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The Island of Dr. Libris DGS Edition
Contributor(s): Grabenstein, Chris
ISBN: 0385388454     ISBN-13: 9780385388450
Publisher: Yearling Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2016
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Annotation: Spending a summer at a lakeside cabin belonging to the mysterious Dr. Libris, Billy is astonished when he hears sounds of adventures in progress whenever he opens one of Dr. Libris' books. By the best-selling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Inventions; Fiction.
Characters in literature; Fiction.
Books and reading; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016013605
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.40 lbs) 242 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 173875
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
Twelve-year-old Billy and his mom rent a summer cottage from the mysterious Dr. Libris, who is sneakily conducting experiments on Billy's imagination. Billy can read characters to life--Hercules, Robin Hood, the Three Musketeers--creating fiction-fueled adventures with his friend, Walter. Dr. Libris's lab notes are interspersed with humorous, quick-paced, action-packed chapters. A list of books mentioned is appended.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 January #1)

Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library) delivers a science-based variation on the theme of fictional characters being brought to life. When Billy's mathematician mother, who has been studying the concept of parallel universes, explains to him that "Some people refuse to accept the limits given to them by others," the 12-year-old doesn't give the statement another thought—until he discovers he can make impossible things happen through the power of his imagination, combined with reading. With his parents headed toward a likely divorce, Billy is spending a "boring" summer with his mother in a rental cottage, but a foray into the library of the absent owner, Dr. Libris, leads Billy to an island where fictional characters appear. Grabenstein mixes up a melange of characters from the books Billy (and eventually two neighbor children) reads, with Hercules, Robin Hood, the Three Musketeers, Tom Sawyer, and even Pollyanna coming together in dangerous escapades. While the adventures are not especially suspenseful, the story moves at a quick pace and has a good-natured tone that makes for a light but satisfying read. Ages 8–12. Agent: Eric Myers, Spieler Agency. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 January)

Gr 4–7—Billy is not thrilled to be spending the summer in a cabin on a lake in the middle of nowhere. His mom and dad aren't together, and he's worried this change may be permanent. Their cabin is owned by Dr. Libris, who also owns the mysterious island in the lake. With a lack of technology, and bullies as neighbors, Billy resorts to searching for a key to open the bookcase in Dr. Libris' study. What he unlocks brings classic books to life—when he reads the books, he hears the action somehow occurring on the island. Curious, he ventures out to the island to explore and discovers the unbelievable—somehow the stories he is reading are actually happening. When he meets Hercules, Zeus, Robin Hood, Tom Sawyer, and others, he becomes embroiled in their adventures and unwittingly causes the storylines to collide. When Billy brings his neighbors, Walter, and Walter's sister, out to the island, they all face treacherous foes including the giant from Jack in the Beanstalk and a space lizard from Walter's comic book. Billy is left trying to figure out whether Dr. Libris is behind everything, whether his own mind may be the culprit, and whether or not he can use the island to help save his parents' marriage. While the plot is unique, the story feels too far-fetched to be believable, and lacks the magic of Grabenstein's Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Random, 2013).—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

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