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2.90  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Edward Pollock lives an ordinary life at his ordinary boarding school, where the food is bad and the teachers are way too serious. But one day he's inexplicably drawn to a strange and powerful book, and suddenly the boarding school isn't quite so ordinary anymore. Capable of boosting men to heroism or destroying them in malice and evil, The Other Book has laid dormant for ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Feb 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Edward attends a boarding school in England and leads a fairly normal life. He is often in trouble, frequently bullied, and generally miserable living with horrible teachers, awful food, and lackluster friends. One day, he is magically led to a mysterious book known only as "The Other Book"- a book that gives him horrible visions when he touches it. He soon discovers that the protector of the book has chosen him as a pure soul- the person responsible for delivering the book from evil to it's rig ...more
Nov 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
Too many inconsistencies in the story. Because the guardian of The Book was corrupt, the book could not be used by the next in line (his son) but had to be buried for 400 years so the evil could be leached out. Then in 400 years time, another person would try to corrupt the power of the Book but there would be someone to restore it to it's full glory and power. So a boy, Edward has the Book and the bad guys are after the Book, and the bad guys can sense the Book but not always, and Edward runs f ...more
Jan 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
I rarely rate YA books one star, but I honestly just did not like this book at all. It reminded me of a bad version of The Golden Compass. The story had a good story idea, but I don't think it was effectively written. I noticed inconsistencies in the plot and the characters were very flat. ...more
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Poor character development, choppy pacing, and unlikely character choices serving to conveniently tie up narrative threads made this book totally BLAH.
S.C. Skillman
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Attracted by the gothic-sounding storyline set out in the blurb, I picked up this young adult book from my daughter's bookshelf, and read it during one train journey. I enjoyed this account of 12 year old Edward's encounters with another, terrifying world and also felt the way the supernatural events interacted with his school life was skilfully handled by the author, and on occasions very amusing. I loved the villainous characters of Lady Anne and Mrs Phipps; they were developed extremely well ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
Apr 27, 2008 rated it liked it
The Other Book will appeal to older fans of Harry Potter and The Golden Compass. Even darker in tone than The Deathly Hallows, this relatively short novel set in an English boarding school follows its hero as he struggles to keep unlimited power out of the hands of those who would use it for their own evil ends. While the characters are more thinly drawn than in either of the aforementioned series, there is plenty of dark magic and adventure here to satisfy young readers."

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Jennifer Wardrip
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Oldstone Manor is a strange old place all by itself. When you add in a boarding school where Greek and Latin aren't dead languages, it gets just plain weird. But something particularly strange, even for Oldstone, is going on. The problem is that no one, other than Edward, seems to be noticing. Well, maybe not no one.

It started with the crazy recurring dreams. Dreams about places he recognizes even though he's never been there, people who seem fami
A boarding school, friends, mysterious magical happenings, suspicious teachers - does any of this sound vaguely familiar? Philip Womack's The Other Book combines each of these aspects into an intriguing and dark work that while perhaps lacking in originality, keeps the reader engaged. Edward Pollock, an avid reader, comes across a mysterious book in his school library. Soon after, things start getting wonky around the campus. Edward is ported to another dimension where he is instructed by a knig ...more
Sanika Bhargaw
Jun 29, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good but not as good as a lot of the others I've read this summer.
Basically, it's about a boy named Edward who goes to a boarding school. One day he finds a mysterious old book in the library and takes it. He is for some reason drawn to it. He finds out that this book is the "Other Book", a magical book that has been dormant for a long time. It has many dark powers and Edward must resist them, as he is the guardian of the book.
Then a new teacher arrives at his boarding schoo
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Another kind of Harry Potter--a boy at boarding school finds out he is special, and has a few adventures. The idea was okay, but some of the passages struck me as out of place. For example, at one point, the boy imagines playing video games when this is all over, and sure, kids like to do that kind of thing, but almost nowhere in the book are electronics mentioned or used. Another thing that didn't ring true was the fact that this kid had wonderful loving parents who he never tried to reach when ...more
Amy Emler
Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it
My librarian called this 'good, heavy duty fantasy' and dropped it on my desk for me to read over Christmas break. I'm still not entirely sure what I think of it, exactly. I did have a hard time getting into it; it sat on my shelf for several days. Once I got into it, I did finish quickly. There are still some things that never got explained that bother me, and some charaters that just didn't ring quite true throughout. It seems set up for a sequel, which I would be interested in reading. We'll ...more
Dec 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Creepy, but tottally enthralling. 3.5 stars.
Update: April 20th, 2011. I picked up this book from the library and distantly recognized it, read the entire thing, got on goodreads to record it and Lo and Behold, I'd read it 2 years earlier. Obviously it hadn't made a huge impression on me, seeing as I re-read the entire thing and didn't know I had read it before.
I liked it better this time though, I would now rate it 4 stars.
Dreadfully flat. I got most of the way through, but eventually gave up slogging through the recycled storyline, disjointed and confusing writing, and very static characters. The prologue wasn't bad, but the actual story wasn't well-developed at all. I've seen worse; nonetheless, it is not worth the time. ...more
Apr 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: magic
Edward really does not like boarding school, but when he finds a mysterious tome in the library, his life is forevered changed. The Other Book, the book he finds, is the written accounts from Merlin and Viven, and it is up to Edward to keep the book safe and out of the hands of the evil Lady Anne.
Just a fun good read.
Kristy McRae
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
An interesting, fast-paced middle-grade fantasy/adventure. I liked the storyline, and the characters, although I felt like poor Edward got betrayed horribly by people he trusted JUST a few too many times... This is left open-ended--I'm not sure if there's a sequel, or if one is planned, but I was interested enough in the story that I would definitely read a sequel. ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
i didn't really like this book, it had some good ideas,but it felt weak, as if the author just squeezed more lines when he was re-reading it :S, the first chapter made me interested, but through the pages it was up and down , there was good material but the conversation and the jumping in events made me want to finish it but with no real joy :( ...more
Oct 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A good scary read - suspenseful and rather dark. Edward, a boarding school student at Oldstone Manor, finds a book of power that has been corrupted. Edward has to keep it out of the hands of Lady Anne, who wants to use it for evil. Has some interesting twists.
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When Edward discovers a mysterious book in the library at his boarding school, he never imagines the turmoil it will cause in his life. Somehow he absorbs the contents of the book, and suddenly some of the teachers at the school are after him for the book's power. ...more
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book started a little slow and confusing but then really picked up. I had to keep reading once I got towards the end. I don't know if there will be another book but the end was written in a way that there could be. ...more
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
The Other Book was a very interesting short story. And boy is the beginning good, if not a little creepy. The whole Merlin and Vivian thing was weird though. There were also a lot of unknowns about the book and the people in the story, but surprisingly it worked.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-teen
Really good read. Author has a good imagination and you are at the edge of your seat most of the time.
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
a great fantasy book
Carolyn Klassen
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This was just okay because it felt too complicated and yet under-developed. The idea and intent was there, but I just wish it was executed differently by Womack
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: child-lit, 2009
Very British.
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chapter, fantasy
Edward fins a book that has the potential for great evil or great good. Very confusing at times and not a satisfactory ending. Skip it
Jul 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, books
Fine but not memorable story of a boy at boarding school who finds a lost book and is pursued by bad guys.
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