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Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror (Falcon Quinn #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  355 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Thirteen-year-old Falcon Quinn and his neighbors, Max and Megan, board bus number 13 for school on an ordinary day in Cold River, Maine. Only the bus doesn't take its ordinary route, and Falcon and his friends soon find themselves in an extraordinary place—on Shadow Island, at the Academy for Monsters.

With a student body stranger than the cast of any monster movie Falcon h
ebook, 512 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published July 29th 2009)
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Really?! Average rating in the high threes? Did it really get better in the second half? Book club declared this one a disaster. We wanted to like it, but it was just so badly cliched, weirdly bigoted, awkward, slow paced... I think I'm going to try to finish it before I bring it back to the library, but I'm feeling kind of masochistic about it.
Adam Bolander
If there’s one type of story that’s popular right now, it’s the one where special children go somewhere special to learn how to do special things. Two of the biggest franchises in the world share this common theme. Harry Potter sends children to a magical school to become witches and wizards. Percy Jackson sends demigod children to a special summer camp to learn how to control their powers. And now Jennifer Finley Boylan attempts to capitalize on this popular subject with Falcon Quinn and the Bl ...more
Anne Freya
Pengarang bernama Jennifer Finney Boylan ini dulunya adalah seorang pria bernama James Richard Boylan. So, apa yg dirasakan Falcon Quinn --yg terjebak dalam tubuh separuh monster dan separuh manusia-- kurang lebih menjelaskan hal-hal yg (mnrtku) pernah dialami pengarang.

Falcon selalu merasa dirinya tidak cocok berada di manapun, setiap org punya kelompok sendiri, punya teman dgn minat dan hobi yg sama. Bahkan di kalangan monster pun ia tdk memiliki tempat sama sekali krn ia tdk tahu ia termasuk
Mar 28, 2010 Chase rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all teens
Recommended to Chase by: St. Helens Book Shop
Shelves: arc-s
Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror
By: Jennifer Finney Boylan

A Book Report By: Chase Pixley

Falcon Quinn always knew that he was different than other kids. Falcon’s father fell through the ice on Carrabec Pond while his mother didn’t want him. He seemed to belong nowhere at his middle school in Cold River, Maine and had two different colored eyes - one blue and one black.
It is the first day of spring during Falcon’s 7th grade year. After a close call on Carrabec Pond his normal morning bus, numb
Everyone needs a label, a category in which to fit. If you don't claim one for yourself, others will assign you one. Emos, goths, athletes, geeks, monsters, guardians . . . everyone has to fit in somewhere.


( . . . monsters?)

Falcon Quinn doesn't, though. He's never been part of any group, never been put into a category or stuck with a label. He doesn't fit; he's a misfit. And life is lonely when you're always an outsider. So when Falcon, with two classmates, gets whisked away by a magical s
I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. Can a book be 100% original but also extremely derivative? This title shares a lot of similarities with the first Harry Potter book, not the least if which was the use of a mirror as a main plot conceit...

However, for some reason despite all of that I found myself flying through the book with its quaint cast of monsters... I think the only reason I did not give it 5 stars for poor entertainment was that I felt some of the dialogue was annoying and repetitive par
I read Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror when it first came out last year. I liked it then, and I enjoyed it again when I reread it in preparation for reading the sequel, Falcon Quinn and the Crimson Vapor. Though it follows the rather tired formula of "misfit boy is recruited to school for supernatural beings," the humor, pitch-perfect dialogue, and sheer weirdness make this book stand out.

The message of the story--be yourself no matter the cost--is, I suspect, a deeply personal one for Boylan
Fun, fun, fun, fun book! :) Silly, inventive fantasy novel where some ordinary kids find out they are monsters when they arrive at a monster academy. Great characters and friendships, and a good message about being true to yourself.

Definitely recommended for readers who like fantasy and mild/silly humor - very middle grade friendly.
Also, if you're a parent who wants a book that is fun and funny but has a good moral about being true to yourself, this is good for you. Jennifer Finney Boylan wrot
Ok, I actually "audiobooked" this one with my 2 sons (ages 6 and 12) who absolutely loved the characters. I think if I tried reading it I may have abandoned ship early on. The audiobook version was done well. I must admit that there were some parts I stopped early while the kids were listening and told them we would resume the next time we were in the car. I did this due to the dark direction it appeared to be taking. I would then listen ahead while the boys were not with me and give them a less ...more
Sarah Richards
This book started off with so much potential. The longer I read though, the worse it got. By the end I was only reading it to see how bad it would get. I was no longer hooked on the book for reasons a person should be. This book is the reading equivalent of a hundred car pile up. You cannot help but stare at the words in awe of the badness as you turn the pages to the end.
My 13-year-old son devoured this book and spent all day today reading the second. :) Definitely a hit for those in the magic/fantasy crowd.

Update: he just read it AGAIN in two days. :)
Jun 14, 2010 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this book (with my middle school aged boys).
First Impression:
I'm not quite sure where I found out about this series, but I remember it being reviewed as the "next Harry Potter", something that struck me because I had had several students last year ask me what to read that was like Harry Potter. So I had to give this first book a try to see what it was all about.

