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Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning ...more
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Published October 26th 2010 by Flatiron View Books
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Heather
"Hi! I'm Kevin Tobin and well, this is my Point of View. See, the lady that runs this review page- she's been really busy lately with some personal stuff, you know, grown up things, so she asked me to tell you about my book, my Point of View. Sooo, here I am! This book is about a time in my life- a very eventful time in my life- when everything was going wrong- including me. But I learned that sometimes, wrong is the only way to make it right-ya know what I mean?

Anyway, one way my life was wrong
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Jennifer Bielman (Bad Bird Reads)
The Good
Kevin's Point of View is not my typical read. But when Shannon contacted me to review his book, he presented it in such a way that I had to know what this book was about. And I can honestly tell you I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It has non-stop action, a great protagonist that you continuously cheer for, and a seriously evil bad guy that you can't help but yell out "Why won't you die?" every time he shows up to once again wreak havoc.

I was surprised how heartf
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Sandra Stiles
Kevin's Point of View was one of those strange books that grabbed me at the beginning and then confused me a little. I decided to hang in with the reading thinking it was my inability to focus due to intermittent reading while I tried to prepare for company. I'm glad I stuck with it. The books starts out with Kevin having a delusional moment. He's lost his father in the past year and is having an extremely hard time dealing with it. Counseling doesn't seem to help. Then we switch to a device cal ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Twelve year old Kevin has a very active imagination, and it's his imagination that helps him deal with the death of his father, and keeps him and his friend Tony alive after their hair raising adventure. What I liked about Kevin is he can turn the most normal, every day and even boring thing into some sort of fun game. He becomes whatever character he can imagine, doing what every daring thing he thinks up. I couldn't help feeling sympathy for Kevin, he was doing the best he could in co
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Hang on to your hat, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Because this book takes you on adventure.

Kevin is the main character who is really a character. He escapes inside his mind to filter out reality when things are tough. One minute he is Kevin, the next he is Captain Disaster, the hero who finds a way out of a difficult descision. He started escaping into imagination when his father died the year before.

Now that the stage is set, a suprise package comes. It has been misaddressed and Ke
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Jessica
Kevin's Point of View was a very different book from what a usually read. It was a little strange but absolutely wonderful at the same time! It was full of adventure, twists and turns and even humor.

Kevin's world changes when he loses his father. He deals by escaping into his own world and finding the courage to face danger. Then Kevin gets a gift from an unknown source called The Influxitron. The gift ends up bringing danger to Kevin, his sister and her boyfriend and Kevin's best friend. The e
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Vicki
When I first read the blurb for the book, I thought it would be a fun read. Then I saw that it was 400 pages and thought, oh crap. Anyone who knows me or reads my blog, knows that I like shorter books, between 200-250 pages, but lately all the books I’ve been reading have been 300 or more. But 400… I rarely read a book that long unless it’s author is my all time favorite, S.K., but I decided to give it a try since I loved the synopsis. I opened the cover and started reading, hoping I didn’t get ...more
Kristina
I accepted this book for review from the author because I thought it would be a very fun read, and I was not wrong about that! There is so much adventure that I think it would keep any young child interested.

Kevin is dealing with a lot of pain and I felt for him. Prior to the beginning of the book, Kevin's father died in an accident, and to deal with his loss and emotions, Kevin's imagination flourished. You can even say it developed into something that can come across as a little dangerous. He
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Faye
I don't know exactly where to start with 'Kevin's Point of View.' There were so many great things about it! I loved the story! It was cute and light but it still had depth and was completely engaging. From the first few pages you are sucked into Kevin's world and you get stuck there. I just wanted to keep reading because it was such an amazing story.

My favorite character in the story, hands down, is Kevin. I loved that you actually get to see his immaturity and how unpredictable he is. I found m
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Tammy Dahle
My Thoughts:
Kevin's imagination has a life of it's own and has been his coping mechanism for the past year. He is a twelve year trying to deal with the sudden death of his dad. His mom is worried as she sees him jump from reality to fantasy-never knowing which one she will be dealing with or cleaning up after.
One day Kevin receives a package in the mail meant for someone else. This package contains a machine that can change the course of history by making time travel possible. Unknowingly, Kevi
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Kelly
I was not expecting there to be so much action in Kevin's Point of View, but it turns out it's a fantastic adventure story with great characters, an interesting plot, and a psychological aspect that I found fascinating.

