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The Colleen Colgan Chronicles-Book1-Flowers from Cannibals-2nd Edition (The Colleen Colgan Chronicles #1)

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Colleen Colgan is a tortured 8th grader who is part human-part chimp-all mutant. Erin is from a future Earth where global warming has left the human race on the brink of extinction. Colleen is the only hope for the last band of survivors. The girls battle cannibals, slave traders, demon lizards and time itself in an adventure of a lifetime.But will Colleen have to sacrific...more
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Published November 5th 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published January 7th 2010)
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Kimberly
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It's aimed for middle school readers but it is engaging and interesting enough for older readers. Phelan packs a lot into a 225 page e-book. Cloning, human-animal organ combinations, time travel, a human communicating with animals, and cannibals are all in there.

The time travel bit was interesting, I am not good with physics so I just had to accept the explanation. At the end Colleen is confused by how someone in the future was using technology t...more
Resistance is Futile
Flowers from Cannibals is the story of Colleen Colgan, a young teen who is set apart from her peers because she had a brain transplant from a chimp when she was younger. Colleen meets up with a girl who she feels is her opposite—the brave, spunky, mysterious Erin. Together with her new friend and her totally awesome ferret, Fred, Colleen goes on a time-traveling, aborigine-defying adventure. I had a difficult time rating this book. It was a great story, with a good message…and I’m interested to...more
Shea
Initially, I was only attracted to the book because of the fact that the main was an alienated character (something I enjoy when reading books), but when I started getting to the real "meat" of the book, I just couldn't put it down (Who needs bathroom breaks, right?).

I like how it had so many issues; insecurity, bullying, environmentalism, and even cannibalism. Add that to the sci-fi and even the Indonesian folklore and you've got one hell of a book. It gives the readers a lot to digest without...more
Anna
I actually couldn't put this book down once I finished the first chapter (which didn't take long at all). Richard pushes his readers, as well as his main character Colleen, face to face with conflict within the first few pages. Facing cannibals, time travel, the extinction of the world, cloning, global warming, and the trials of starting eighth grade while being an outcast are all somehow nicely wrapped into one fantastic novel.

I have to say this: I was a little skeptical of Richard's departure...more
Deborah
The Colleen Colgan Chronicles, Book 1: Flowers from Cannibals, written by Richard Phelan is an interesting read. Colleen is a young teenager that is picked on at school all the time. She meets Erin who stands up for and becomes her best friend. Colleen and Erin journey into the future where Erin is from only for Colleen to find out they must go to an island inhabited by cannibals to find a cure for the people in Erin’s time. An instrument with the initials CM on it is used to transport Erin and...more
Jennifer
I won this book in a giveaway on The Library Thing. I'm not obligated to give my review or thoughts on a book I've won but it is encouraged and I said I would so...here I am.


What it is
The Colleen Colgan Chronicles - Flowers From Cannibals is written by Richard Phelan.

What's Going On
Colleen Colgan is the teenage daughter of an American zookeeper living in Indonesia. She is often the target of schoolyard teasing because she is a bit of a loner, lacks some self confidence, oh and has half a chimp...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Colleen is a 13-year-old zookeeper's daughter, of Irish heritage, with old eyes. Her mother died when she was young, and when she developed brain cancer, her father, Dr. Colgan, took the unprecedented step of having the damaged part of her brain replaced with a chimpanzee brain. The other kids at Livingston Academy tease and bully her mercilessly, calling her "Humanzee". Nick Larsen, the class bully, is particularly cruel, and Ms. Raycroft, their teacher, turns a blind eye. As a result, Colleen...more
Amy
I had to put this book down a few times to think it over. It was an amazingly thought provoking story presented in a young adult format. I think anyone under the age of 14 will have a hard time grasping the entire meaning of what the author skillfully introduced the reader to. In my reviews I do not like to summarize the stories because I believe it means more to the reader to learn the story line for themselves, but I will tell you there are some mature topics covered in the book, not "relation...more
Michele Minor
This first book in the Colleen Colgan Chronicles gives us a first look at Colleen Colgan who has a special ability even though she is bullied at school for her gift. When Erin comes to visit her hometown Colleen learns that Erin is from the future and when she does find out about Erin’s home in the future she learns a bleak lesson about global warming. Erin also tells Colleen about a virus in her own time that is destroying her people and she was sent to Colleen’s time to find her to help her fi...more
Deborah
“The Colleen Colgan Chronicles, Book I: Flowers from Cannibals” written by Richard Phelan covered a number of subjects, stem-cell surgery, global- warming, a pandemic strange virus that is threatening to wipe out the last of humanity, and bullying. Colleen is a young eighth grader who suffers being bullied, travels to the future, talks to cannibals and tries to save the future. I wish the author had explained Colleen’s condition a little more clearly; but other than that I found this book an enj...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received this book for free from Librarything in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, had great characters, and colorful landscape. I really loved the whole journey to the Cannibal world. I don't want to give away anything. I thought the overall reason for the main conflict was a bit hokey, but the book more than made up for it with the non stop action and the fascinating Korombai tribe.

I look forward to reading more from this promising author!
Regina Walck
I received received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I recently finished reading The Colleen Colgan Chronicles, Book I: Flowers from the Cannibals by Richard Phelan. I am glad I won this book because it was very enjoyable to read. The fact that it dealt with several different struggles in one book amazed me. I totally loved the way each main character overcame a personal obstacle. The way that they came together as one unit to help overcome bigger obstacles.
Tobyann Aparisi
Jan 18, 2011 Tobyann Aparisi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that loves a good bump in the night tale(s)
Recommended to Tobyann by: first read
What a fantastically, wonderful written book. I cannot wait for book 2. This was exciting, chilling and a fast paced read. I would recommend to anyone young and older. This author really knows how to grab you and keep you into the story. I won this book on first reads and I am so glad I did and really appreciated the opportunity. I absolutely loved this book. thank you so much for this opportunity. I will definitely keep Richard Phelan among my favorite authors.
Brittany
Overall, the concept and plot line for this book were good. There was just a lot of little things that didn't make sense, like how one minute they're in a room with caged animals and the next they are walking outside. There were also at least five grammatical/spelling errors on every page. Some were easier than others to overlook.

Flowers from Cannibals really needs a editorial makeover but afterward it would be a fantastic young adult book.
Richard
Indonesia, time travel, climate change, cannibals, pet ferret, teenager with a brain that is part chimpanzee and 'speaks' to creatures...what is there not to like about this fast-paced young adult novel. Predictable? Yes, a little but still an enjoyable and fast read. Looking forward to book 2! disclosure: I won this book earlier this year. Thanks to author Richard Phelan for the book!
Sheila
This is a YA book, but I feel this is a good read for any adult. The kids in the book had so much going on, it was really a page turner.
Mary
I won Flowers From Cannibals from First Reads. I look forward to reading it now that it's arrived.
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