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Love Among the Walnuts

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,407 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Sandy Huntington-Ackerman's life becomes increasingly complicated when his bungling, moneygrubbing uncles try to shanghai the family fortune by poisoning a birthday cake. Luckily, those conniving uncles prove yet again that they can't do anything right. Instead of bumping off the whole family, they put Sandy's mom and dad and their pet chicken into mysterious comas. Sandy ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1998)
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Io705
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good vs. Evil? Gosh, where do we start?? Bart and Bernie are your typical, typecast evil villains. And, Mousey and the rest of their family and friends at Walnut Manor and Eclipse are the typical good guys. Pure, sweet, honest... the list goes on. But, I feel like there's got to be something underneath all that. The characters have to go deeper they just being perfect and nice or horrible and mean, there's got to be something underneath that act. But, what?

I feel like though everyone knows nothi
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Kyle Knight
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Love Among the Walnuts Review

This book is one of the only books that actually kept me interested and made me want to read more. This book really kept me reading it because it is kind of a mystery book and is also somewhat dramatic which interest me. I would recommend this book to anyone who can read because I guarantee they would like it. They would probably like the character Sandy who is my favorite character because he is a leader and solves every problem thrown at him. They would not like B
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Joanna Compton-Mys
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and I can not say that I was disappointed. This was one of the most entertaining and charming young adult books I've read in a long time. Both laugh out loud funny and well written, I couldn't wait to find out how the story ended!

As a fan of fairy tales, I appreciated the tone of this book as it had very clear-cut characters in terms of good and evil, although there is a slightly more serious undertone of learning to live in the real world that
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Janna Craig
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread 8/26/17

"And they all lived as happily ever after as real life will allow." I really just love this book.


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I knew from almost the first page that I would love this quirky little gem. The characters are lovable and funny, the storyline is interesting, and the ending is perfect. Honestly, I kind of want to go back and reread the book immediately. It's marketed as a YA book, but I think upper elementary kids would enjoy it, too, and if I'm any indication, adults should lo
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Lizzy _3
Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone!
This book was sooooooooooo cute! I adored it! It was completely and utterly amazing. The author worked in some really great humor too and it was just very satisfying. It was easy and kinda childish to read but it was very entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone because it's not hard and it made me happy. The ending was beautiful. Kind of predictable as all little kid books are. 'They all lived happily ever after' you know what I mean? But it was very happifying. :)
Stephanie
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a spree rereading old favorites. I loved this in middle school. It's still lots of fun. It's quirky and charming. Perfect if you want something fun, lighthearted, and easy.
Sebastian
Feb 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 7th-grade
LOVE AMONG THE WALNUTS

Have you ever wished that you had a perfect life with no problems? I have and I bet you have also. There are so many issues in our world that it is impossible to not encounter atleast a few of them. No matter how rich, powerful, or smart you are, no matter how well protected you are there is always conflict in your life. Some problems hurt you mentally, and some hurt you physically, but each can be just as powerful.

Sandy had what he thought of as a perfect life, he lived
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Rochelle
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I found this book on a library shelf and it seemed interesting so I decided to checked it out.

This book is like a great big fortune cookie. On the outside, it's pretty plain and not very flavored or filling. But when you open it up, that's when you get the deeper hidden message. The writing is flat with hardly any descriptions of anything but in the end, the corners of your mouth will jerk up in a smile for the moral of this small story. This "telly" tale is about a wealthy couple, Horatio and M
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Keri
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Keri McLucas
Humor

Love among the Walnuts, by Jean Ferris, is an entertaining story about a very wealthy man and his family. Horatio Alger Huntington-Ackerman lives in an ideal, perfect world with his wife, Mousey and their son, Sandy. The world the little family lives in is so complete; they never need to leave their home for anything. The home is located right next door to a sanitarium known as Walnut Manor. Unfortunately, Horatio’s brothers, Bart and Bernie are not quite as happy or wealthy. Th
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Rosa
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, young-adult
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Alyssa
Apr 02, 2012 added it
Shelves: humor
Alyssa Morres
Humor

This story is about Horatio who in the beginning starts out as a very wealthy but unhappy man. Then he finds love and marries Mousey. They move out to the country and have a child named Alexander whose nickname is Sandy. The Horatio's brothers come into town and try everything to take his money. They decide then to try to poison him and send him and everyone else into a coma except Sandy and Bently, who is the butler. They put them into a crazy hospital where their nurse Sunnie
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Baconlover312
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this a while back right after I read the Once Upon a Marigold series by the same author. As time has passed, I realize more and more how much this book touched me. It has really opened my eyes to the real world and though this is a middle grade, it was fantastic. I would honestly recommend it.
Paige Owen
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You would think that they would not like cake for the wedding after all that had happened. I love this book
Sharon
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick read. I liked the story.
Juanita
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: Love Among The Walnuts by Jean Ferris. 06/15/2017

This is a great story about friendship and fidelity. I think the author did a great job with her writing style and introducing characters that were different, individually creative, and eccentric with humor in the mix. I call it either a cozy, relaxing or beach book. The person narrating has a hopeless sounding style but just enough heart to keep the intimidating fundamentals humorous even when they are frightening.

