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Thursday, August 4, 2011

review: skipping stones at the center of the earth by Andy Hueller

Happiness will not pass you by when you're skipping. - Jessi Lane Adams

Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth
five year old Calvin Comet Cobble is transferred to Hidden Shores Orphanage. for the next seven years, Calvin's daily existence is routine - escaping the Principal's wrath, eating the worst cafeteria food, attending classes and being bullied. early one morning, his life starts to get interesting when he discovers the groundskeeper skipping stones across Lake Arctic. before embarking on an amazing journey to the center of the earth, i oblige you fellow readers to suspend your disbelief and to heed the writer's advice that "all will be set straight in good time." aside from Calvin's point of view, other voices and stories speak across different time periods which may or may not be confusing to some but then each one matters and always remember that as you read "all will be set straight in good time."  
Calvin, the protagonist, is a very endearing character. he does everything he can in order not to be noticed like the other kids but his untamed and flaming red hair always gets in the way. he is a good person at heart but the world seems to be against him for some reason so much so that his mantra for such a young age is "it was out of his control." how can one not help but feel strongly for this lonely little guy.  
the teachers at the Orphanage are a colorful group of individuals with strange and funny idiosyncracies. the cooks, the Principal, Mr. E and some of Calvin's peers are wonderfully fleshed out as well. even the worldbuilding was fantastic!  
Calvin's story is more than just an incredible foray deep into the earth's mantle. it is a boy's adventure in his search for love, identity, understanding and a place in this world. moreover, it is about growing up and taking a stand.  
i love everything about this book. author Andy Hueller has truly written an extraordinary story that middle grade readers and adults will both enjoy. this book was fun to read and is a keeper for me! 

*Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth will be available on August 8, 2011 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Cedar Fort.

my personal rating is:

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received an eARC of Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth from Cedar Fort through NetGalley.com i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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