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Sound Bender (Sound Bender #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  409 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews

A roaring, supernatural adventure that spans New York, and the globe!

After their parents' plane goes down over the ocean, Leo and his brother Hollis are forced into the custody of their rich and enigmatic uncle Crane, a dealer of rare and probably illicit antiques. But almost as soon as he's settled--or as close to settled as he can get in the bleak Brooklyn mansion, surro

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Nov 08, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, mg, male-pov
Do you ever stop and listen to the sounds around you? I mean really listen? The ticking of a clock? The rhythmic sound of tires running over pavement? When you're listening to a song, do you only hear the lyrics or do you hear the sounds all the other instruments are making? How about objects? Do you hear the sounds they make? Can you hear the danger in them? Twelve year old Leo Lomax can.

Following the sudden death of his parents, Leo and his ten year old brother Hollis, are sent to live with t
Aug 13, 2015 Syd rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I first picked this book up at a used book store, for like, one dollar (cheap, compared to most paperbacks these days) and I thought, interesting premise, I'll give it a shot when I get home later.

Later turned into two months. And now, here I am, finally reviewing this book with a desperate need to catch up to my reading challenge.

Alright, I was skeptical about reading this. Middle Grade is something I haven't read in a while. And the cover...Eh, not a big fan of it. It cou
Jan 29, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First reads

Leo Lomax and his younger brother Hollis have just moved in with their uncle Crane after a terrible plane crash took their parents. When the brothers arrive at their uncle Crane's Brooklyn warehouse, they're less than impressed; their uncle was a dealer of priceless artifacts, yet there was no hint of luxury. That was, until Klevko, their uncle's assistant brought them to the huge penthouse on the top floor of the warehouse. Leo can tell already
Mz. Diana Gagliardi
Apr 17, 2012 Mz. Diana Gagliardi rated it it was ok
Sound Bender- a name, an ability, a title, a book.

I met the authors, mother and son, this fall. This sound-centric book is based on real things that Theo Baker did- wonder with a tape recorder, facinated by sounds and listening to the world around him. Years later he and his mom (co-writer of series of books with Harold Winkler, etc) took that concept and gave it an S/F bend.

Leo Lomax (named after the incredible father and son recording team of the 1930s- I asked :)) is about to turn 13 when h
Apr 05, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads. My 12 year old is reading it now - I will update this when he is done since it is geared toward the younger crowd. That being said, I enjoyed the book. Of course, the parents die in the beginning and he and his brother go to live with an uncle. It is about a boy discovering new talents and how to listen to his inner voice that tells him what is right. He learns he has a new power on his 13th birthday. I don't like to list too much about the story itself but it was a ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Collin rated it it was amazing
I just finished Sound Bender, and am so glad I checked it out. It has a truly unique and fascinating premise. It was a fast and engaging read, terrific for middle grade or young adults who love adventure and music. I highly recommend this book.
May 07, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
Sound Bender I thought was a really good book. If you like action mystery and a little bit of sadness you have the right book. I liked that the mystery of the book made it a little more sad because of kind of following a trail his dead father left him to found out who he really was. Another thing that I liked out the book is that everyone in the book that can help Leo out try's to help him find out where he is from even the people that only knew his father. The only thing that I didn't really li ...more
Music Luver
Sound Bender is one of the best books ever! There is a little mystery on every corner!I cannot wait till the second book!
Lin Oliver did good.
Anna Gille
May 08, 2016 Anna Gille rated it it was ok
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Sara Rasheed
Jul 20, 2014 Sara Rasheed rated it liked it
This was good. Another one of those book where you just pass by your cousin's bookshelves pick it up and read it! :P
Two things, from this book, were new for me to experience.
Firstly : Sound.
Yeah, Sound. I've never bothered to think that deep about the sound. Its everywhere. Its even here when I'm typing these words. This guy, Leo, I thought was too boring at first who just loved nothing else in the world apart from sounds, and not the music ones, sounds which general things in life makes wher
Diane Ferbrache
Aug 19, 2012 Diane Ferbrache rated it it was ok
Shelves: washyarg, young-adult
When Leo’s and his brother Hollis’ parents die suddenly, they are sent to live with their step-uncle Crane. Crane lives in a warehouse filled with priceless “artifacts” that he buys and sells. Through a mysterious letter from his dad, Leo discovers he is a “Sound Bender” – he can sometimes make connections to the past through sounds that emanate from certain objects. One of his experiences leads him to a discovery that will change his life.
This is an adventure aimed at middle school boys, but
Ms. Yingling
Jun 04, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
When Leo and Hollis' parents are both killed in a plane crash, they must move in with their uncle. Crane is a bit odd-- he buys and sells rare artifacts and may or may not be a criminal. Leo tries to settle in to his new life, but is unsettled when he receives a package for his 13th birthday... from his father. It includes an odd recording. Leo loves sounds, and frequently hangs out at Jeremy's used record store, so takes the disk there. He finds out that he was not in fact born in New York, but ...more
Claudia Naranjo
Fun, fast, easy, and packed with adventures. I think this book can be favorite for many children!

