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What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt
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Aug 02, 2012

it was amazing
Read on August 02, 2012

What Came From The Stars
Gary D. Schmidt

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Patty and Tommy Pepper are  sad and trying to live their lives after the death of their mother.  Tommy is guilt ridden and Patty doesn't speak.  They have to endure a bus bully, a real estate bully and a bully from another universe. 

My thoughts after reading this book...

This is a truly touching profound mystical story that is enhanced by tons of good and tons of sort of scary evil.  The kids are funny and brave.  They are in a normal school situation in the town of Plymouth Rock and life appears to be relatively sane until Tommy finds an odd necklace in his lunchbox.  He puts it on and things begin to change.  He talks about two sunsets, he uses odd words, he makes  paintings come alive.  And that is just the beginning. The Plymouth Rock story alternates with a story from the universe that the necklace came from...and they want it back!  The other world has a really horrible person in it who violently slaughtered everyone and took over...the  O'Mondim against the Valorium and the Ethelim.  It's all much easier to understand and keep clear while reading  the book because every chapter begins with the other universe's story.

What I loved about this book...

It was very hard to put this book down.  The bad creatures, the sad parts, the tenderness....even though it was a fantasy parts felt so real.  I loved the way Tommy took care of his little sister.  I loved the way he made the right choices.  I loved the way he showed courage.  I loved the ending...loved it!

What I did not love about this book...

I was not crazy about the bad guys and what they did to everyone...on both universes.  The description of the way the slaughter happened was vivid and very sad.  I don't think. Will ever look at seaweed the same way again.  I also wasn't crazy about the pronunciations of words used by the other universe.  There is a guide in the back of the book that helps...beloit...this is not a typo!

Final thoughts...

This is a great middle grade's exciting, heartwarming, and adventurous.  As Tommy might say...selith and enjoy the ride!!!

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