The Blue Umbrella Reviewed

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Book Description: The life of ten-year-old Zac Sparks changes overnight when his mother is killed by lightning. He's sent to live in Five Corners with his Aunties, two cruel old hags who obviously don't like him. It isn't long before Zac knows something really strange is going on. Five Corners is populated with weird characters—a midget butler, a girl who doesn't speak, a blind balloon seller, and a mysterious singer who is heard but not seen. Then there's the Aunties' father, Dada. Zac's first encounter with Dada is so terrifying he faints dead away.
The one bright spot is Sky Porter, the proprietor of the general store across the street, a friendly soul who encourages Zac—when the Aunties aren't looking—and shows him a kindness that is sadly lacking from his dismal life. But Sky isn't what he seems either, and when Zac learns Sky's amazing secret he realizes, to his dismay, that this wonderful man may have a very dark side as well.
Discovering that Dada is an evil magician who has found a way to live forever, Zac knows many lives are at stake, including his own. With time running out, he must turn to the one person who might be able to help: Sky Porter. Can Zac trust him?
My 16 yr old daughter's thoughts: For a change I gave this book to my 16 year old daughter to read. She's been absorbed in Twilight and I thought she needed a change of pace and I thought she would enjoy this. Her thoughts on this book is . . . WOW! What a great book! It has a lot of imagination! It is very different. Anyone could enjoy this. What I noticed as her mom, was she wasn't very far in the book and she was on the phone with her best friend Courtney who is also a Twilight fan telling her she has to get this book! What a great endorsement.
Thanks to Audra at the B&B Media group for the copy of this book for review. I was not paid for my review.


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