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Come Fall

by A.C.E. Bauer

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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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