Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser - OPTIONAL

Glaser, Mechthild The Forgotten Book, 336 pages.  Feiwel and Friends, 2018.  $18.  Language: PG-13 (42 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Emma loves Stolzenberg and not just because she is glad to be back after following her mom’s new boyfriend around England.  But now she’s back at Stolzenberg School in the fabulous Stolzenberg Castle, with her father as headmaster.  This year is going to be different.  Emma is strating anew club with her best friends Charlotte and Hannah in the old abandoned library.  Cleaning it out, however, Emma finds a mysterious book – a book that seems to control things. But someone else or more than one someone wants to get their hands on the book and will do anything they can to get it.

I am not sure what the author wanted to do with making this based loosely on Pride and Prejudice, but it did not work for me.  The similarities kept intruding on a story that is jumbled enough as it is.  Time clues are lacking the most.  The author would have been much better off to leave the classics alone and just created their own character names.  I would have rather had another book in the Book Jumper universe.

MS, HS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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