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by Theo Baker,Lin Oliver

ePub Sound Bender download
Theo Baker,Lin Oliver
Scholastic Press (August 11, 2015)
Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Home Lin Oliver Series: Sound Bender. A series by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker.

Home Lin Oliver Series: Sound Bender. 1. Sound Bender (2011) 2. The Shadow Mask (2013).

Lin Oliver (Author), Theo Baker (Author). Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Book 2 of 2 in the Sound Bender Series.

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Although it has an interesting coming-of-age premise, this book is often confusing, with too many undeveloped threads and promising characters who rarely come to life. Leo’s first-person narration too often tells instead of shows ("It wasn't surprising with everything that I'd been through lately, but I couldn't believe I forgot my own birthday"), which contributes to the overall flatness of the story.

A roaring, supernatural adventure that spans New York, and the globe! Life has gotten hard for thirteen-year-old Leo Lomax.

By Lin Oliver, Theo Baker. Sound bender keeps you off of your chair every second of the book. Through the action, and mystery two brothers go through an adventure no average kid would be able to keep their head up. 0. Reply. choco1234Friday, May 24, 2019 at 1:58 pm11 star. Sorry not into this book.

A roaring, supernatural adventure that spans New York, and the globe!Life has gotten hard for thirteen-year-old Leo Lomax. His parents are gone, given up for dead after their plane crashes in Antarctica. He and his brother, Hollis, are sent to live with their sinister uncle Crane, a dealer of rare (and possibly smuggled) antiques. Here in Crane's bleak Brooklyn warehouse, Leo receives a mysterious package his father put together long ago --- a package that introduces him to a power he never knew he had.Leo is a sound bender. Everything he touches speaks to him from the past, whispers its secrets, pulls him relentlessly into its world. Stumbling upon a mysterious and haunting object in Crane's warehouse, he is drawn into a vortex of adventure that has everything to do with his destiny.From the depths of industrial Brooklyn to the wilds of the Pacific tropics, Leo Lomax is set on a journey of great consequence and risk. And it's only his newfound power that can provide answers to the life-and-death questions Leo is forced to ask.
  • After reading a good review I thought I'd try it, but aside from the basic premise and some interesting settings, I found it trite and ill-organized. Part SciFi, part fantasy, and part adventure . . . but I cannot abide being lectured about someone's worldview as opposed to it being carefully woven into the story itself. After the set-up, in the end, I was disappointed and let down.

  • This was a great book, although I was waiting for it take off more. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys middle grade books.

  • At the suggestion of a friend's 12 year old son, I read this book, not realizing how much I would enjoy it myself! The characters are engaging, the idea so original and the plot thoroughly compelling. I'm hoping it's the beginning of a "Sound Bender" series. It seems a great platform for so many fantastic adventures. I unhesitatingly recommend this to anyone looking for an imaginative, fun, well-written read for their young adult reader.

  • Please understand that all my reviews focus on the interests of my middle school students. I never do a full plot synopsis in a review and try to give as little away as possible.

    This is not the sort of book I normally like, nor one that I normally would predict will be very popular with my students (I bought it this summer; my kids will have to wait until school starts to check it out of my in-class library). But, I loved it and I know a lot my kids will as well.

    The basic premise of the novel is that the main character (Leo, 13) and his little brother (Hollis, 11) have just lost their parents in a plane crash. They have gone to live with their very cold and rich step-uncle, Crane. Leo gets a letter his dad wrote for him on his first birthday, but posted that it was not to be delivered until his 13th birthday, which just occurred. With the letter and with help from his brilliant African-American friend, Trevor, Leo discovers he is Sound Bender. Not a Sound Bender; it is his name as well as his talent. He can hear events connected with objects he touches (kind of like Charlie Bone and photographs). And he learns there are people who are in terrible pain and sadness that need his help. It turns out the people are dolphins, and the book records his efforts to help them. Along the way, he picks up some intriguing allies in addition to Trevor and makes an enemy of his step-uncle.

    I can't really tell you why I liked the book so much, because I don't know myself, exactly. I usually like a lot of action, a bit of danger for the main characters, and a clear goal for the hero. The book has some action and a little danger, especially if the uncle turns out to be really evil. It has a "kind-of" goal, but even Leo doesn't know what it actually is until the very end, and I was very confused as to how it was met. So why did I like it so very much?

    One definite reason is that music is very important to the plot, and music is one of my passions. Maybe it's also because I was actually tingling as I finished the book. Maybe it is that I know what is like to be so suddenly close to your brothers when your dad dies of a heart attack that was as surprising and final as the plane crash; I can't even imagine what it would be like to lose both mom and dad. It might be because Oliver and Baker exactly nail the voice of a smart 13 year old boy; the narration is dead on what I'd expect from one of the boys from my Honors classes, or even my regular classes. It could be the incredible character development of Leo; I really felt like I knew him and I certainly know a lot of boys that are like him because they are in my classes every day. Or maybe it is the touching but awkward strength of the friendship between Leo and Trevor that especially manifests itself when they face adversity together. Finally, I think it is also the fact that the authors get kids; not just voice, but the little things like reactions to adult behavior, clothes, the different types of physical contact, etc.

    In the end, it is probably that I feel very sure this book is setting up the series, which will have all the other things I love in books. I recommend this book as much for adults as kids. One caveat: if you lost a parent yourself, be prepared to feel some of that old pain that never seems to completely go away. It's NOT an intentional tear jerker, but you will empathize with Leo and Hollis.

  • I'm always glad to discover a book for boys about boys, although the `green' theme in this novel should make it attractive to girls as well. The setup for the novel finds 13-year-old Leo and his 10-year-old brother, Hollis orphaned when their parents die in a plane crash. Their totally rich uncle Crane takes them to live with him in a kid's dream palace in a warehouse. When Leo starts hearing sounds that no one else hears, it launches him on an unpredictable adventure with his two best friends.

    I like the character mix. The protagonist, Leo, is smart, resourceful, perseverant and he sincerely cares for his younger brother. Leo's friend, Trevor, is super smart--good to have with you on an adventure. Leo's mentor, Jeremy, is reliable--a solid father figure and he's into music.

    Leo's paranormal phenomena are clever and intriguing. That caught my interest at the outset of the story and maintained it to the end. Also, the pace of the adventure and Leo's sense of urgency keeps the tension on from the start. However, the story lacks a level of excitement and I think that's because Leo doesn't have much at stake. He's never in any real danger.

    The descriptions are clear and build good mental images. The authors use interesting and apt figurative language. The edited book is professional and squeaky clean--what else would you expect from Scholastic Press?

    Although the plot and actions are kid-like, I thought the narration and internal dialogue sounded too mature for thirteen, more like sixteen or older. Pre-teens might bog down with this diction, although kids do like to read up.