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Love among the Walnuts

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,071 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Sandy Huntington-Ackerman's life becomes increasingly complicated when his bungling, moneygrubbing uncles try to shanghai the family fortune by poisoning a birthday cake. Luckily, those conniving uncles prove yet again that they can't do anything right. Instead of bumping off the whole family, they put Sandy's mom and dad and their pet chicken into mysterious comas. Sandy ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1998)
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Kyle Knight
Love Among the Walnuts Review

This book is one of the only books that actually kept me interested and made me want to read more. This book really kept me reading it because it is kind of a mystery book and is also somewhat dramatic which interest me. I would recommend this book to anyone who can read because I guarantee they would like it. They would probably like the character Sandy who is my favorite character because he is a leader and solves every problem thrown at him. They would not like B
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Io705
Good vs. Evil? Gosh, where do we start?? Bart and Bernie are your typical, typecast evil villains. And, Mousey and the rest of their family and friends at Walnut Manor and Eclipse are the typical good guys. Pure, sweet, honest... the list goes on. But, I feel like there's got to be something underneath all that. The characters have to go deeper they just being perfect and nice or horrible and mean, there's got to be something underneath that act. But, what?

I feel like though everyone knows nothi
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Joanna Compton-Mys
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and I can not say that I was disappointed. This was one of the most entertaining and charming young adult books I've read in a long time. Both laugh out loud funny and well written, I couldn't wait to find out how the story ended!

As a fan of fairy tales, I appreciated the tone of this book as it had very clear-cut characters in terms of good and evil, although there is a slightly more serious undertone of learning to live in the real world that
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Cheryl
I see this adorable modern fairy tale is thought of as a YA book. I personallly think teens & 20s are too cynical for it, or at least would want to think themselves too cynical. There are def. no vampires and it's pretty much Utopian, not Dystopian or post-ap. But 'tweens can read it for sure. And adults can read it in one sleepless night.

Btw, the mystery is the big hook on which the story is hung, but really what it's about is the power of love & friendship and the questions of sanity
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Rochelle
I found this book on a library shelf and it seemed interesting so I decided to checked it out.

This book is like a great big fortune cookie. On the outside, it's pretty plain and not very flavored or filling. But when you open it up, that's when you get the deeper hidden message. The writing is flat with hardly any descriptions of anything but in the end, the corners of your mouth will jerk up in a smile for the moral of this small story. This "telly" tale is about a wealthy couple, Horatio and M
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Keri
Keri McLucas
Humor

Love among the Walnuts, by Jean Ferris, is an entertaining story about a very wealthy man and his family. Horatio Alger Huntington-Ackerman lives in an ideal, perfect world with his wife, Mousey and their son, Sandy. The world the little family lives in is so complete; they never need to leave their home for anything. The home is located right next door to a sanitarium known as Walnut Manor. Unfortunately, Horatio’s brothers, Bart and Bernie are not quite as happy or wealthy. Th
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Alyssa
Alyssa Morres
Humor

This story is about Horatio who in the beginning starts out as a very wealthy but unhappy man. Then he finds love and marries Mousey. They move out to the country and have a child named Alexander whose nickname is Sandy. The Horatio's brothers come into town and try everything to take his money. They decide then to try to poison him and send him and everyone else into a coma except Sandy and Bently, who is the butler. They put them into a crazy hospital where their nurse Sunnie
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Lizzy _3
This book was sooooooooooo cute! I adored it! It was completely and utterly amazing. The author worked in some really great humor too and it was just very satisfying. It was easy and kinda childish to read but it was very entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone because it's not hard and it made me happy. The ending was beautiful. Kind of predictable as all little kid books are. 'They all lived happily ever after' you know what I mean? But it was very happifying. :)
Rosa
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Beverly
Love Among the Walnuts, another book I had forgotten until a student brought me copy that had a sticker in it with my name on it. I had to reread the book to refresh my memory, and I chuckled all the way through. Love Among the Walnuts is totally orginal, yet the silliness and strong themes on family and loyalty will be familiar (think Phantom Tollbooth and The Watsons Go to Birmingham). Sandy's almost perfect life is thrown into turmoil when his evil money hungry uncles try to poison Sandy's fa ...more
Amira
Love Among the Walnuts written by Jean Ferris is a very unique book. I came across this book by pure chance. When I was in the library one day, I decided I would choose a random book of a random shelf, and if I liked the cover I would try reading it. Well, since I am reviewing it and therefore obviously read it, it turns out I did like the cover. It has a chicken on it. While reading LAtW, I kept flipping the page and wouldn’t put the book down. I suppose one could call this book a “page turner” ...more
Mac J


