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What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn’t just talk to you – in a meticulous British accent, no less – but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence surrounding the ...more
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published April 9th 2014 by MuseItUp Publishing
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Renee
Things are very unusual indeed in Central Park where we meet 12-year-old Jenny Tindal who is babysitting her brother, James and his friend Sleepy when a pigeon speaks to her requesting her help. The more she ignores him, the more urgently he impresses on her the danger he is in from a vicious hawk, hot on his tail. The children soon discover that the pigeon is actually a 19th Century Englishman named Arthur Whitehair who was transformed into a pigeon after he misread a spell granting eternal lif ...more
Dianne
Who says fantasy and adventure, can only be found in faraway places? What if you found it in your own “backyard” and your backyard is New York City? Welcome to the world created by New York authors Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks, grab your transfer cards, your imagination and get ready for Things Are Not What They Seem, a completely enjoyable thrill ride as a group of kids begin their own fantasy adventure into the world of magic, mystery and mayhem, all while trying to stay one step ahead ...more
Susan Bernhardt
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished another wonderful mystery by NYC authors, Kenneth Hicks and Anne Rothman-Hicks. Although this novel is aimed for children, I found the story exciting. I would say it is for all ages, much like the Harry Potter series.

Sister and brother, Jennifer and James set out on a thrilling adventure with their two friends, Sleepy and Kaytlyn to help a talking pigeon, Arthur who is actually an Englishman, reverse a magic spell that has gone wrong. Many lessons are woven into the story such as
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Alex
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Things Are Not What They Seem is a wonderful book for anyone from ages 8-80. The story line is original and makes for an incredibly fun read. This is a book which is VERY hard to put down, all of their adventures will definitely have you on the edge of your seats and you read from page to page. All of the characters in this book (both large and small) are well developed and their personalities definitely come off the page. One thing which kept coming into my head is what a great animated movie t ...more
Heather Brainerd
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This delightful story is fast-paced and entertaining. Almost-thirteen-year-old Jennifer and her younger brother James, along with some friends, get caught up in a mysterious, magical adventure stemming from a visit to New York City’s Central Park. Can you believe it all starts with a talking pigeon!?

The characters are well-developed and fun. The story moves along at a brisk pace. Lessons on love, friendship, kindness, and finding your inner strength shine through. And the humor is plentiful! Gre
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Suzanne Montigny
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A talking pigeon, a sleepy boy, a spinny girl, and a brother and sister make up the main cast of characters in this story. Oh, and don't forget the strange character, Sempre, who invades Jennie's waking dreams and the charming homeless guy, Mr. Bags. This story begins in Central Park in New York when a pigeon begins talks to Jennie, asking her help in solving his problem of being trapped for 180 years in a pigeon's body. This is a great tale for middle grade kids that will have them turning page ...more
Beth Fowler
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Co-authors Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks launch into “Things Are Not What They Seem” without wasting time on background and descriptive junk readers of any age group dislike. The authors masterfully set the fantasy in present-day New York City, featuring regular, relatable kids.

This middle-grade fantasy adventure starts with, “When the pigeon first spoke to Jennifer that morning in the playground, she responded by pretending to examine something absolutely fascinating at the top of a near
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Cat Michaels
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have penned a page-turner for upper-elementary grade readers who enjoy a touch of fantasy with their fiction. Things are Not What They Seem follows the escapades of four New York City children who bring new meaning to feeding pigeons in Central Park.

Characters
The authors’ created a quartet of characters that pop off the page. Their protagonist, almost-twelve-years-old Jennifer Tindal, is a city-savvy girl who’s bothered by weird dreams of a red-haired monk sp
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Stacie
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Things Are Not What They Seem is a captivating adventure that takes readers on an exciting adventure through Central Park as the characters try to undo an ancient spell and thwart and evil plan before it's too late.

Jennifer and her brother James are spending the day in Central Park. As James plays with his friend Jennifer watches from a park bench. A seemingly average day takes a turn when a pigeon begs Jennifer for help. She's convinced it's some sort of joke designed to make her look like a fo
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Darlene Cruz
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book for all ages. A delightful entertaining middle grade fiction and what is so funny? Feeding pigeons of all places in Central Park let's not forget a talking pigeon to boot! Nothing wrong with that. I found the story moving along with humor, page after page of funny quips. The main characters, Jennifer and her brother James provides cute side kick comic entertainment. When the banter happens between the two characters and the immortal talking pigeon I can't keep from smiling. Now th ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Magical and mysterious, things are not what they seen has lots of twists and turns to keep the young reader engrossed in the book. This book has the sweet children run into danger and deceit yet learn and defeat the evil.
Young Jennifer and her brother James and sleepy are off on an adventure when they find a talking pigeon. The book unfolds along the drama of deceit and distrust when the talking pigeon Arthur shares his tale with them and asks for their help.
The story book talks of helping other
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Conda Douglas
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This is a fun read for middle grade and up, as an adult, I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to the next one. In some ways this book reminds me of The Mixed Up Files of Basil E Frankweiler, in that it takes place in New York, a setting that the authors obviously know so well that New York is also one of the characters in the book. The main characters, Jennifer and her younger brother James are also intelligent, capable and age appropriate as they embark on their adventure. In fact, one of th ...more
Ellen Christian
I’ve reviewed several books by Anne Rothman & Kenneth Hicks so when they contacted me to review Things Are Not What They Seem, I got excited. The reason I got excited is because I have loved every book that I’ve reviewed for them, and I don’t say that lightly. I set aside a few hours today to read the book because I knew when I started reading I just wouldn’t be able to stop. That’s just the type of stories they write. I couldn't have spent a more enjoyable two hours. ...more
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