After their parents' plane goes down over the ocean, Leo and his brother Hollis are forced into the custody of their rich and enigmatic uncle Crane, a dealer of rare and probably illicit antiques. But almost as soon as he's settled--or as close to settled as he can get in the bleak Brooklyn mansion, surrounded by his uncle's dubious staff--Leo receives a mysterious package his father put together lon
Mar 08, 2013 Mandy rated it liked it
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Ian Wood
Sep 09, 2015 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Adam Nielson
Jan 12, 2015 Adam Nielson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Sound Bender is a fantasy book written by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker. The main character is named Leo Lomax. He was born on a primitive island, where the shamans titled him “Sound Bender.” This gives him the power to hear an object’s past. He often goes to a guitar shop, owned by a man named Jeremy. There he finds out about his birth.

The Sound Bender is a good book, because the characters are not flat, especially Leo. Leo is a person who always wants to do what’s right, who is adventurous, and w
Jan 31, 2016 Mamatufy rated it it was ok
Another winner here. Leo & brother Hollis have recently lost their parents in a plane crash. Now they are going to live with their father's step brother Crane who runs an import export business. After moving into Crane's warehouse/home Leo is given a special disc from his dad that will unlock all the secrets of his life. Turns out he can hear & reproduce all kinds of sounds as well as see the history of the things he touches. There's a little bit of typical teen stuff but it pretty quick ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it
A good piece of young adult fiction. I rated it as such; for an adult, I would rate it at 3 stars. Still. I was certainly entertained. Some logical flaws in the plot, but lots of fun. Even the bad guys are interesting, and a nice mix of good/bad/? in their characters. The authors dealt well with a 13 year old boy dealing with the loss of his parents and a change in his worldview at the same time. Nothing to offend anyone, and as such easy to recommend to your kids.
Jul 08, 2014 Josh rated it did not like it
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May 30, 2013 Praise rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. For Leo being a sound bender must have been weird and cool at the same time. I like this book.
Jun 01, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: tutoring
Good for middle school. It kept the boys reading and discussing. What more can a tutor wish for?
Nov 15, 2012 Lu rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I'm curious when the 2nd in the series will come out.
Chase A
May 02, 2016 Chase A rated it it was amazing
The story is by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker.The story takes place in the west upper side of new york. The weather was slightly icy.Leo Lomax (The main character)and his brother Hollis had lost their parents and want to live with a relative.Leo then receives a letter stating that all he knew about his childhood had been hidden and that he has a special power.Leo must learn to use this power for good and not sound insane stating that he has it.I like this story because I like uncovering mysteries.I ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Adam20 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june
Sound Bender
By: Lin Oliver, Theo Baker

If you could here the history by touching it would you think you’re different? Sound Bender, A mysterious adventure with a sci-fi twist, After their parents' plane goes down over the ocean, Leo and his brother Hollis are forced into the custody of their rich and snobby uncle Crane, a dealer of rare and probably stolen antiques. But almost as soon as he's settled, or as close to settled as he can get in the dingy Brooklyn mansion, surrounded by his uncle's br
Mar 31, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-literature
Leo and Hollis are newly orphaned brothers who must live with their rich but creepy step uncle. Leo turns 13 and weird things start happening to his hearing. He also gets a mystery package from his dad delivered on his birthday which explains his new hearing abilities. The story has potential but there are parts that just didn't flow well together. Students who like dolphins or are interested in the properties of sound will enjoy this book.
Jun 15, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and the premise of it was pretty cool. The idea of what a sounder bender is was very cool and it was interesting to see how the authors developed the story. This is a first book in a series, so a lot of background had to be covered. The action in this story was pretty good and should be enjoyed by the tween and young teen reader. It is also a pretty good way of introducing someone to fantasy.
Hanna Gilman
May 08, 2016 Hanna Gilman rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who hardly pick up a book
As much as this story is good, I'm not getting much food for thought. In fact, this feels like that dragon series where a person was writing a story about squirrels.

I feel really bad that I'm not really enjoying this to it's fullest potential. It just feels like I've seen this story a thousand times and it does get old after a while if you don't remake it into something of your own.
Cara Noyes
Feb 16, 2015 Cara Noyes rated it it was amazing
I saw this book at the Scholastic book fair and was intrigued. Leo Lomax has the ability to hear the past sounds of objects he touches. The story of his birth and naming was very cool, and I love how 13-year-old Leo treks to her South Pacific to follow his heart.

The story is well written and the concept is very cool! I look forward to the sequel.
Jun 22, 2014 Rachael rated it liked it
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Jun 24, 2012 Jan rated it it was ok
When 13-year-old Leo's parents are lost in a plane crash, he and his younger brother Hollis are sent to live with their Uncle Crane, whose business is the import and export of antiques (and perhaps some more sinister items). Soon after he arrives at his uncle's house, Leo receives a letter from his father, which contains a mysterious disc. When he touches the disc, Leo becomes dizzy and passes out. It turns out Leo is a Sound Bender, and when he touches items from the past, he can hear the long- ...more
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