It begins with a book.
The most boring book in the world. A book so boring no one could ever read it—the perfect place to hide a dangerous secret.
When best friends Luke and Tommy volunteer to help move books from their library's basement to higher ground during a quick-rising flood, they discover the ...more
Anyway, suffice it to say that I read 70 pages of this book. I had high hopes. Falkner's previous titles (especially Brain Jack) have been recommended to me, and I was looking for more "cool," actiony, boy books with good covers for my January Middle School booktalks.
The beginning of this book is hooky beyond belief. An ...more
Luke and Tommy are young boys who live in Iowa. A completely boring world, where the only interesting things they have to do are the pranks they play on others. Luke is from New Zealand, ending up in Iowa because of a job his father had to take in order to pay the bills. He is very smart. In fa ...more
I love books about books – secret books, coded books, historical books, books no longer in print, even the most boring book in the world, which is the subject of this story.
Brian Falkner has created and crafted an inventive story around Nazi Germany that one could not see coming from the first few chapters depicting the fairly mundane lives of 2 teenage boys living in Iowa. It seems that the critics and the public love stories that remind the reader of history and particu ...more
Something that I found rather interesting was tha ...more
I have to be honest that before I read the book I thought German Bad Guys + Leonardo Da Vinci makes a cliche book but actually no, I thought the Project was quite original in its ideas and the big secret of Da Vinci's was actually pretty cool.
The characters were really cool too. They a ...more
This book starts out with two middle school boys who got into trouble all the time. In the beginning the two buys tepee a statue that has history to their town. But these boys were good at heart. So even though they got in trouble they still helped out the community. Luke and Tommy, the two boys wer ...more
Initially The Project was just okay. The subject was not super exciting, but it was alright. Then you discover it was all just to set th ...more
Okay, yeah it was a bit juvenile and quite frustrating to read.
The plot didn't build up that much, and although there were a few surprises and twists, it was quite predictable otherwise.
In fact, I'm currently trying to decide whether the ending was "HELLA GOOOOOD" or "eh, predictable."
The characters just had it too easy. It wasn't straight up. Brian Falkner, keep it real, man!
It took me a while to complete the book bc of the annoying plot.
There were a few de ...more
I did love the writing. Falkner uses such vivid images to describe the world around the boys. For example,
"The mountains around them were dancing, ...more
two teenage boys (one has a photographic memory! the other speaks german!) are on a quest to prove that "the last of the mohicans" is the most boring book in the world when they discover an extremely rare book in the basement of a library. the next thing they know, they're involved in a plot to travel back in time and change the outcome of WWII.
i've heard a lot of really great things about brian falkner, and the premise of the book is interesting, but overall- wasn't fo ...more
Surprisingly good. I thought it was just going to overplay the whole 'genius' kid thing but it turned out to be quite amazing. It was a nice touch that the main character is treated as a side kick in his own story but I guess that's why I like it. One of the things I love about the whole 'sidekick' thing is that his not jealous of him or planning to take his ego down. They were just two friends with different personalities that complemented one another. This book was stressing me out in the midd...more
I always get a kick too when a Kiwi kid is instrumental in saving the day and all the references to local culture etc.
It's one I'd recommend to 10-12+ (and adults).