Utopia, Iowa

Utopia, Iowa

by Brian Yansky

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ISBN-13: 9780763665333
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brian Yansky is the author of Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences and its sequel, Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments, as well as Wonders of the World and My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Utopia, Iowa 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel Utopia, Iowa is a mystery/fantasy novel set in a somewhat magical town in Iowa. Some people in the town have the ability to communicate with dead people. I like that the Yansky, through strong prose and setting, easily suspends the reader's disbelief and, therefore, does not spend a long time delving into why the main character, Jack, can see dead people. I loved that the novel meshed these two genres and did it well. The book weaves between dealing with normal adolescent issues, the girl Jack is interested in and shift of his parents' relationship from loving to a bit rocky, and Jack helping, a bit involuntarily and with the help of the dead, to solve the mystery of two girls' murders in his hometown. It's a fun read with all the necessary ingredients: a little bit of magic, a couple murders, and some light romance. The book is also humorous, which is difficult to find, while touching on some profound aspects of life. I would definitely recommend this book.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
The novel Utopia, Iowa is a fantasy story set in a somewhat familiar feeling little town in Iowa. It tells the story of high schooler Jack Bell, who has a fascinating gift to see and communicate with the ghosts of the deceased. This gift may also be a curse, however, as he attracts the attention of some malignant creature from the world of the dead, and must work together with his gifted and normal friends and family to keep himself and his hometown safe. Yansky's writing style is unique in many ways, and his playful characterization of Jack and his friends, as well as his inclusion of movie references throughout the story, give the novel a very humorous, fun feel, while the plot consists of lots of action and just a touch of teenage romance. With this diverse mix of genres, Utopia, Iowa should be an enjoyable read for most teens, and maybe even their parents. review by Tyler S., age 16, Baton Rouge Mensa