The Sun on My Head jHes that the two parents won t be together and his mother gets aob at "La Scala In Italy When "Scala in Italy When then wishes to stay in New York something happens to his mother to prevent her from traveling The Collectors are after Van and when they finally corral him he finds out information about what is going on and decides which side he needs to be on Strengths The world building in this was particularly engaging and Van is able to travel back and forth and meet with inhabitants of both worlds easily which makes it fun The story with Peter adds a nice dimension Van s hearing loss is well portrayed and his struggles with understanding speech are explained in a way that will help younger readers understand what it might be like Having an opera singer as a mother is not something many children have so that was interesting as well Weaknesses It was really hard to tell who the good guys were and even after Van decides I m not entirely convinced Mr Falborg in particular creeped me out a bitWhat I really think If this were a stand alone I would buy it but I don t really need any fantasy series They Riverbend Road (Haven Point, just are not circulating very well I love West s The Shadows but will encourage students to read that one I launched into this read hoping for the best It had a Secret Keepers vibe about it ala Trenton Lee Stewart I did think the story was clever and uniue at the beginning but I didn t find West to be a riveting story teller and I have to confess boredom by the middle of the story As the book was wrapping up I was trying to ascertain the main message that the author wanted me to take away and for the life of me I couldn t discover what it was There seemed to be no clear purpose or point in the story being told and without a clear purpose my use for a book is fairly eliminated I want to know why I m being engaged with as a reader I want to know what the author wants me to think about or believe in and Iust could not say what the main idea is behind The Collectors West was unclear and vague It definitely feels like a seuel is in the works but for my part I m not engaged enough to want to seek it out and so I probably won t I can t say that I m necessarily sorry To Have Read This Particular Title But have read this particular title but will say that I m likely to forget it as not Although he tends to go through life generally unnoticed Van himself is very good at noticing things Little things that other people would never see He finds out one day that he can even see some people whom other normal folks can t and that s where his adventures begin These usually invisible people are Collectors they steal away wishes before the Wish Eaters can get them But Van soon discovers that it s not at all
easy to discern which side is the right side in this struggle to discern which side is the right side in this struggle that things like good intentions can have disastrous effectsI loved this Schneider Honor Book both for it s excellent and imaginative story but also and especially for how Van is portrayed as a boy who wears hearing aids but how that isn t a major plot point Van is ust Van and his hearing aids are a part of how his life works NBD As it should be One of the things that I absolutely adored about The Collectors was the first chapter The wonderful image of the spider dangling from the ceiling and our first glimpse at the premise Such lovely descriptive passages that really capture your interest The way the story has you uestioning wishes Whether all wishes should come true Sure it s wonderful to wish for ice cream with dinner and have it come true but what if a wish could be dange. Ll wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended conseuences and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us But they aren't the only ones who have their eyes on the world’s wishes and they may not be the good guys after all .
review Ä E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ô Jacqueline WestI was provided a physical ARC of The Collectors by Jacueline West by HarperCollins Publishers and Greenwillow Books in exchange for an honest review4 starsI really enjoyed The Collectors The writing was compulsively readable I loved the characters and thought they were nicely defined and complex The worldbuilding was interesting and well distributed throughout the story The story was clearly geared toward readers of a certain age but despite being much older than the intended audience the writing didn t strike me as immature at all It was relatively simple straightforward storytelling that still felt clever to It was relatively simple straightforward storytelling that still felt clever to I was a little frustrated by some of the choices made by Van our main character but he s a young kid thrown into the center of a big adventure Who wouldn t make a few missteps in that situationWhile my hearing is only slightly below average I uite appreciated the inclusion of a HoH hard of hearing person as the main character From my admittedly limited perspective I thought West did well in realistically depicting what limitations Van did and didn t have as a result of being HoH and using hearing aids More of that please The CollectorsByJacueline WestWhat it s all aboutVan is the young son of a famous opera singer They live wherever his mother sings This makes Van the newest kid in his classwherever they go Van is also deaf and wears hearing aids but there are certain situations where he ust does not hear what people are saying Van also likes tiny things He seems to find something odd and uniue wherever he goes He loves looking down for small discarded treasures One day he sees a girl and her suirrelthat would be Pebbles and her suirrel Barnavelt Van can both see them and hear them and this is ust not supposed to happen This also marks his entrance into the creepy world of