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Sound Bender

(Sound Bender #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  95 reviews
A roaring, supernatural adventure that spans New York, and the globe!

After their parents' plane goes down over the ocean, Leo and his brother Hollis are forced into the custody of their rich and enigmatic uncle Crane, a dealer of rare and probably illicit antiques. But almost as soon as he's settled--or as close to settled as he can get in the bleak Brooklyn mansion, surro
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, mg, male-pov
Do you ever stop and listen to the sounds around you? I mean really listen? The ticking of a clock? The rhythmic sound of tires running over pavement? When you're listening to a song, do you only hear the lyrics or do you hear the sounds all the other instruments are making? How about objects? Do you hear the sounds they make? Can you hear the danger in them? Twelve year old Leo Lomax can.

Following the sudden death of his parents, Leo and his ten year old brother Hollis, are sent to live with t
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Sound Bender, and am so glad I checked it out. It has a truly unique and fascinating premise. It was a fast and engaging read, terrific for middle grade or young adults who love adventure and music. I highly recommend this book.
Holly :)
Sound Bender is one of the best books ever! There is a little mystery on every corner!I cannot wait till the second book!
Lin Oliver did good.
Anna Gille
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First reads

Leo Lomax and his younger brother Hollis have just moved in with their uncle Crane after a terrible plane crash took their parents. When the brothers arrive at their uncle Crane's Brooklyn warehouse, they're less than impressed; their uncle was a dealer of priceless artifacts, yet there was no hint of luxury. That was, until Klevko, their uncle's assistant brought them to the huge penthouse on the top floor of the warehouse. Leo can tell already
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I first picked this book up at a used book store, for like, one dollar (cheap, compared to most paperbacks these days) and I thought, interesting premise, I'll give it a shot when I get home later.

Later turned into two months. And now, here I am, finally reviewing this book with a desperate need to catch up to my reading challenge.

Alright, I was skeptical about reading this. Middle Grade is something I haven't read in a while. And the cover...Eh, not a big fan of it. It cou
Mz. Diana Gagliardi
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Sound Bender- a name, an ability, a title, a book.

I met the authors, mother and son, this fall. This sound-centric book is based on real things that Theo Baker did- wonder with a tape recorder, facinated by sounds and listening to the world around him. Years later he and his mom (co-writer of series of books with Harold Winkler, etc) took that concept and gave it an S/F bend.

Leo Lomax (named after the incredible father and son recording team of the 1930s- I asked :)) is about to turn 13 when h
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads. My 12 year old is reading it now - I will update this when he is done since it is geared toward the younger crowd. That being said, I enjoyed the book. Of course, the parents die in the beginning and he and his brother go to live with an uncle. It is about a boy discovering new talents and how to listen to his inner voice that tells him what is right. He learns he has a new power on his 13th birthday. I don't like to list too much about the story itself but it was a ...more
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sound Bender I thought was a really good book. If you like action mystery and a little bit of sadness you have the right book. I liked that the mystery of the book made it a little more sad because of kind of following a trail his dead father left him to found out who he really was. Another thing that I liked out the book is that everyone in the book that can help Leo out try's to help him find out where he is from even the people that only knew his father. The only thing that I didn't really li ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good piece of young adult fiction. I rated it as such; for an adult, I would rate it at 3 stars. Still. I was certainly entertained. Some logical flaws in the plot, but lots of fun. Even the bad guys are interesting, and a nice mix of good/bad/? in their characters. The authors dealt well with a 13 year old boy dealing with the loss of his parents and a change in his worldview at the same time. Nothing to offend anyone, and as such easy to recommend to your kids.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I'm curious when the 2nd in the series will come out.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tutoring
Good for middle school. It kept the boys reading and discussing. What more can a tutor wish for?
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. For Leo being a sound bender must have been weird and cool at the same time. I like this book.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story, Sound Bender by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker, takes place in New York City and is about a boy names Leo with powers to see the past by “listening” to object he touches. He has to thwart the plans of an evil organization. I chose this book because I enjoy fantasy adventure books, and because Leo seemed like a character I could relate to.
There are many characters that play an important role in this story, Leo, the main protagonist, Harris, Leo’s younger brother, Klevko the butler, Trevo
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sound Bender is an intriguing novel for middle-grade readers with much to offer that mythical reluctant boy. The protagonist is orphaned, lives with an almost scary uncle, meets curious strangers, and enjoys the promise of a glorious future if he can just let go of the past. Sibling rivalries, small betrayals, and a teenager’s longing for independence are convincingly brought to life. Meanwhile a curious skill with electronics, plus a previously unknown talent combine to tell Leo there’s more to ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
in this book you will follow leo and his brother, hollis, as they travel to their uncles house after their parents died. once he's there leo gets an old package from his father and in it is a disc that leads him to strange places. he learns that when he touches certain things he can hear their past.