In Love among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris, Sandy learns to accept others and be grateful for what he has. Sandy’s parents are very wealthy and his two uncles are very jealous and greedy. When his uncles devise a plan to poison Sandy’s parents, Sandy knows something is wrong. After they go to sleep Sandy tries to wake the m up and he can’t. Later he finds out that the poison didn’t kill the m, just put them into comas. Sandy knows of a mental hospital just down the road so he takes them there to r
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Jessica
Love Among the Walnuts: Or How I Saved My Entire Family from Being Poisoned is probably one of the best stories I've read so far this year. I'm pretty sure I discovered this one just by following a link on some other page on Amazon, but as I was reading it I kept thinking of a particular friend so strongly that I started wondering whether I'd heard about it from her (though it turns out I hadn't and was excited to recommend it to her). The story is about a wealthy man and his jealous brothers wh ...more
Sebastian
LOVE AMONG THE WALNUTS

Have you ever wished that you had a perfect life with no problems? I have and I bet you have also. There are so many issues in our world that it is impossible to not encounter atleast a few of them. No matter how rich, powerful, or smart you are, no matter how well protected you are there is always conflict in your life. Some problems hurt you mentally, and some hurt you physically, but each can be just as powerful.

Sandy had what he thought of as a perfect life, he lived
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Runa
This was another one of my recent reads that had me underwhelmed. I wasn't a fan of the writing to begin with--I felt that it was trying much too hard to be whimsical and this was overly obvious. It gets better as the plot progresses, but the plot is pretty weak, predictable, and boring. I felt like it was in great need of plot twists and funny situations, instead of just ironically "funny" narration. Now, don't get me wrong, some of the whimsy was hilarious. The character's names were clever an ...more
Laura
Even though this book is very short, it took me forever to get through it. The back of the book sounded very interesting, and it was....sort of. The begining of the story is slow, but i was told by a friend that it was a very good story and that i should keep reading, and so i did. I must have read the first 30 some pages before i stopped and forgot about the book for a month. when i finally got around to it i had forgoten about the charters and the story line, bit i really wanted to findo out ...more
FayeFaye :)
I so love the book. Lately I've been reading a lot of dystopian books. At first, I thought I might not like this book cause it seem so simple. But as soon as my reading progress goes on, i realized it was a good one. And so i finished it. It is amazing how they build friendship and love in Walnut Manor. How they change other people's lives just by caring. I admire them all specially Sunnie and Sandy.
Lindsay
YA FERRIS - lunatics, mystery, family life
For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Event. Horatio, a wildly rich but unhappy man, sees a play and falls instantly in love with an extra. They marry, move to the country and have a son they happily raise in complete isolation on their property, Eclipse. Meanwhile, Horatio's 2 lazy and scheming brothers try to poison the whole family, thereby securing their inheritance. They succeed only in putting most of the family (and a chicken) into co
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Caroline Potterf
Jul 23, 2008 Caroline Potterf rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers, juvenile readers, people who love cliched stories with a wacky touch
Recommended to Caroline by: the library shelf
Love Among the Walnuts was a very sweet story that felt almost like a short instead of a full-length novel. The plot was silly, unrealistic, but ultimately heart-warming.

This book is about a young man named Sandy, who grew up isolated from the world in his parents' large farm mansion. The story begins when Sandy's life is turned upside down in a ridiculous series of events, including a poisoned birthday cake, a sweet young nurse, and a bunch of "temporarily distressed" loony-bin patients.

