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The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin #1)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  1,538 ratings  ·  213 reviews
When Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn lying in the grass, little does he know that it is the beginning of a thrilling and magical adventure. Just an ordinary boy, Jack has been chosen for a hugely important task, and enters a world he believed only existed in legend. Full of twists and turns and featuring characters such as talking ravens and mischievous Spriggans, The Gol ...more
Kindle Edition, UK Edition, 377 pages
Published August 20th 2010 by Infinite Ideas (first published 2009)
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Stacey
Why is it that some adults can write for children, and create a whole new world for the child to get lost in wonder, and others write as if "child" is synonymous with "stupid?"

The entire time I was reading this, I felt like a Stepford mom was leaning over my shoulder reading, "and then, THIS happened, and then THIS happened, and THEN do you KNOW what that means little girl? Well, I will just have to tell you! Wheeee!"

The story's potential (and it wasn't a bad story,) was suffocated under this a
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Leah
I am a sucker for free Kindle books on Amazon. Every once in a while I check the top 100 free books list and download the ones that seem interesting to me. I download too many of these books, but I have only read a few of them. Some of the ones I read were so-so, but one or two were actually good. The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper was one of the nice ones.

It took me a few days to read the book because I only read it in between breaks from work and what not. It is clearly a book for kids and i
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Sonia
I picked this up on my Kindle for free (thanks Amazon!), as I thought that my daughter would like it.

However, after I’d finished Arcadia Falls, I was going through a bit of a headachey time, and I knew that the next book I needed to start was Parrot & Olivier in America, which looked quite hard-going…so I took the easy route before starting it by reading this, a children’s book!

I’m glad I did, as it was lovely. Just lovely. My daughter has since read it, and really enjoyed it too.

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Cat
Although I really liked the world that the author has set up, I didn't feel like the story progressed in a natural or even interesting way. It was like the story was told with little detail, thus the story was a little dull.

The main character, Jack has a lot to learn and not a lot of time to complete his magical education. Although he has much guidance from Nora, his mysterious older neighbor and her young "niece" it is never explained why his grandfather (who is also Jack's guardian) allows his
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This book is classed as a children's book but I ask the following - at what age do you have to stop reading children's books? This book had everything I ask of a fantasy novel, rich in myth, history, folklore as well as magic, shape-shifters and a whole host of other creatures. We have the typical hero who doubts he is a hero but in this case, he is still a boy. I guess that's why it's a children's book.

This book skips along at a fairly even pace, with action of one form or another on every page
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Janice Marquardt
This book started out very slow, and I admit I did almost abandon it. But the plot does pick up, and the raven's character Camelin has some subtle humor worth a snort. I did feel the characters were very one-dimensional, including the protagonist, yet he was still very likeable. This was not a page-turning-gotta-find-out-what's-next kind of a read, but a more broad brush view of the world of the faerie from one author's viewpoint. I think the targeted audience of eight- to twelve-year-olds would ...more
Sheikh
It is getting more and more interesting and Jacob is getting better at flying as a raven and the team found a baby dragon!
Dy
Childhood adventures, mysterious legends, hidden worlds, and heroic destinies are such an integral part of young fantasy literature. I love these things for feeding a young boy's imagination. In that spirit, I bought this for the boys. It was disappointing. None of them ever got past the first few chapters.

I had to force myself to finish it, thinking perhaps it would take a while to develop the characters. They never developed. Nor could my mom-side stop twitching over the premise of a child's
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Marissa
Perhaps I should stop reading YA and children's books... I rated the entire Twilight series better than this book (and let me tell you, I know what crappy writing that series was! and also how shamefully addictive it was, as well...) No there was nothing remotely teen lusty that I felt while reading this, but it is meant for a younger audience, I think. That being said- it couldn't keep my attention and I'm usually quite good at keeping my attention focused. There was nothing particularly grippi ...more
Lee
Although written for children, this is a story that can be enjoyed by adults who've retained their enjoyment of a simple but entertaining yarn. I admit I downloaded it because it was free, but also because the Amazon reviews (many from adult readers) were generally very positive. The 'chosen one' plotline was fairly cliché and the peril was pretty tame, but it was enlived by a cast of characters who were consistently engaging and well-drawn, even the minor ones.
I would have adored this book whe
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Lyndee
I was expecting a YA novel, but this one is really meant for children. I think both my kids (ages three and six) would love this. Reading it with them in mind, I noted there was none of the typical name calling or bad behavior you might see in a longer book like this, most likely geared to children ages 6-10. Characters are not without flaw, but they are ultimately considerate of others. Very refreshing. It's not overly violent and suspense is quickly resolved- perfect for my kids right now.

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Derek Oberg
I really enjoyed this book. It struck me how anything new in this genre will never again escape comparisons to Harry Potter (and Lord of the Rings before it, of course). This is no exception. There are some very familiar elements used, but they are arranged in a way that is new and interesting from the start. Added to it is a lot of lore about Druids. I found myself wondering how much of it was taken from actual mythology.