the Collectors Why I wanted to read itI love middle grade books that are mixed with a healthy dose of fantasy This book had that delightful dose What made me truly enjoy this bookI loved this book because of its wondrous mix of good guys bad guys and those that are in between Van gets braver and stronger and that is something he needed The idea of wishes coming true when you feed the Wish Eaters was fun and then ust a tiny bit scary Wellactuallya lot scary Wait until you find out what happens when the Wish Eaters are fed Yikes Why you should read it tooMiddle grade readers who love a book about a boy who can become a sort of a hero and who love adventures that take place in dark and kind of creepy placeswill love this book I can t wait to see what Van does next I received an advance reader s copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss and It was my choice to read it and review it I can t wait for the second book Lots of fun and it gets a lot of things right The boy isn t an orphan nor unloved but he still winds up having adventures There s comic relief not uite as annoying as Jar Far The magic has consistency and is creative original But there are problems too For example Van isn t much of a hero I mean he s brave as all get out but incredibly foolhardy when he gets a chance to be Mainly though he s being dragged around pushed around carried around and feeling compelled to do stuff he surely must know is Foolish If The Main If the main is at it seems to be that we need to work for what we want because wishing is a bad idea I d really like to see Van successfully actually work for something thinking through whether it s a good thing or notI do like the idea of not knowing who the bad guy. Even the smallest wish can be dangerous That’s why the Collectors are always keeping watchVan has always been an outsider Most people don’t notice him But he notices them And he notices the small trinkets they drop or lose or throw away that’s ,
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Theme Is Clear Don Tis clear Don t by appearancesBtw this is def the first in a series It doesn t end on a cliffhanger per se but it is the set up for at least one or two books I m not it is the set up for at least one or two books I m not whether I ll continue or notVan and his mother travel for her performances a lot London was a big grayish blur Paris was a big ivory blur Rome was a big sunny blurBottles as large as milk Once Upon a Time (Calluvias Royalty, jugs bottles small enough to fit inside a closed mouthHot dog with the Works Pizza Spicy Chicken Curry Pizzaview spoiler You know most of the time cats areust pretending to be asleepBut does West know about broken legs nowadays My son s treatment was very different hide spoiler Deep thoughts on power conseuences and motive run throughout this wildly creative uniue adventure Holy cow Jacueline West you have written a delightfully delicious fantasy story This is a book you cannot put down until the very last page compulsively readableWhile I was sad to turn to that last page I m heartened to know that there is a second one coming around soon enough The Collectors is the first in a planned two book seriesYou ve gotta love the world she weaves dream eaters that remind you of Gremlins a lovable easily distracted suirrel and its main characters Van and Pebble with whom you want to be friends The secondary characters are eually well drawn the mysterious Mr Falborg and Van s opera singing mother are standouts The fact that I haven t yet mentioned Van s hearing impairment until now mind you tells you that West carefully and skillfully wound that part of his persona into the plot I especially liked that HE did not wish for that to be alteredAs an elementary Language Arts teacher I am forever grateful to writers like Jacueline West who write UP to this age group of readers Her word choice world building and hidden messages or so whats indicate a deep respect for her readersAnd what might be some little life lessons tucked away you wonder While there are many the two I plan on focusing on when our book club meets next month are BE CAREFUL FOR WHAT YOU WISH and LIFE IS FULL OF GREY AREASHighly recommended for the 8 12 year old crowd Now I M Just Waiting I m ust waiting hear about the movie deal in the worksWishes are extraordinarily hard to control could you understand something deeply enough that you could no longer take either side at all E ARC from Edelweiss PlusGiovanni lives in New York City with his mother who is an opera singer His father was a set designer and the one thing Van has kept through all of their moves to different cities is the mauette his father had a small stage with curtains He finds objects out on the street and uses them to reinact scenes on the stage His freuent moves as well as the fact that he is hard of hearing occasionally makes it difficult for him to make friends so when he runs into Pebble in the park he feels a connection to her She s a bit odd wearing a long coat in the warm weather but he follows her and eventually finds out that she is part of a group of Collectors who gather wishes and keeps them safe in an underground facility He also meets Mr Falborg who collects a number of different things including Wish Eaters He claims that Pebble s group is trying to starve and abuse the Wish Eaters who are little tiny and cute and he gives Van a Wish Eater of his own to keep Since he needs to feed it wishes he wishes for a number of things in order to feed it but wishes are unpredictable For example his mother is dating the father of Peter Grey who doesn t like Van very much so he wis. Hy his collection is full of treasures Then one day Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain and everything changes He follows the girl Pebble and uncovers an underground world full of wishes and the people who collect them Apparently not .