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Spell Book Of Listen Taylor (2007)

– tekijä: Jaclyn Moriarty

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Twelve-year-old Listen Taylor learns a great deal from the eccentric and secretive Zing family, as she fumbles her way through a new school, problems with old friends, and a spell book she finds soon after she and her father move in with Marbie Zing.

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 10) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This was an odd book for young adults. It was an odd book no matter who it was written for. Main characters are mostly adults, having affairs, having adult issues. One character is middle school...Listen Taylor. One character is a second grader. Can't think of a single person I would recommend this book to. ( )
  RobertaLea | May 1, 2016 |
The story follows four different characters. Listen Taylor, who finds a spell book after moving in with her father's girlfriend, Marbie. Fancy Zing and her struggles with her life. Marbie Zing who thinks she may ruin her life with one mistake. And, Cath Murphy, Cassie Zing's second grade teacher. I thought the book would be more about Listen Taylor and the spell book. It is, but it is also about so much more. The Zing family has a secret and each Friday night they meet in the family shed. I enjoyed the book, but was somewhat disappointed in it. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Mar 29, 2013 |
The description of this book -- a 12 year old who gets involved with her stepmother's magical family and a spell book she finds in their house -- sounded good, but the voice is very YA, so much so that a spell book that you can only open one page of a day ends up sounding very childish. The author seems less interested in the protagonist than in the girl's stepmother and teacher. It didn't surprise me to read that she is a YA writer. I just don't think many 12 year olds will care what the stepmother and teacher are thinking about and worrying about -- and I don't many older teens will be all that interested in the protagonist. ( )
  Inky_Fingers | Nov 24, 2012 |
The spell book of Listen Taylor is a family-like book and is a revised version of 'I have a bed made of buttermilk pancakes'.

This book is set in Sydney, Australia and it has many characters. Some of the characters are Listen, Cath Murphy, Marbie and Fancy Zing and Warren Woodford. In every chapter it changes character and readers are lead into their point of view.

It starts when Listen finds the spellbook. It tells her when to turn each page and if she doesn't do as it asks, the book will not work.

The spellbook is meant to give Listen happiness, so she decides to follow the book. The spells do work but some of them go against Listen.

What we are to find out is will the spellbook give Listen the happiness she has been longing for, or will it not?

I recommend this book for girls 12+ and I would recommend this to anyone interested in magic.
  TLHelen | Nov 1, 2012 |
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

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. ( )
2 ääni | GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
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The Spell Book of Listen Taylor is a revised version of "I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes". The author says: "The result is a different story, and one that is aimed more at young adults" (see http://www.jaclynmoriarty.com/Books-L...). Please don't combine the two books.
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Twelve-year-old Listen Taylor learns a great deal from the eccentric and secretive Zing family, as she fumbles her way through a new school, problems with old friends, and a spell book she finds soon after she and her father move in with Marbie Zing.

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