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Endymion Spring

Fuzzy but intermittently exciting mystery.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The children lie and disobey their mother, endangering themselves.

Violence

An adult tries to kill a child.

Sex

A reference to a girl igniting "a fire in his loins."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and drunkenness. Blake tries a glass of sherry.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book includes a bit of violence and children in peril, but nothing unusual.

What's the story?

Blake and his younger, smarter sister, Duck, are hanging around Oxford while their mother works on her research. Mostly they're left in the Bodleian Library, where Blake discovers a strange, blank book called Endymion Spring.

The book, which seems to be alive, and which reveals bits of text only to Blake (much to Duck's annoyance) sets them on a quest for The Last Book, pursued by various greedy and dangerous adults.

Interspersed throughout are chapters in which Endymion Spring, a printer's devil in Gutenberg's workshop, tells the story of how he brought the book from Germany and hid it in Oxford.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Though it's undeniably an exciting page-turner and will have special appeal to children who love books, ENDYMION SPRING doesn't quite live up to its initial promise. The concept is intriguing and the Oxford setting is vivid, but the plot goes all fuzzy and wanders around -- it would have benefited from a stronger editorial hand. The characters are rather flat and the author creates more of them than he has any use for. By the end it's unclear what, if anything, has happened, or just what the magic is all about -- the blank book is as mysterious as ever.

Nevertheless, several of the scenes are brilliant, especially Endymion's escape from Mainz and Blake and Duck's scary exploration through the catacombs. First-time author Matthew Skelton shows great promise, but he needs to learn to get a firmer handle on his plot and to develop his characters so that they grow and catch the reader's sympathy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the power of books. Are they more than just paper and ink? In what way? Can they affect lives? History? Destiny?

Book details

Author:Matthew Skelton
Genre:Fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Publication date:August 22, 2006
Number of pages:392

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Teen, 14 years old Written byRw1000 May 6, 2012

BAAIAGW which stands for Books Are Addicting In A Good Way

This book was awesome. when i first started to read this book i couldn't stop. i stayed up till midnight just reading this book. to me this book is addicting. in fact after i finished reading it i started to read it again.
Teen, 16 years old Written byWolfpup April 9, 2008

Best book ever

WOW!!Magic, mystery, suspense, and a heck lot more. I lean could it get any better!
Aunt Written byKatie D. October 2, 2016

Gripping novel for imaginators

My 12 y.o. wanted to stay in the car & keep listening to the audio version. It captures the reader & gives some modern day drama that many kids understand (parents fighting & separation) while going the children a mental escape route. The kids find an unremarkable book in a library that leads them on an adventure of truly biblical proportions. Themes of good & evil. It digs into history - imagine Guttenburg meeting Faust. Adventure through Europe. Fun book.
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