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
Surprisingly good. I thought it was just going to overplay the whole 'genius' kid thing but it turned out 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 the beauty of 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 middle...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
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
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
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
Something that I found rather interesting was tha...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
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).