This is a story about a
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Molly Falck
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"I think anything's bearable if you have the right people to bear it with you."

Love Among the Walnuts begins with Horatio and Mousey falling in love and starting a family. Fast forward into the future, they, (along with their chicken, Attila), are poisoned by the uncles. Sandy, their son, is determined to bring them out of their comas, and with the help of the butler and a nurse, Sunnie, they move the unconscious bodies to Walnut Manor. While the butler attempts to discover a cure, Sandy and Su
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Brady B
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Love Among The Walnuts by Jean Ferris was a mediocre book. In this realistic fiction book the main characters have removed themselves from society and live in their own perfect world. Sandy, Horatio, and Mousey are wealthy and Sandy’s uncles are after the family’s fortune. One day the uncles poison a birthday cake and Mousey, Horatio, and Flossie- the butler’s wife- slip into comas. The patients are moved to the next door mental home, where shocking discoveries are made, all while Sandy’s uncles ...more
Maren Johnson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe it's just me, but everyone in this book is way too happy. Oh we got poisoned? Awesome! Oh we live next to a mental hospital? Awesome! Oh we don't have any real life responsibilities and somehow just make bank all the time? Awesome! (Oh that would be awesome, but it's so unrealistic). They were too happy and too boring. The villains were way too typical and just evil for no reason. Boring! The whole thing was relatively boring because it was all happy, happy, happy.
Jonathan J
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love among the walnuts was one of the best books i've ever read. As simple as the story was it was full of comedy and mystery. The book never got boring and always kept me in attention. I loved the amount of characters in the book as well. I strongly recommend this book to somebody who likes books.
Kat Wawrykow
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Quite frankly one of my favorite books of all time. Imagination, murder, and a capsule of hope in the bounds of the pages Ferris writes in. Yes, it may not be the world we live in, but it is one I want to.
Alice
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This seemed like a book that wouldn't have found a publisher. I assume the author has other books so she can get a book like this published. It is very campy and like a cozy mystery--without much a of a mystery and just not a great story. Didn't hate it, but would not recommend to anyone else.
Emily
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book! The characters were quirky and the storyline was so wholesome.
Grace Gibson
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, middle-grade
Strange but marginally entertaining
Tre Perkins
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was very good along with up downs and romances the ending was very happy and fun and I enjoyed reading it alot
Kristy Thayne
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, funny, feel-good, and charming.
Heather
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love.
Kristin Ammerman
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The characters were original.
Cass
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Jean Ferris' s books! This one is full of interesting characters each with their own little idiosyncrasies that keep the story rolling and me laughing. A fun book to read.
Amira
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recent
Love Among the Walnuts written by Jean Ferris is a very unique book. I came across this book by pure chance. When I was in the library one day, I decided I would choose a random book of a random shelf, and if I liked the cover I would try reading it. Well, since I am reviewing it and therefore obviously read it, it turns out I did like the cover. It has a chicken on it. While reading LAtW, I kept flipping the page and wouldn’t put the book down. I suppose one could call this book a “page turner” ...more
Runa
May 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another one of my recent reads that had me underwhelmed. I wasn't a fan of the writing to begin with--I felt that it was trying much too hard to be whimsical and this was overly obvious. It gets better as the plot progresses, but the plot is pretty weak, predictable, and boring. I felt like it was in great need of plot twists and funny situations, instead of just ironically "funny" narration. Now, don't get me wrong, some of the whimsy was hilarious. The character's names were clever an ...more
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This author is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects: living with a deaf parent (Of Sound Mind), facing the consequences of a criminal act (Bad), or questioning one's sexuality (Eight Seconds). But Jean Ferris is also adept at writing comedy, historical fiction, and romance. What's most interesting is that she didn't publish her first novel until she was in her mid-40s. Yet she's never forgotten ...more
“Horatio leaned toward her, "What is the secret of joy?"
Mousey thought for a moment. "Doing what you like best."
Of course. How simple. And how true.”
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