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The Collectors

(The Collectors #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Even the smallest wish can be dangerous. That’s why the Collectors are always keeping watch.

Van has always been an outsider. Most people don’t notice him. But he notices them. And he notices the small trinkets they drop, or lose, or throw away—that’s why his collection is full of treasures. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything c
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Greenwillow Books
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
One of the things that I absolutely adored about The Collectors was the first chapter. The wonderful image of the spider dangling from the ceiling and our first glimpse at the premise. Such lovely descriptive passages that really capture your interest. The way the story has you questioning wishes. Whether all wishes should come true. Sure it's wonderful to wish for ice cream with dinner and have it come true, but what if a wish could be dangerous and needed to be stopped?

Coming from a background
Ms. B
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2021, childrens
There were so many twists in this story about the danger of wishes. What if all wishes came true? Who should decide which wishes come true and which are dangerous? Can Van decide who should make these decisions; the Collectors or Mr. Falborg? Which side is Pebble the girl he initially follows on? (view spoiler) This is book 1 in a series. ...more
Claire F
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Deep thoughts on power, consequences, and motive run throughout this wildly creative, unique adventure.
Amber Scaife
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although he tends to go through life generally unnoticed, Van himself is very good at noticing things. Little things that other people would never see. He finds out one day that he can even see some people whom other, normal, folks can't, and that's where his adventures begin. These usually invisible people are Collectors - they steal away wishes before the Wish Eaters can get them. But Van soon discovers that it's not at all easy to discern which side is the right side in this struggle, and tha ...more
Belles Middle Grade Library
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have many books by this author, but this is my 1st read! I LOVED this so much! Wow! What if all wishes did come true? If you stop & think about it-it would be chaos. To have a wish come true, you never know what might have to happen to make it possible-& it may be something terrible, a price you wouldn’t want to pay. Plus, the power of that would be too dangerous. I can definitely see how wishes could be very dangerous indeed.

I absolutely love our MC Van. He is hard of hearing, & wears hearin
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Lots of fun, and it gets a lot of things right. The boy isn't an orphan, nor unloved, but he still winds up having adventures. There's comic relief (not quite as annoying as Jar-Far). The magic has consistency and is creative/ original.

But there are problems, too. For example, Van isn't much of a hero. I mean, he's brave as all get out, but incredibly foolhardy, when he gets a chance to be. Mainly, though, he's being dragged around, pushed around, carried around, and feeling compelled to do stu
Carrie ReadingtoKnow
I launched into this read hoping for the best. It had a "Secret Keepers" vibe about it, ala Trenton Lee Stewart. I did think the story was clever and unique at the beginning but I didn't find West to be a riveting story teller and I have to confess boredom by the middle of the story. As the book was wrapping up I was trying to ascertain the main message that the author wanted me to take away and, for the life of me, I couldn't discover what it was. There seemed to be no clear purpose or point in ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrow, ebook
I can't wait for the second book. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Giovanni lives in New York City with his mother, who is an opera singer. His father was a set designer, and the one thing "Van" has kept through all of their moves to different cities is the maquette his father had- a small stage with curtains. He finds objects out on the street and uses them to reinact scenes on the stage. His frequent moves, as well as the fact that he is hard of hearing, occasionally makes it difficult for him to make friends, so when he runs into Peb
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Collectors
Jacqueline West

What it's all about...

Van is the young son of a famous opera singer. They live wherever his mother sings. This makes Van the newest kid in his class...wherever they go. Van is also deaf and wears hearing aids but there are certain situations where he just does not hear what people are saying. Van also likes tiny things. He seems to find something odd and unique wherever he goes. He loves looking down for small discarded treasures. One day he sees a girl and her squ
The Reading Countess
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. Jacqueline West, you have written a delightfully delicious fantasy story. This is a book you cannot put down until the very last page-compulsively readable!

While I was sad to turn to that last page, I'm heartened to know that there is a second one coming around soon enough. The Collectors is the first in a planned two-book series.

You've gotta love the world she weaves: dream eaters that remind you of Gremlins, a lovable, easily distracted squirrel, and its main characters, Van and Pebb
Idris Grey
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love, giveaways
I was provided a physical ARC of The Collectors by Jacqueline West by HarperCollins Publishers and Greenwillow Books in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars.

I really enjoyed The Collectors. The writing was compulsively readable. I loved the characters and thought they were nicely defined and complex. The worldbuilding was interesting and well-distributed throughout the story. The story was clearly geared toward readers of a certain age, but despite being much older than the intended audience,
Leslie Sachlis
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This book starts out slowly, even tedious at times. Van the main character has a hearing loss. He can however hear some things that "ordinary people" cannot. He can talk to and communicate with the animals. He sees a young girl taking coins from a fountain, follows her and embarks on a adventure he could not have imagined. Pebble ( the girl at the fountain ) is attempting to steal wishes from the fountain before they are granted. The reason for this is that wishes can have unintended consequence ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This curious book is about a young boy who can see wishes (they look like little bubbles) and those who capture them. It's impossible, of course, but "true" as he ends up in a world that harvests and captures wishes, keeps them safe from those who can make wishes come true.

