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I found this book browsing the Teen section of my public library, liked the cover and blurb, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the five very different characters and how they came together in a middle school setting. Salman Page is a foster child who has been moved often. Now 14, he's learned to keep his head down and not get involved. Lu Zimmer is a wallflower whose best friend has just moved away. But she's excited to be a D.B., a designated buddy, at her Junior High, helping a new, younger student feel welcomed. She is assigned to Salman. Blos Peacse (what a name!) needs everything to be just so - structured and timely. He has Asperger's syndrome and no friends. Puck, the Faerie messenger, is caught between the King & Queen, required to serve both, but fearful of angering either one. Bird, a crow, brings them all together.

Salman, Lu and Bos become a trio of misfits at school and over time become fast friends. I like Salman because, despite his difficult life, he makes the best of things and is truly kind. He welcomes Bos as a friend immediately because he knows he's honest and solid in the real world. It takes Lu longer to accept and return Blos' friendship, but she is good to him.

Bauer inserts 3 essays that Salman write for his English class. He reveals himself in them. At the end, Lu writes a news article for the school paper about being a D.B. and Blos photographs Lu and Salman for the article.

A thoughtful, at times dreamy read. It is based loosely on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Salman Page is broadened from a page boy who was a point of discord between the King & Queen of Faery, but who never appeared in the play. Bauer always wondered what happened to these boys, so she created the character and wrote the story around him. ( )
  bookwren | Dec 16, 2014 |
The author has a cool premise--developing a character around the changeling boy who is the focus of the disagreement between Oberon and Titania in Shakespeare's [b:A Midsummer Night's Dream|1622|A Midsummer Night's Dream|William Shakespeare|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327874534s/1622.jpg|894834]. The story recounts the gentle growth of a bond between three middle school outsiders: a boy with Aspergers, a girl whose best friend has moved away, and a boy at his eleventh different school in one year. The characters are sympathetic, the school setting is realistic (strange to say, in a book inspired by a fairy tale!), and the writing is a pleasure to read. But the fantasy elements are so subtle, you might blink and miss them. Had I been a middle school reader looking for a fantasy, I would probably have felt a bit cheated. In a way, the Shakespearean backstory merely provides a reason for the characters' problems; magic it has little to do with the story's resolution. Most middle schoolers will be unfamiliar with Titania and Oberon anyway--drop out the bits told from Puck's point-of-view, and you have a good, strong realistic story. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
The prose was well done but by the end I was really wondering exactly what the point was. I've clearly been so indoctrinated with very action packed urban fantasy that anything else leaves me wanting. ( )
  kaitnolan | Mar 30, 2013 |
Drawn together by a mentoring program and an unusual crow, middle school misfits Salman, Lu, and Blos form a strong friendship despite teasing by fellow students and the maneuverings of fairies Oberon, Titania, and Puck. ( )
  prkcs | Sep 28, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375858253, Hardcover)

Lu Zimmer's best friend moved away last summer. Salman Page is the new kid in school. Blos Pease takes everything literally. Three kids who are on the fringe of the middle school social order find each other and warily begin to bond, but suddenly things start going wrong. Salman becomes the object of the school bully's torment, and Lu's pregnant mother has some unexpected complications. Is something conspiring against them?

In fact, through no fault of their own, Salman and Lu have become pawns in a game of jealous one-upmanship between Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of Faery, with the mischievous Puck trying to keep the peace.

Taken from Titania's mention of a foundling in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, A. C. E. Bauer spins an original tale about magical intervention in the least magical of settings: a public middle school.

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Drawn together by a mentoring program and an unusual crow, middle school misfits Salman, Lu, and Blos form a strong friendship despite teasing by fellow students and the maneuverings of fairies Oberon, Titania, and Puck.

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