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Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper (Simon Bloom #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  731 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Ordinary sixth-grader Simon Bloom has just made the biggest discovery since gravity-and it literally fell into his lap. Or onto his head, anyway. You see, Simon has found the Teacher's Edition of Physics, a magical reference book containing the very formulas that control the laws that govern the universe! By reciting the formulas out loud, he's able to do the impossible-li...more
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Published April 22nd 2008 by Listening Library (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

What would you do if you could control the laws of Physics?

Simon Bloom is an average eleven-year-old boy that dreams of being able to fly and instantaneously travel to the moon. But as a 6th-grader, he doesn't know anything about the laws of Physics. Nor has he ever noticed the woods at the end of Van Silas Way. And not just any woods. These woods have trees as big as the Redwoods, yet no one seems to notice them. Then one fateful day, with his new friend,...more
Michelle Spiron
fun, Fun story. Its a keeper.
Patrick Bowman
Jul 19, 2008 Patrick Bowman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 8 to adult, maybe a bit younger if they are good readers and science buffs
This is a kids book, targeted at about the 10-14 year old crowd, but I think it is going to draw a much larger audience. A series of science lessons rolled into a science fiction/science-fantasy story, it offers an incredibly imaginative perspective on the universe and how it operates. This is the story of Simon Bloom, a sixth grader who finds a book that allows him to control gravity and other physics-based laws of the universe. Adventure, and a good amount of humor, create a well told story th...more
Alex
(3 1/2 stars)

Have you ever seen the inside of a teacher's edition of a school book? Not only does it have the answers to all the question, it also provides more knowledge and material than the regular edition; when Simon Bloom accidentally gets the Teacher's Edition on the Book of Physics, his life is changed profoundly. For this Teacher's Edition actually holds the real secrets of the universe, and gives the reader an understanding of- for example how to manipulate gravity. At first Simon and h...more
Heather
6th-grader Simon Bloom unexpectedly gets the Book of Physics, a uniquely powerful book which allows him to manipulate the laws of physics to control his surroundings. Unfortunately, he is not the only one who wants the Book. And some are willing to kill to do it. Newton's Laws and some space-time theory are thrown in, but in such a way that they enhance the story instead of feeling pedantic. Very well done and enjoyable.
Tommy Nguyen
I believe that the story "The Gravity keeper" by Michael Reisman is really telling us that with great power comes great responsibility and that you shouldn't let this power into the wrong hands. During the beginning of the book when the narrator is talking,"You see, everything around you—everything in the entire universe—has rules. Laws. And the Books contain the laws. Explain them. Control them. In ways that even I don’t fully understand, the Books make sure the universe doesn't fall apart." (p...more
The Library Lady
I am not a physics fan--I took a class in high school that probably traumatized me for life when it comes to the subject. But here, physics seemed almost FUN!

Fast moving, characters that are just quirky enough AND a chance to beat the bullies at dodge ball. All in all, a winner.
Connie
I really liked the way the author started with the real laws of physics and sort of bent them to turn them in to super powers. I definitely will read the sequel.
Bill Prosser
I liked the action, but the scientific explanations were a bit too...well...scientific!? This will make a great movie and probably a great graphic novel.
Shelly
Interesting twist on science fiction/fantasy. Loved how the story was written with the narrator included.
Ryder
This book is so good that if you read it, it will be in your top five book list instantly!
Theresa
Really liked this one. Narrator was very good and the story was interesting and funny.
Tara
Sep 23, 2008 Tara marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fromthelibrary, ya
i give up, i can't say that there was anything wrong with it - I just never got into it.
natercopia
"Knowledge is power." If Reisman did have an intention of using that quote to sum up this book, I totally believed it. How I wish I could have Simon's third ability to master the space-time formula to go back to school and not give up on 'science'. This is the reason why fiction is so awesome.

Superheroes don't need to get bitten by insects/animals, get chosen 'to be the one' by some alien/god being or a born-mutant. Understanding the basics rule of science, learning and mastering formulas and kn...more
Sandy
The book itself was actially probably more of a 3.5-star effort considering my usual ranking criteria - pretty entertaining, fun premise, decent enough writing, but a few minor holes and a few instances of over-cheesyness (oh look, yet another author making a tribute to Douglas Adams) that keep it from being distinctly better than average. But I'm rounding up to 4 stars instead of down to 3 on account of the sheer amount of time that my husband and I have spent talking about it. It's a really di...more
Nix
Oct 09, 2011 Nix rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
Recommended to Nix by: Blasterbot
Shelves: blog, science-fiction
Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper by Michael Reisman details the life of Simon Bloom, who finds an amazing Teacher's Edition of Physics which allows him to control some parts of physics. He has to protect the Teacher's Edition from falling into the wrong hands - but who are the wrong hands?

This book breaks the fourth wall by having an actual character called the Narrator. The characters visit the Narrator and watch their story play out in real time. I found this fascinating. Not many stories that...more
Louis
i listened to the audiobook version of this title. The narration was first rate. I enjoyed the different voice characterizations as well as how the narrator expressed the sarcasm and exasperation as it appeared in the story.

