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Enter a Glossy Web

(Enter a Glossy Web #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Twelve-year-old George has no idea what to expect when she’s sent to stay with eccentric relatives following the disappearance of her brother. Soon after her arrival, she learns that Uncle Constantine has been kidnapped. George sets off to recover him and is joined by two orphaned boys along the way and Cavendish, a talking map. Together they visit magical worlds full of m ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Christy Ottaviano Books
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Belles Middle Grade Library
I loved this so much! I can’t believe this was a debut novel! The whole story was so creative & fascinating! George is sent to stay w/her eccentric Aunt & Uncle after her younger brother went missing. Her parents are leaving her w/them while they go back to Instanbil where they were, & searching for him. Shortly after arriving her uncle leaves on a business trip. Almost immediately after that, he sends an urgent message home needing George’s help ASAP. The note tells her to find something/someon ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, there is nothing unbiased about this review. I did my small part in helping get this published, and every time someone reads this, I will owe them a debt of gratitude. Years ago, I read one of the first drafts, and at the time, I knew this novel would be special. And for all the bias that I may have, I just want to proclaim that the finished product is every bit as wonderful as I thought it would be. Enter a Glossy Web isn’t just about adventure and impossible quests and crazy c ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this from the author. I did not read the entire book from start to finish, but completed the first couple of chapters and skimmed the rest - I was really impressed. The writing is descriptive but not forced, the characters have agency and real depth and the illustration mock-ups were very cute, too. I think this would a great read for junior fiction readers.
Sasha (book hugger)
I must say, I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would, but I recommend it and I loved it. ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Ruebush, McKenna Enter a Glossy Web, 389 pages. Henry Holt and Company, 2016. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”) Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (kidnapping, murder).

12 year old George has to live with her Aunt Henrietta and Uncle Constantine after her brother has gone missing. There is something mysterious happening that involves Uncle Constantine leaving and someone having Aunt Henrietta kidnapped. George and two boys, Mikal and Caleb, have a mission to rescue Aunt Henrietta and help Uncle
When her brother disappears, George's parents leave her with relatives while they continue their search. Yet she is quickly embroiled in her own adventure which leads her to discover worlds of fantastic creatures and imaginative contraptions. She and her new friends must embark on a series of treasure hunts to save her aunt and prevent the end of the world. This story moved along and will be enjoyed by those who like fantasy. It felt a lot like the recently written books "A Most Magical Girl" an ...more
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May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful read!
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this little treasure at the library and I loved it. I loved the storyline and all the characters. All of the characters grew throughout the story and I got a little choked up at the end of the book. I hope there will be another book.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
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Grades 4-6
Twelve-year-old George (short for Georgina) feels right at home with her zany aunt and uncle, despite missing her lost brother. However, she’s soon swept up in the adventure to stop an apocalyptic meteor shower by re-forming the mythical Council of Seven from Uncle Constantine’s bedtime stories. Along the way she meets two orphaned boys who pledge to help her. Through muddy puddles and the zooming highway of flying doors (“the Door Way”) that connect ingeniously
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
68%. This was rather long for a children's book, which is neither a good thing or a bad thing, just different. The main reason for this was because the universe was so large and dense that it took a very long time to explain the world in general. However, because the universe was so massive, there are many opportunities for the rest of the series to be even better than the first. My favorite part of the book by far was the characters. George was strong but not overbearingly so, Caleb was sweet a ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, good-ya
This is a special book. The author, McKenna, is around my age, and lives not far from me in humble 'ol Idaho. My mom (who is the local newspaper reporter) did an interview with her, and then she was given a copy of the book. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and it's very creative, with beautiful illustrations from Jaime Zollars.

A girl named George saves the worlds with two boys (Caleb and Mikal) as her companions. Her uncle and aunt are ancien Council Members; the Timekeeper and the Innocent. She meet
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked it. I've seen multiple drafts and just finished reading my ARC.

The characters are enjoyable (if not ones I personally identify with) and I find their quest to save the world interesting and entertaining. The journey of the Snaffleharp Company through multiple worlds tantalized at times and once past an inflection point, I found myself tearing through pages to the end. There are some doldrums through the center where I felt like the story lags momentarily but its really just gathering mom
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. It's a wonderful adventure through some fantastic worlds, with lessons for children and adults alike. A perfect example is the way the characters try to leave a place better than they found it. An invaluable lesson that my co-workers don't seem to have ever learnt.
The characters are interesting and I found a piece of myself in each of them.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the trilogy, and getting some closure on the unresolved story li
Meag McKeron
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, juv-fiction
This has pretty much everything you can ask for in a children's fantasy book - strong and quirky characters up against seemingly insurmountable odds, worlds filled with strange and intriguing creatures and concepts, a dastardly villain, and twists and turns that keep you on your feet the whole story. I really appreciated that Ruebush presented a complex plot without overdoing it. She sticks to her main characters and storyline without throwing in too many side plots and unnecessary characters th ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. My opinion is just that...mine, and completely unbiased.

I cannot wait to read this with my grandchildren when they are a bit older. I loved everything about this charming book. It's non-stop action, mysterious worlds, wonderful creatures, friendship and family bonds had me smiling, cheering, and wanting more. The messages within are important too; trust, confidence, perseverance, belief, and sticking together have great meaning, and the rewards can be awe
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!! Funny, creative, and unique!! I picked this book up due to the cover (I know, I know) which reminded me of "A Wrinkle In Time" in some ways. This book does have some similar aspects, but it is also its own book. Definitely worth the read. I look forward to the next one! ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a very satisfying first novel. There are several likable characters, a world-saving adventure of the William Joyce variety and several inventive qualities including door travel. I think kids will really like this.
Karen Gedeon
Great fantasy adventure for grades 4-7 where Georgina and her orphan friends must travel through various worlds to save her Uncle Constantine & Aunt Henrietta (and all the worlds) by 11:11 pm.
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