I lik
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Matea
AUTHOR. HUMOR. "Love Among the Walnuts" by Jean Ferris is a wonderful story about what can happen when two newlyweds move away from the busy city to the quiet country. And buy a house next to a loony bin. And have two brothers who want their fortune. In the ensuing action, there are three comatose humans, one comatose chicken, one learned nurse, a bunch of "insane" patients, and a great novel that ends as happily as any.
"Love Among the Walnuts" is a wonderful novel. A quick, humorous read. The w
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Allison Elizabeth
I first read this book in 6th grade (apparently very shortly after it was published). I remember it being one of my favorite books, though I hardly remember anything about the story. I had a strong enough memory of loving it that I kept it even when I got rid of a majority of my paperbacks from childhood.

I randomly decided to reread it, so I'm interested to see what my opinion of the book will be as an adult.

Now that I've finished it, I can report that it's a fun read, and I understand why I lov
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Gayle
Sandy, the son of Horatio and Mousey, grows up in an idyllic situation. His parents adore him, nurture him, protect him from the world, and provide an education appropriate to his level of high intellect. The fly in the ointment are Horatio's brothers who are so jealous of Horatio's self-made millions that they will go to extreme lengths to become the heirs of Horatio's fortune. The brothers deliver a poison birthday cake to the family and it sends Sandy's parents into a coma. The book is about ...more
Linda Katzman
When Horatio Alger Huntington-Ackerman meets Mousy Malone, Their lives are so perfect together that they find they have no need of the outside world. So they stay in their own world with their only son Alexander. When they become victims to a plot from Horatio’s greedy brothers, Alexander is the only one left to try and save them. Since they were put in a coma, he moves them in next door to the Walnut manor, the local insane asylum, where very nice, wealthy, eccentric people live. Sunnie, The ne ...more
Maddie
I really liked this book when I read it in middle school. I'm not sure how I'd feel about it now (I'd probably like it just as much, to be honest), but definitely a good read for YA.
Carly
Wow. Love among the walnuts is one of those books with a deceiving beginning. At first, I wasn't too interested. The first chapters were a little boring for my taste. Thankfully, Ms. Ferris made up for it with an amazing plot with several conflicts.
Sandy is a boy who lives with his parents in a remote estate, away from the rest of the world. His father is very rich, which make his uncles, Bert and Bernie, very jealous. Throughout the book, Sandy's uncles have many plans up their sleeves to abol
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Elizabeth
Quirky! Sandy has lived a sheltered life with his independently wealthy parents. When they are poisoned/put into comas for their money by his father's brothers, Sandy has to help them back out and uncover the truth about the brothers. Along, the way Sandy falls in love with the nurse, Sunny, who joins the family. The family moves next door to Walnut Manor, a loony bin. While they are recovering there, they teach the patients how to recover, also. Although it is all tongue-in-cheek, it does teach ...more
Julie
I picked this up because I enjoyed Once Upon a Marigold and Twice Upon a Marigold. I have to wonder now if I would have been more impressed by this book had I not read the others first.

It's a quirky, light book with likable characters and a silly, roundabout plot. It's fun.... but the characters felt just like the ones from the Marigold books in new clothes. It's a bit like watching Jimmy Stewart movies: same person with a different character name. Not that that's bad. I enjoy Jimmy Srewart movi
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Sally
I love Jean Ferris, and this book is why. I have read it so many times, and every time I do I find myself laughing out loud. I think this book would appeal to the same type of people who enjoy a good Cary Grant romantic comedy like Bringing Up Baby. It's got the zany rich folks living next door to a sanatorium for the "slightly distracted" relatives of other rich people, evil uncles, a very fat cat, and a chicken named (what else?) Attila the Hen. The first time I read this I was quite young, bu ...more
Sarah
This book was so good. it started out kind of slow but it gets so much better.
Renee Thomas
Incredibly charming, super adorable, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. Simple prose that feels advanced. Really really happy I remembered this book.
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“Horatio leaned toward her, "What is the secret of joy?"
Mousey thought for a moment. "Doing what you like best."
Of course. How simple. And how true.”
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