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Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper (edition 2008)

by Michael Reisman, Nicholas Hormann (Reader)

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Title:Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper
Authors:Michael Reisman
Other authors:Nicholas Hormann (Reader)
Info:Listening Library (Audio) (2008), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Collections:Audio, fantasy, Kicked to the Curb
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Simon, Owen and Alyson acquire magical powers related to science and how the universe works (Simon can control gravity, Owen velocity and Alyson harnesses electricity). Their new abilities and resulting disasters attract the attention of the Union, a group of members who make sure the universe runs smoothly. A page out of the HP canon but with an edge of sarcastic (and sometimes corny) humor. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Nerdy sixth-grader Simon Bloom finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics, but when two thugs come after him, he needs the formulas in the book to save himself.
  lkmuir | Dec 11, 2015 |
Fast paced with snappy dialogue. Tongue in cheek.
Middle school characters. Lots of curriculum here, physics. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Sorry, this was just too precious. Perhaps I'm influenced by an inferior reader, but I'm not really tempted to try the print version either. Gave up after chapter 4. Characters not interesting enough or believable. Slow and unconvincing action. Bleh.
  2wonderY | Nov 3, 2012 |
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Scientific superpowers, evil villains, and excellent pizza! When Simon Bloom and his friends find an old physics textbook, their lives change forever...Simon discovers he can control the laws of physics with the formulas in his book. At first, it's all defying gravity and playing with science but when two thugs show up Simon discovers there's a lot more going on than science.

The flow of the story was a little choppy at first, especially the off-site narrator thread, which never quite fit the story, but the basic plot was strong and it made me laugh. Therefore, it rateth high on my list. Plus, what graduate student hasn't felt like a sparrow? And who doesn't want to try flying? I actually read the scientific bits, which I usually skip in science fiction, but I was pulled into the story enough that I wanted to follow the science behind the science-bending powers. A fun, fast read.

Verdict: There's a distinct lack of good science fiction for elementary and middle grades. This story is an interesting combination of science fiction and fantasy, with an emphasis on science. Recommended for younger elementary students who can handle the length and for middle grade students whether or not they think they like science!

Revisited: This first title is only available in paperback. A sequel is out of print and the third book is only available in ebook format. This is a pity because, although these books rarely check out on their own, every time I recommend them kids love them. The author seems to be no longer writing (at least his website has no updated news since the ebook was released several years ago) which is too bad; although I don't think the writing is award-worthy, it's certainly a fun and popular read and the mix of science is a great addition.

ISBN: 978-0525479222; Published February 2008 by Dutton; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Oct 25, 2011 |
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Look around you. What do you see? If you're inside, you might see walls, carpeting, furniture. If you're outside, you might see grass, buildings, sky. But the world is a lot more complicated than it seems.
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Sixth-grader Simon Bloom can’t believe his luck when he finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics. By simply reciting the formulas it contains, he can cancel gravity to fly around his bedroom, or decrease friction so he can slide down the street as if he were on Rollerblades. When two thugs with evil intentions come after Simon, he must use the formulas to save himself and the book from falling into their hands. This funny, fast, and imaginative novel from first-time author Michael Reisman will appeal to fans of both fantasy and action-adventure.
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Sixth-grader Simon Bloom can’t believe his luck when he finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics. By simply reciting the formulas it contains, he can cancel gravity to fly around his bedroom, or decrease friction so he can slide down the street as if he were on Rollerblades. When two thugs with evil intentions come after Simon, he must use the formulas to save himself and the book from falling into their hands. This funny, fast, and imaginative novel from first-time author Michael Reisman will appeal to fans of both fantasy and action adventure.

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