whole idea of bleeding pink dust and growing a silver strand of hair sounded really unique and interesting, but when it played out at the beginning of the story, it ended up being stupid. "A cold and metallic rod ran from the temple to her shoulder. She twirled the chunky, silver hair between her thumb and forefingers. It gave off fuchsia colored sparkles at her touch." It became even more stupid when you find out that it is literally silver. There is some bullying in this book and, instead of the coach stepping in and immediately taking care of it, it's as if he joins in. Now, I do like the comment he makes at the end of gym class, but by then it is too late. Once they set off for the school, things do get a little better, but not enough to make up for the beginning. I usually really like YA books and try to enjoy it like I did when I was younger, so you can understand how this was a bit disheartening for me. I may consider reading the rest of the series, though, just so I can find out what happens, but I won't rush to grab it up. Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Isabelle is shocked when a silver strand of hair pokes through her scalp and grows into a large streak. Isabelle feels very embarrassed by the hair and thinks it looks weird and it makes her self-conscious at school. That day at home, she wishes that the strand never appeared. Then, the strand shrivels up and gets discolored. Isabelle is even more shocked when 2 people (well 1 person and one talking cat who used to be a person) from a magical world called Agartha (a strange world of magic) show up and tell her she’s going to die in five days unless she can heal her strand. Isabelle learns that the strand is a source of magical powers, HER magical powers and she must pass some “tests” in order to heal it. But is it too late? This was one of those “I-got-in-trouble-because-my-parents-caught-me-reading-this-book-under-my-covers-with-a-flashlight-at-ten-o’clock-at-night-on-a-school-night” books. I really liked the plot to this story and I couldn’t put it down (hence the “under the covers” part :) ). The book was a fun read for me because of the magic part of it and there was the right amount of humor mixed into it. Isabelle is a great main character. I enjoyed getting to know her and I cared about what was happening to her. Esme and Boldrick (the two from Agartha) were good characters too. Ms. Clarkson did a good job writing an exciting story that is good for younger kids. By the end of the book, I was wanting more (but in a good way). I am glad to see that this is book 1 so I am guessing a book 2 is being written! YAY! The only thing I would change is that the cover was a bit too dark on the ebook version I read, but it still looks cool. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite The Silver Strand, by L.J. Clarkson, introduces readers to Isabelle Tresdon — an artist and scientist who, while suffering through gym class with a headache, ends up on the floor with pink dust that sparkles around her, then fades away. Minutes later, Isabelle sprouts “granny hair.” This silver streak worries Isabelle. Will the others kids now give her “grandma" nicknames, like Ethel, Beryl, or Shirley? With the assistance of her best friend, Bianca, Isabelle attempts to cut off the silver streak. Only later does she learn that it is her ticket into the Mastermind Academy, a school of magic. Presented with a series of tests she must pass in order to earn back her silver streak, Isabelle begins a journey full of chaos, worry, and fun. She discovers how to use her imagination to envisage the solution to a problem, how to appreciate her own unique beauty and that of others, and how to believe in herself. In The Silver Strand, Clarkson has provided Isabelle support via a cast of characters rich in quirky personality traits. Meet Bianca, the tough best friend who uses her shirt to wipe off “a year’s worth of smudges” from her eyeglasses. Meet “Mom,” who has kept her own silver streak hidden all these years! One after the other, from Mr. Higgins, the science teacher who conducts dangerous in-class experiments, to Jemima, who accuses Isabelle of being an alien, to Boldrick, destined to live in the form of a cat for years, to Esme the daredevil, to Max the toad, to Ramala the dragon — who initially intends to season, roast, and then eat Isabelle — The Silver Strand delivers. With charm, wit and laugh-out-loud dialogue and prose, Clarkson has created a story that is destined to become a favorite for middle grade and pre-teen readers!