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Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector

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2013 Honor Book, Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (K-6 category)

Set in Upstate New York, this coming-of-age story is about a boy and his faithful metal detector. Eleven-year-old Cooper and his mom run an antique store out of the old barn next to their house. Cooper dreams of a better life, so when he finds an old metal detector during one of his garag
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Paperback, 243 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Namelos
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Angie
Oct 19, 2013 Angie rated it did not like it
I couldn't get passed the silliness of this book. Cooper talks to all his possessions and they talk back...his bike, mirror, metal detector, etc. He and his mom both seem depressed whether it is from the loss of his little brother as a baby (who Cooper still sees and talks too) or something else. They are in the middle of Revolutionary War territory and find all kinds of artifacts on their property. Cooper is obsessed with garage sales and always seems to find the best items. He sells those ...more
Julie Williams
Oct 21, 2013 Julie Williams rated it it was ok
Wow...this was one strange book. I am not sure what to think really. I plodded my way through it but I didn't really enjoy it. Part of me appreciated the setting - Elmira, NY because I am originally from the area but....

I struggled with the layout of the book. The font was too small and too crowded...very off putting for middle school readers who like white space. Cooper was such a strange character...not sure if any of my students will relate.

Overall this was really a dud for me...sorry.

Valerie
Apr 07, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector was a surprising read. I chose to read it based on the title alone, a personal connection with the name Cooper. It wasn't necessarily the best reason to pick a book, but I'm glad I did.

Cooper is a young boy that lives with his mother. They run an antique shop. They used to go to garage sales together to find items to sell in their shop. Now, Cooper does most of the work. He basically runs their home and business. Unfortunately
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Rebecca
Feb 10, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
Cooper and his mother live on land that’s been in the family for over 200 years, near Elmira, New York. Since Cooper’s father left after Cooper’s little brother died, grief has flattened Cooper’s mother to the point where Cooper, at age 11 or so, has to take care of the house, the bills, and finding enough treasures at yard sales for them to sell in their antique store, a barn next to their house. Cooper is a sensitive boy with an imagination so large his world is peopled with talking objects, ...more
Bill
Mar 27, 2013 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Cooper – Cooper, who seems to support his depressed mom by heading out to garage sales and buying the pick of the crop and then selling his finds in their falling down barn next to their falling down house. Cooper, who is given a metal detector by an artist and then who discovers Revolutionary War musket balls, soldier’s buttons – cannons! in their patch of weeds.

But will Cooper’s discoveries mean the end of his life there with his mom as he knows it? Suddenly their property is threatened b
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Guinevere
Jun 16, 2013 Guinevere rated it it was amazing
I am so happy to have received this wonderful book in a Goodreads giveaway - I thought I would like it and it certainly did not disappoint! I really enjoyed the author's writing style, the fun quirky embellishments and imaginative outlook. The story was great, I even learned something about the Revolutionary War, and I am saving this book for my precocious-reader/7-yr old son to read when he is ready. I've marked the author's other books as "to-read" now, both for myself and my son - I'm looking ...more
Shannon
Jun 30, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I was completely drawn into young Cooper's story. A boy, living with a mother who isn't completely capable of taking care of him, on a piece of land that is full of history. Cooper's imagination is rich, and he creates the friends and connections he needs through the inanimate objects around him, namely a metal detector he finds at a garage sale. A terrific book for young readers who might see the world a little differently, and particularly for young history buffs who enjoy imagining the past ...more
DANIEL M KILL
Apr 28, 2016 DANIEL M KILL rated it liked it
I got this book because I have read the Baseball Card Kid, The Comicbook Kid and The Amulet of Komondor all also by Adam Osterweil. I did like Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector, however it didn't keep my desire to continue reading as much as the other books. In the end I gave it 3 stars, although if I could have, I would have given it 3 and 1/2. I would classify along the lines of Huckleberry Finn for how it is written.
Laura Molinario
Jan 19, 2015 Laura Molinario rated it liked it
A little too much going on for my liking in the plot. I liked Cooper and curiosity, but his mother either needed to be explained more or had a lesser role. The other adult characters had more depth and more significance to him and this took away from his relationship with his mother (as the story was written).

Karen Perry
Jan 09, 2014 Karen Perry rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Truly a creative book but falls down in the middle, not able to sustain the forward motion of the story due to the weight of the character's idiosyncrasies and his mother's mental health issues. The climax exists but is minimized and the reader does not care by the time all is resolved. First book, I think. Maybe author will develop better story structure in next book.
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Definitely fantasy. He talks to the metal detector, his bike. etc.
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