While Reading:
To be honest, it was quite how Harry Potter started, well sort of. Three students get whisked away on a magical bus to a magical school. Ah, but this is a school for
Tina Burr
This book started off with so much potential, thou the longer I read it lost its originality. I actually thought it was fairly humorous but some character development was lacking. I felt the dialogue was annoying, badly cliched, and slow-paced. Often I found myself downright confused with lots of questions, and a lot of the plot seemed out of the ordinary. It shared a lot of similarities to the first “Harry Potter” book.
Ok, at first, I saw that this book is in the same genre as Harry Potter, The Last Olympian and several others - kids who are "different" go to a school for kids who are similarly "different" - in this case, a school for kids who are monsters and I thought it would just be another copy cat book. But, it is a really good book! The kids don't know they are monsters until they get to the school, and Falcon, the main character, does not find out what kind of monster he is until near the end of the bo ...more
Bunga Mawar
Di buku ini, ternyata Shakespeare juga merupakan monster. Sedangkan di buku yg selesai saya baca sebelum ini, penulis tersebut adalah salah satu juru kunci Imaginarium Geograpica.

Hmmm, di seri lain lagi, Nicolas Flamel, Shakespeare masih hidup lho, sekarang. Dia kan termasuk kaum abadi. Bisa jadi salah satu jurnalis yg lagi meliput keriuhan pemilu capres tahun ini :)
When Falcon Quinn get taken by a school bus to attend a school for monsters, he feels like he doesn't belong anywhere just like at regular school, and his lack of monstrousness makes it difficult to get along with the others. But when the school tries to suppress their monster selves, even throwing disobedient students into the dungeons, Falcon and his friends escape, only to get into more trouble.
I found this book interesting, and enjoyed all the different types of monsters in the school. Falco
Falcon is a odd one. He's never felt like he's fit in anywhere. On the first day of spring, he discovers why that is: he's not human. He and a couple of classmates are picked up and delivered to a school for monsters, only to find that he doesn't really fit in there, either.

The storytelling is a bit heavy-handed, as is the theme of not letting others choose your identity for you, and the monsters are a really obvious metaphor. Then again, some anvils need to be dropped.

A decent, fast-paced read
Douglas Cootey
Good book. Fanciful monster academy premise. A bit reminiscent of Harry Potter, likely due to school setting. I found the story interesting, but the dialogue often annoying when the secondary characters took over the conversation. Their characters were simply too two dimensional to be given so much prominence. There was a moralistic undertone to the story as well that was often too overt for my tastes. However, I loved the ending. The story twisted, then tied up well. Lastly, I especially enjoye ...more
Joy Land
This was a light coming of age story that had a lot of action and made you want to root for Falcon.
Try the word "CRAZY". Seriously. My nephew spoiled the ending for me (as in, spoiled EVERYTHING), but I still absolutely enjoyed it. The wacko characters were definitely my favorite part, especially Sparkbolt ("cake--BAD, alfalfa--BAD, poem--NEEDS DEAD")and Johnny ("it's just this thing I can do"). Falcon was a good choice as a main character, because he was more sane that anyone else, except maybe Megan. There was a pretty good plotline too, albeit predictable. Nice light mood, new ideas. Love ...more
Veronica Bates
Great kids book. I enjoyed it. Can't wait to red the next one.
Janet Riegel
adventure harry potterish
Kezia Olive
The story here started darkly. I mean.. I thought the story would be lighter and stuffs since the first page, but I was wrong. It started heavily, but starts to be lighter thanks to the crazily amazing characters.
The twist at the end of the story successfully surprise me. But I think I should've read this book when I was younger, cause in my age, it feels silly when I read the climax. Doesn't feel like climax at all.
But it's a great book, great story. :) I feel happy that I read it. no regrets
Betsy Pauzauskie
This book was on my nine-year-old grandson's desk shelf and I borroweed it to read. I found the book to be a slow read for many of the 486 pages. However, the action came together and kept me engrossed around page 400. (I later learned that my grandson started reading this book; but, that it couldn't maintain his interest long enough for him to want to read much. I had the same inital reaction as my grandson; but, forced myself to continue out of hope and curiosity.)
What a wonderful, wonderful book, on all levels. I was of course very excited to find that Jennifer Finney Boylan is a MAINE author, as I live in Maine, but the book was a pure pleasure to read all around. The characters are great and you learn a lot about them and really care about them. The plot is really exciting and filled with mystery and intrigue until nearly the last few pages. Don't miss this "goodread!"
Another adult author tests her chops with writing for children, and (like Michael Chabon and that author who wrote "School of Fear" who I am too lazy to look up (along with the who/whom rule))the end result isn't particularly inventive or interesting to read. The book tries so hard to please that its pacing breaks down and it takes FOREVER to reach the end, which itself was kind of a letdown.
Hilary McLean
Both of my kids enjoyed the story of the boy caught between two worlds. The humour and relationships are realisitc and appealing for youthful readers. The story is original in its take on the monster world as "normal" and we are unusual. ANyone who enjoys Percy Jackson or Harry Potter would enjoy this pleasant read.
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Jennifer Finney Boylan is a widely praised author and professor.

Edward Albee summed up her oeuvre in 1988: -- "Boylan observes carefully, and with love. [Her] levitating wit is wisely tethered to a humane concern…. I often broke into laughter, and was now and again, struck with wonder."

Jenny's memoir, She's Not There, published by Broadway Books in 2003, was one of the first bestselling works by a
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“Maybe . . . it's easier to have enemies than not to have them. . . . If you don't hate people, you have to learn to like them. . . . And liking people? That's not easy.” 7 likes
“Monster a person though monster not human.
Monster like music. Like Beatles! Like Schumann!
World full of stupid. World full of noise.
Monster feel ANGRY. No birthday. No joys.
World full of JUNK monster not comprehend.
What is a childhood? What is a friend?
Monster and human both want the same.
Want conversation. Want love. WANT NO PAIN.
If monster speak heart: monster life only worsen.
Monster not human: BUT MONSTER A PERSON!”
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