I was sucked in from page one. Kevin's Point of View is one of those books I just couldn't stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen next. There's a lot happening in the book, but Del Shannon weaves it all together wonderfully. I love how he handled Kevin's issue of day
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Sam
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4.5 STARS

Kevin's Point of View is a book packed full of humour and action! Yes, action! From the cover you wouldn't think that this book would contain such an extraordinary adventure or scenes that get your heart racing. Del Shannon has stunningly written an entertaining novel that will interest readers of all ages.

The story starts off fairly subtle, but then, our main character, Kevin, finds a parcel on his doorstep. It's a machine. He calls his partner
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Emi
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Kevin's Point of View was a strange book. Yes, a strange--but humorous--book that grabbed my attention right from page one. Shannon did a wonderful job capturing the personality and imagination of a twelve-year-old, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Kevin's mind switch from reality to role-playing mode as he battled the bad guys throughout this story. Watching him escape his troubles by retreating into his imagina
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Tiffany
Kevin Tobin is your average 12-year-old. He goes to school, harasses his sister and is always causing trouble with his best friend, Tony. Unfortunately, Kevin's father passed away a year earlier in a terrible accident. Since then, Kevin has been getting into far more trouble, especially when he escapes to his imagination and dreams that he is someone else. Almost a year after his father died, Kevin receives a strange package in the mail. When he and Tony start messing around with it, they realiz ...more
Nic
What an ingenious book! Kevin's not a normal 12-year old boy. He lost his dad in an accident a year ago, and since then, he's developed a super imagination to get out of less-than-ideal situations. So we kind of think he's a bit of a nutball, but as we see throughout the book, he's actually a very resourceful and reliable nutball.

Kevin receives an Influxitron (you'll find out what that is soon enough, when you get the book) and all hell breaks loose. Evil Devin wants it back and he'll do anythin
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Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
What I Liked: 1) The plot. This story was quite a bit deeper than what I was initially expecting. There is an interesting psychology behind the reason Kevin is the way he is, and the way his family and friends act around him. While I view this book as a middle grade chapter book, that's something that will strike older readers and keep them flipping pages. 2) Kevin and Tony's friendship. It's an interesting insight into the relationships of guys. Of course, these are 12 year old guys, but I imag ...more
Big Book Little Book
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Book recieved from author in exchange for an honest review.

Kevin’s point of view is a really great book that is about a normal 12 year boy still suffering from the quick, and suspicious, death of his father a year ago, who he loved so very much. He deals with this by wondering deeply into the depths of his talented imagination - separating himself from the rest of the world. A few days before he goes on his school field trip to the Rockies, a strange p
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P.E.
Kevin's Point of View was a really imaginative read unlike anything I've read in a long time. Unfortunately, I didn't really feel like I was the right audience for the book and because of that it didn't work for me. However, I think this is just the read a bunch of younger boys I know of would enjoy, and I'll pass it along to them.

Kevin's Point of View is about a normal 12 year old boy with a heck of an imagination. Ever since his dad died, Kevin can retreat his mind to somewhere else if he does
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Lyrical
For a woman in her twenties, I have to confess I'm a real sucker for a middle grade male-oriented action adventure. But I need to be more specific: I like middle grade male-oriented action adventure that has depth and doesn't patronise the reader and it is without doubt that Kevin's Point of View fits very comfortably into that category.

I found the lead character, Kevin, immediately both intriguing and engaging. He is a boy who lives in his imagination, blocking out reality by immersing himself
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Naj (Unputdownable Books)
I can't believe it took me so long to pick up this book. Kevin's Point of View overstepped my expectations and simply blew me away. This is one book I will surely read to my kid brother, my son and even my future husband (who is in-touch with his inner child).

Kevin's Point of View is about Kevin, a very creative 12-year-old boy who's father recently passed away. Because of the pain and hardships he faced during the time of his fathers death. Kevin develops an imaginary way to overcome them. He s
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manda-rae
This book was too cute. Even though it's set in the 'real-world', I'm labeling it as fantasy because it definitely has some fantasy aspects. The book starts with a running start right into the story, and you get a feel for Kevin almost immediately. He's just your typical almost-teenager boy who likes to torment his sister and mother. And he also has an imagination he uses to escape from difficult situations. And who can blame him? I don't know what it feels like to lose a parent...