The setup for the book is very good, viz. that the world actually is run by workers in the Knowledge Union that includes Keepers of texts related to the individual subject areas. Simon Bloom accidentally comes into contact with the Teacher's Edition of Physics and becomes its...more
Madigan McGillicuddy
Simon Bloom's life is turned upside-down when he discovers the "Teacher's Edition" of his classroom physics textbook, which magically gives him power over the laws of physics. He manipulates gravity and friction, allowing him to float, fly, zoom or slow down. After accidentally eavesdropping on a group of excessively silly senior wizards sporting wacky psuedo-medieval names, he finds himself unavoidably caught up in the action.

The evil Sirabetta is able to control several different branches of s...more
Becky B
Simon Bloom is an average 6th grader, living an average life when two strange things happen: first, he stumbles into a woods near his home that he's never even noticed before, and second, a Teacher's Edition Physics Book appears out of thin air right in front of him. Flipping through the book, Simon quickly discovers this is no ordinary tome, especially when it teaches him how to control gravity. It's all fun and games for Simon and his friends Owen and Alysha until it becomes clear that some se...more
Sássára
Imaginemos um mundo normal: levantamo-nos, vamos à escola, trabalhamos, estamos com a nossa família, voltamos a deitar-nos. E, à nossa volta, continuam a existir aquelas pessoas capazes de fazer algo importante para a História da Humanidade - por exemplo, a descoberta da cura para a SIDA. No entanto, para além deste mundo normal e destas pessoas especiais, existe uma Confederação da qual todos nós somos ignorantes da sua existência. E o que é que ela faz? Controla o Universo.




Mas aqui não encontr...more
Eva Mitnick
As a child, I was stunned when I first came across the teacher’s edition of one of our elementary school class’s textbooks. Good lord, all the answers were in there! Our teacher didn’t need to know it all off the top of her head after all. Although, knowing Ms. Hernandez, she probably did anyway.

Even more powerful and useful is the tome 6th-grader Simon finds in a mysterious – or rather, it finds him (chooses him, as it turns out) by falling out of a rent in space/time and falling on his head. I...more
R.G. Evans
So when you find a book adorned with a Post-it note from your eleven year old daughter saying, "Dad, read this book!" what else can you do but read it? Clearly heavily influenced by the Harry Potter books, Reisman's story follows the adventures of Simon Bloom and his two misfit friends after a mysterious "Teacher's Edition" physics textbook finds Simon and endows him with the ability to control gravity and friction via a series of arcane formulas. It's a leap to buy into a secret society control...more
Robin
Any author who invokes Douglas Adams in the first line of his acknowledgments gets my attention.

One third of the way through, so far, so good. There's some of the usual pre-adolescent friendship traumas, some fun twists on science as we know it, and, much to this reader's great joy, more than a little Daniel Pinkwater-ish-ness (and it's not just the New Jersey setting).

Only two stars because it never really grabbed me, though nothing about it was necessarily bad. There is the seed here of someth...more
Jonathan
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Jileen
I'm impressed. I don't know where I heard about this book but when I saw it discounted at Books A Million I grabbed it and put it on my shelf for a later read. I started reading and soon my 8-year-old discovered it and swiped it from me. He finished it first, basically devouring it and probably would have rated it a 5+ if it were up to him. Intriguing plot and fabulous explanations of physics wrapped up in a great story. There were a few tacky tween dialogues that bugged me a bit but the imagina...more
Ravindu
This book is about a 6th grader named Simon Bloom who comes across a book with strange powers that let him control the laws of physics! But while Simon is testing new ways to use the Book, the villain is hiding away plotting to take revenge on the Order of Sciences: the very people that control the laws of all sciences. That isn't the only problem Simon has to deal with because the Order of Physics has found out that Simon has their Keeper's book, they are urged to take the book from him! Now, S...more
Evelyn
Interesting book, very creative use of science. I found the "Narrator" business quite an amusing way to break the third wall, and the main characters were the kind of people it is easy to cheer for. Some of the side characters were one-dimensional, but the hooded figure (not using her name, because I don't want to mark this review as having spoilers) felt genuine. It kind of reminded me of James Dashner's The Thirteenth Reality series given that both are whimsical and blur the line between scien...more
Karen Glass
"Sixth-grader Simon Bloom can't believe his luck when he finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics. By simply reciting the formulas it contains, he can cancel gravity to fly around his bedroom, or decrease friction so he can slide down the street as if he were on Rollerblades. When two thugs with evil intentions come after Simon, he must use the formulas to save himself and the book from falling into their hands."
Teresa
This was really fun--very creative and suspenseful. I liked the various powers that the kids (Simon, very shy Owen, and newly-popular-but-doubting-her-A-list-friends Alysha) developed, based on laws of physics (or rather, on overcoming them) and how the kids had to practice to use their skills, and then overcame various bullies, regular and fantastic. Parts of the story were quite funny, and very descriptive--you can tell the author works in film/TV. One of the most original aspects is that the...more
Sandy
Fantasy/adventure book aimed towards young teens, that does a reasonable job explaining several physics concepts in a fun way.
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