recomend to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, and dolphins.
Lisa Hinson
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story kept me engaged and wondering what would happen next. Exposes a new idea as to the way some may think, feel and experience life. The ending was a little rushed, thus the 4 stars.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: upper-elementary
This is another just right book. Peril and excitement. But not over the top for the age it is catering to. Action and adventure, perfectly done for the upper elementary group.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Jacob Peters
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was an amazing fiction story that captivated me and was really interesting!
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was really enjoyable. It is a really nice action/mystery book. Can't wait to read the next book.
Eyes of the Owl BQQKS
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A terrific teen read if you like action and learning about new concepts.
Carter Worden
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was good. Another one of those book where you just pass by your cousin's bookshelves pick it up and read it! :P
Two things, from this book, were new for me to experience.
Firstly : Sound.
Yeah, Sound. I've never bothered to think that deep about the sound. Its everywhere. Its even here when I'm typing these words. This guy, Leo, I thought was too boring at first who just loved nothing else in the world apart from sounds, and not the music ones, sounds which general things in life makes wher
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june
Sound Bender
By: Lin Oliver, Theo Baker

If you could here the history by touching it would you think you’re different? Sound Bender, A mysterious adventure with a sci-fi twist, After their parents' plane goes down over the ocean, Leo and his brother Hollis are forced into the custody of their rich and snobby uncle Crane, a dealer of rare and probably stolen antiques. But almost as soon as he's settled, or as close to settled as he can get in the dingy Brooklyn mansion, surrounded by his uncle's br
Adam Nielson
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Sound Bender is a fantasy book written by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker. The main character is named Leo Lomax. He was born on a primitive island, where the shamans titled him “Sound Bender.” This gives him the power to hear an object’s past. He often goes to a guitar shop, owned by a man named Jeremy. There he finds out about his birth.

The Sound Bender is a good book, because the characters are not flat, especially Leo. Leo is a person who always wants to do what’s right, who is adventurous, and w
Ms. Yingling
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
When Leo and Hollis' parents are both killed in a plane crash, they must move in with their uncle. Crane is a bit odd-- he buys and sells rare artifacts and may or may not be a criminal. Leo tries to settle in to his new life, but is unsettled when he receives a package for his 13th birthday... from his father. It includes an odd recording. Leo loves sounds, and frequently hangs out at Jeremy's used record store, so takes the disk there. He finds out that he was not in fact born in New York, but ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: washyarg, young-adult
When Leo’s and his brother Hollis’ parents die suddenly, they are sent to live with their step-uncle Crane. Crane lives in a warehouse filled with priceless “artifacts” that he buys and sells. Through a mysterious letter from his dad, Leo discovers he is a “Sound Bender” – he can sometimes make connections to the past through sounds that emanate from certain objects. One of his experiences leads him to a discovery that will change his life.
This is an adventure aimed at middle school boys, but
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought that the Sound Bende was mediocre. I thought this because I wasn't really fascinated with all the problems and missions that the main character had to go through. I also wasn't entertained with the Wuhu island pat of the story.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another winner here. Leo & brother Hollis have recently lost their parents in a plane crash. Now they are going to live with their father's step brother Crane who runs an import export business. After moving into Crane's warehouse/home Leo is given a special disc from his dad that will unlock all the secrets of his life. Turns out he can hear & reproduce all kinds of sounds as well as see the history of the things he touches. There's a little bit of typical teen stuff but it pretty quickly becom ...more
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