Some of the tale is about the danger surrounding wishes. Some is about the old adage "Be careful what you wish for." In the end, it's about wishes and the truth surrounding them.

While the tale is written for 8-12 year olds, I
Karen Parisot
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Van is used to going around unnoticed, so he’s become an expert at noticing the stuff that everyone else ignores. He has built a collection of found objects that he keeps stowed beneath his bed. Whenever he goes out he’s always on the lookout for another treasure to add to his box. One day at the Park, he notices a gray squirrel and a strangely dressed girl stealing a coin from a fountain. Little does he know that his life is about to get much, much more interesting.
This book has so much going
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jf-fantasy
This is an awesome fantasy, featuring a boy (Van) who has some hearing loss, enough that he needs to use hearing aids. Van discovers a secret society of Collectors, who capture and imprison Wish Eaters, misty creatures who fulfill people's wishes. The Collectors' rational is that wishes are unpredictable, and can cause more problems than they are worth. On the other side is Mr. Falborg, who wants to free the Wish Eaters. Poor Van gets caught in the middle when the Collectors want him to spy on M ...more
Pages & Cup
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars. What an absolutely wonderful middle-grade book! I loved the protagonist, Van Markson. He's very likable and relatable, even though he's an 11-year-old boy who's hearing impaired and I'm not. I also loved the mini-cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. They propelled the story forward.

I received this book for free from the publisher.
Jen Petro-Roy
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just wonderful.
Taylor Ren’e Lara
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Unique concept, gorgeous world building and a perfectly unwrapped ending. I’m hoping for a book 2 📖
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Slow at moments but lands well. I love the mom in this. Moral relativism for 12-year-olds was fun to read.
Pumkin pie
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-books
Like, I really loved this. I loved the excitement and the mystery. I can't WAIT for the next book! ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Here's what I really like: the main character is a boy who knows that the important things are in the details. He has hearing issues so he has to pay close attention to the clues around him. He is a survivor. He is very smart. Also, there is magic.

I thought the pace was slightly uneven. But kids who aren't quite ready for the drama of HP 4 and on, who like the Land of Stories or the Savvy series will certainly dig this. I liked it a lot.
Obviously a series book with a series ending, but the concept was great and I liked the trade-offs message.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This was a delightfully fun little book, and one that felt very much like a Miyazaki movie in print form (even more so than Howl's Moving Castle, which actually was made into a Miyazaki movie). The characters are unique, the premise is interesting, and the story is fast-paced and full of little twists to keep the reader engaged until the last page.

The Collectors follows the story of a young boy named Van (short for Giovanni) Markson, who has spent his entire life going unnoticed by others. Whil
Melanie Dulaney
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Just like her “Elsewhere” series, author Jacqueline West has created a unique fantasy world that will mystify, give readers the creeps, as well as something/someone to cheer for. Van is a hard of hearing, short of confidence boy who travels the world and from show to show with his opera singing mother. He is unnoticed by nearly everyone, but misses very little himself. In fact, he even sees a young girl and her squirrel when they shouldn’t be visible. Thus, Van enters the world of Wish Collector ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even though the narration was superb, I couldn't quite finish this audiobook. I think what happened here is that the author was trying to add to the suspense by maybe waiting to explain some things, but all this actually did was keep the characters from developing. I don't feel like I understand any of the characters' motivations, even the main character's. I don't even like him very much despite the constant refrain about how he would never normally act like this or do that. I'm sad the story l ...more
Anna Karwowska
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
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engo that to admit that this was one of these innovations that woke up my curiosity for its beautiful front, which did that I was concentrating on her and was ending up by reading its synopsis, although the front was already giving us a quite clear idea of the type of reading that we would find in its interior. Although well it is true that the middle grade are not of the books that more I read, also the fact it is that occasionally I give an opportunity someone and it turns out to be a pleasant ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank HarperChildrens for my free copy of Jacqueline West's THE COLLECTORS.
(Now...I tried to bold and italicize sentences I took from the book, but could NOTget it to work, so those parts I stuck in quotes; hope that was alright...)

So to start, WOW!!!!
Wonderful, engrossing, both dark and airy read.
An I-cannot-put-this-down. WHAT? This-is-the-end. Give-me-more-now-please!!!!!! read.

From chapter one, the sensory, teeny-tiny detail is exquisite. The word play, phenomenal.

To describe
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to preface this by saying that if you haven't read West's Books of Elsewhere series, get on that STAT and make sure you have those in your arsenal. They are wonderful, and they should tide you over until this book comes out in October. You do not need to have read The Books of Elsewhere to enjoy this - they are not related to this at all - but they are excellent.

So. Onward with our current read:

This was an adventure! I mean, you didn't know which way it was going to go from one page to
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