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Kepler's Dream

by Juliet Bell

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I really liked the bones of this story (who doesn't like stories about a precocious young girl, bravely facing her mother's illness, surrounded by a cast of eccentric characters) but the execution of it was not great. The editing was terrible -- there were several instances when the characters were described as wearing different clothes than they started out in. Also, as someone who has lived in Albuquerque for the past eight years, I couldn't figure out where the grandmother's house was supposed to be, or why the main character kept describing the summer nights as being cold. I have never been cold at night in Albuquerque in July. I couldn't tell if the author had never been here, or had not been here in such a long time that she couldn't remember it, or if she had been to another part of the state (like Santa Fe or Taos) and was trying to apply the aspects of those towns to Albuquerque. Disappointing read. ( )
  lisan. | Oct 4, 2013 |
A fun,light hearted story. Good for showing students that you can over come any trouble in your life.
  Lukesilvera | Apr 24, 2013 |
Sent to spend a summer with a grandmother she's never met, while her mother receives an intensive cancer treatment thousands of miles away, Ella knows that this may be the longest summer of her life. But when a beloved (and valuable) book is stolen from her grandmother's library, Ella suddenly finds herself in the middle of a mystery that involves not only the book, but much of what she thinks she knows about her family.

Kepler's Dream initially seems like a book about dealing with illness, but it quickly becomes apparent that the story is about family ties, misunderstandings, and, ultimately, forgiveness. Not at all what I expected, but in the best way possible. ( )
  novalibrarymom | Mar 31, 2013 |
Sent to spend a summer with a grandmother she's never met, while her mother receives an intensive cancer treatment thousands of miles away, Ella knows that this may be the longest summer of her life. But when a beloved (and valuable) book is stolen from her grandmother's library, Ella suddenly finds herself in the middle of a mystery that involves not only the book, but much of what she thinks she knows about her family.

Kepler's Dream initially seems like a book about dealing with illness, but it quickly becomes apparent that the story is about family ties, misunderstandings, and, ultimately, forgiveness. Not at all what I expected, but in the best way possible. ( )
  novalibrarymom | Mar 30, 2013 |
I enjoyed this story of a young girl who has to spend the summer with her very formal grandmother who she had never met and for whom books are her greatest love. Funny, well written. 8/16 ( )
  peggygillman | Oct 12, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399256458, Hardcover)

A young girl makes her fractured family whole again with the help of a very special book

When eleven-year-old Ella's mother has to be hospitalized to undergo a dangerous cancer treatment, Ella spends the summer at "Broken Family Camp" with her eccentric grandmother, whom she's never met. The situation is hardly ideal for either of them. Ella is scared her mother may die, but her grandmother seems to care more about her library full of books than she does about her very own granddaughter.

But when a rare and beloved book, Kepler's Dream of the Moon, is stolen from her grandmother's amazing library, Ella and her new friend Rosie make up their minds to find it. Finding the beautiful book her grandmother loves so much could even be the key to healing Ella's broken family.

An affecting and beautifully written story of family, forgiveness and the wonder of the stars, Kepler's Dream is a sparkling and memorable debut.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:53 -0400)

While her mother undergoes radical cancer treatment, eleven-year-old Ella stays with her father's mother in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she learns about grammar and family history, and helps investigate the theft of an extremely rare book from her grandmother's library.… (more)

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