I enjoyed the fact that there is no real antagonist in the story. There's
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Mathematical_cats
I was given a Kindle for Christmas, much to my surprise (thank you) and chose a large selection of free books from amazon. The Golden Acorn is the second on I have read. It is what I would describe as 'Light Fantasy', and a great way to start off a younger reader into the genre, and a light book for the fantasy addict. An enjoyable story which (so far) is completely different from other fantasy books I have read. I would recommend this book, it won't suit everyone but I am enjoying it and would ...more
Meredith
I think the cover art of this book is the best part about it - it offers color, beauty, and draw. The story unfortunately didn't live up to it. It had the potential to be wonderful but the author forgot about the intelligence of children when she wrote; the writing was prosaic. I kept hoping the book would get better because it had so much potential. When I reached the end of the story I was caught off guard. The story didn't feel finished to me; it didn't feel resolved. I truly believe Catherin ...more
Katy
Went away for a few days, and ran out of books before my 4 hour train journey home. I'd got this as a free e-book from Amazon, so decided to give it a go, when I realised I'd not added the classic I wanted to read. It was moderately entertaining, and passed an hour of the journey, but the characters weren't especially well developed, and the plot was really aimed at a reader around 7. If the next book were also free at some point, I might download it, but I didn't finish the book desperate to kn ...more
Barry Lillie
I nearly didn't bother reading this book after the glaring misspelling of 'sequel' on the second page promoting the second book in the series, but I thought I'd give the author the benefit of the doubt as the advertisement/promo may have been put together by someone else.

It a rather pedestrian read, the story is about a boy chosen to be 'the one' to go on a quest to save druid/nymphs etc, however the actual quest doesn't take place until the last three chapters and then is a rushed example of an
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April
I got this book for free on my Kindle thinking I could entice my 13 year old reluctant reader to read a book if it was on a fun device but I haven't given him a chance to read it yet. I started previewing it for him but I found it so fun I had to finish it! I see there is a sequel for Kindle and I will be grabbing that one next to find out about Jack's next adventures.
Denise
Jul 09, 2012 Denise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy Genre Fans...Kids ages 9+
Shelves: own-ebook
Excellent Story for all Fantasy Genre readers! Also a very good reader for kids ages 9 and up! It's written in words for kids but I enjoyed it immensely. I burned through all 3 books in this series in 2 days! It's unique story line, lovable characters, and comedic lines make this a great read for all!
Leesa
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Carol Ann Hoyt
I read this to my 7 year old grandson. He absolutely LOVES it! Every day he could hardly wait until I read him the next chapter. He is now eagerly looking forward to my reading the second book in the series to him (Glasruhen Gate). I am looking forward to giving him so much enjoyment.
Sade
this book and series has alot of promise and potential. Although it started off slow I quite enjoyed the story and imagination involved in writing this book. In my opinion this author will write great and amazing things in the future that I will definitly read.
Valerie
Weak. Not enough whimsy, humor, wonder or originality. It's clearly meant to be the start of a series, but I don't care what happens next and I'm happy to abandon these one-dimensional characters to their own dull company.
Kirsty
So, I feel somewhat duped into writing this review. I downloaded this book for free via the Kindle store as it was on one of the Young Adult lists.

It's not a young adult book by any stretch of the imagination. This is a book for kids.

I'll give it kudos for being original, at least to an extent. What I will complain about is the fact that it relied upon telling, and didn't show. Even when I was a kid, I'd have found this book somewhat of a drag as it's not particularly engaging.

Would I recomme
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April
Excellent young tale of magic and friendship and learning to be the person you want to be.
Natalie Dow
I really didn't like this book because it wasn't my style and I really didn't like way it was written. I hated this book so much I couldn't even explain it. I wish I didn't even start reading it because I have this thing where if I start a book I have to finish it. It was fictional characters and I don't really like fantasy... Well actually it depends.. I would only recommend this book to people who like boring books or younger readers/mums or dads who want to read it to their younger kids who l ...more
Tricia
Like many of the reviewers here, I got this because it was free for the Kindle - and in my case, because I saw that it was "x-ray enabled" and I wanted to see what that was all about. I also saw this as a possible Kindle read for my boys (8, 11, 14). I still do a lot of bedtime reading with my 8yo (and sometimes 11yo), and read many of the same books as my 11 and 14yos, so I have a sense of what they might like. I think the 8yo would enjoy the basic story line, the 11yo might, the 14yo would get ...more
Stephanie
This is a children's book and not a YA book, and it kind of makes it painful to read as an adult. I spent half the book bored, and the other half rolling my eyes. If I was younger, or if I was reading the book with a child, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more. As it was, I felt like the author was assuming I was slow witted and writing her story accordingly. The beginning is the worst, and more than once I considered just not finishing the book at all, but the end picks up a bit. The chap ...more
Kari
I've been seeing this book around the internet, so I figured I'd give it a shot. It definitely belongs in the YA genre, which doesn't really affect the quality of the book, I was just expecting somewhat differently. I think the book really got going at chapter 18--that seems like the story the author was just aching to tell, because that had the most substance. The previous chapters were interesting enough to keep me going, but were a little dry. About 3/4 through the book, I realized that I fel ...more
Kevin Futers
Not a bad book at all. Obviously its target audience is young - more child than YA. It does not really compare to Harry Potter, as there is very little development of the magical other world that sits alongside our own. I think a better comparison would be with the magical world of Alderly Edge in Alan Garner's books (The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath). I feel that there is a real local geography that is being described to us here, but I miss the attention to detail that I wo ...more
Marimirl
Das ebook gibt es derzeit gratis auf Amazon! Ich weiß nicht, wie lange die Aktion noch gilt. Es dürfte leider keine deutsche Übersetzung geben.

"The Golden Acorn" ist der 1. Teil rund um die Erlebnisse von Jack. Jack wurde auserwählt, einem Baum das Leben zu retten. Als er ein goldenes Ahornblatt fand, wusste er noch nicht, dass es sein Leben verändern würde und er sich damit in eine magische Welt begibt. Er lernt sprechende Vögel, wachehaltende Ratten und noch vieles mehr kennen.

Ich bin eigentli
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