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

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  2,361 Ratings  ·  230 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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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
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 20/08/2010 (first published 2009)
Author: Catherine Cooper
Recommended for: children and young adult

I thought that this book was incredibly well written, the descriptions about the characters, the setting, the surroundings really made the book come alive to me. It is aimed at children but I think any age could enjoy it. For children it would be a good book to help stretch their imaginations to new lengths. It does start off a little bit slow at the beginning but the plot soon quickens
Leah (White Sky Project)
May 19, 2016 Leah (White Sky Project) rated it really liked it
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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
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Oct 31, 2012 Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) rated it really liked it
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
Janice Marquardt
May 08, 2011 Janice Marquardt rated it liked it
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
Mar 14, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it
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.

Jack Brenin
Jan 02, 2012 Cat rated it it was ok
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
Oct 18, 2012 Sheikh rated it really liked it
It is getting more and more interesting and Jacob is getting better at flying as a raven and the team found a baby dragon!
Mar 04, 2012 Dy rated it did not like it
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
Oct 25, 2011 Marissa rated it did not like it
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
Apr 25, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it
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
Derek Oberg
Sep 28, 2011 Derek Oberg rated it really liked it
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
Jan 14, 2011 Mathematical_cats rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2011 Meredith rated it it was ok
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
May 15, 2014 Katy rated it it was ok
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
Feb 26, 2014 Barry Lillie rated it liked it
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
May 18, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
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It was a good read, meant for a younger audience. It reminded me of how much I loved The House With The Clock In Its Wall growing up, and The Golden Acorn certainly has the kind of magic and adventure that I think kids would be drawn to. I am interested enough to read the next book, so it was definitely worth my time to download the free copy from Amazon. I do want to pick up a print copy simply because the cover is so lovely!
Apr 13, 2011 April rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 09, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
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!
May 24, 2012 Leesa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-at-age-12
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Carol Ann Hoyt
Nov 29, 2011 Carol Ann Hoyt rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 20, 2012 Sade rated it it was amazing
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.
May 19, 2011 Valerie rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 19, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Writing seems to be geared for like upper elementary ages. Overall, it was enjoyable. It has a celtic feel with druids, dryads, wands, dragon, and other magical creatures and things. The characters are very nice and polite (aside from those who are to be humorously rude, like Camelin and the spriggans), with a little action near the end (with the Romans). It's more of a light fantasy read.

It's the first book in a series, I got this e-book free off Amazon and although it was a nice little book, I
Apr 29, 2014 Kirsty rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood-books
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
Sep 20, 2016 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it
The Golden Acorn is a really good book and I recommend to anyone who likes fantasy. It is a more sophisticated, mature fairytale for middle schoolers. fantasy. It starts when Jack, an ordinary kid, gets hit in the head with a golden acorn. I would have never guessed that this little acorn would take him on an adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, he meets talking animals, dragons, and fairies. It is full of plot twists and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is an easy to a medium readin ...more
Sep 07, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent young tale of magic and friendship and learning to be the person you want to be.
Natalie Dow
May 18, 2014 Natalie Dow rated it did not like it
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
Jackie B. Forman
An adorable coming-of-age tale with a Druid twist. I really enjoyed the characters Catherine Cooper established, as well as the world they live in. There were great messages told briefly and concisely without pounding the reader over the head with their message. I think 4th grade Jackie would have really loved this book.

As an adult, I found the pacing didn't catch me. It took me much longer to read this book than I expected since I was never captivated. The exposition went on far longer than I e
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
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