So what's in t
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Ron
When I got the request to review this book, I wasn’t sure at all about accepting it. It’s geared towards middle grade, and that’s not the age range I usually review for. But the fact remained: the premise was interesting, and I decided to take the plunge.

Well, I’m so glad that I did.

I’m not going to lie: it is middle-grader level. Those of you who enjoy the darker aspects of fantasy, or need to have everything making perfect sense through plausible explanations, you need to move towards books fo
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Larissa
Rating: 4.5 TURTLES: A really great read, I highly recommend!

chock-full of action! Being a chronic day-dreamer myself, albeit not to Kevin’s extent, I loved seeing inside his head and how he used his imagination to get out of even the toughest situations. Del Shannon’s writing sucks you right then and holds your attention until the end. The style reminded me a bit of Eoin Colfer’s style (one of my favorite children’s authors by the way).
Not only did I love Kevin, but I fell in love with the who
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Masquerade Crew
BEC'S REVIEW


For a book called Kevin’s Point of View this book spent less than half the time telling the story from Kevin’s point of view. The rest of the story was split between Kevin’s best friend Tony and the villains, Pudge and Devin. However once you get past the misleading name it was clear that this is a ‘boy’s book’ in that boys aged 10 and upwards would enjoy it (or girls who are into car chases and the like, I’m not saying girls can’t like it). The book is filled with action and chase s
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Kristan (Lost Amongst the Shelves)
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Kevin's Point of View is a hilariously fun and adventurous ride into the wild imagination of a 12 year old boy. After the death of his father, Kevin begins to unleash his imagination, taking over the life of Captain Disaster or Marine Boy, covering the pain and allowing all sorts of comical madness to ensue. When one day he accidentally receives an unknown package in the mail carrying the Influxitron (a time machine) Kevin becomes the prey of an evil madma
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Alysia
First, this is my first ever book from an author for review! Ok, now for the review.
I can't remember the last time I read an adventure book. This book reminds me of the Classic movie "The Goonies". I was a little reluctant to read it and I have no real reason why, but when I did I jumped into the 12-year old mind of a boy named Kevin and his BFF Tony.
At first, I was a little confused as what was going on. Kevin takes the reader (me) on his personal adventure and lived them out in the presence o
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April (Book Geek Central)
This book is defiantly an adventure! It went so many different ways and took me on one amusing ride that was for sure. Kevin’s Point of View is defiantly a book for all ages to enjoy. It taps into our imagination in some wacky ways (while your following Kevin’s imagination and the story as well).

There were so many different characters that were captured perfectly with so many different personalities (if that makes sense). I loved Kevin and his many imaginations he was just so fun to read and kep
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Valentina
If you are looking for a fun romp through all kinds of wacky, laugh-out-loud adventures, then this book should be on your list.
Kevin has an imagination that never stops. It goes into overdrive when he is under stress, and it gets him in and out of all kinds of strange situations. Kevin is definitely the star of the book, with a personality that overflows from the pages. His side-kick, Tony, is the more sedate of the two, and is as funny as you’d expect a boy to be when he has Kevin as a best fr
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Krystal


The summary is completely correct when it says that this book will appeal to all ages. This book is especially perfect for those hard-to-get-to-read middle grade boys. Kevin is easy to connect to and like. He has a sweet, inquisitive temperament that makes the reader like him instantly. He has recently suffered through his father's death and took it hard. In an attempt to create order in his life, he withdraws into himself and lets his imagination take over. When a strange package appears, Kevin
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Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
Kevin's Point of View is so full of imagination and creativity that I couldn't pull myself away from this book. The main character in this great book is Kevin of course and this little boy is fighting against his reality, fighting so hard that he comes up with all these wild stories to make it all okay in his mind.

I really enjoyed going on the crazy ride in this book. I will say this though it starts out a bit slow for my liking. This story is a great mixture of reality and imagination. I did s
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Del Shannon is a civil engineer and works on water projects around the world, and is also an independent writer and author. He lives with his wife and two children in Boulder, Colorado.
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