|Longest night of Charlie Noon|
Author: Edge, Christopher
As time plays tricks and night falls without warning, Johnny, Dizzy, and Charlie, who are lost in the woods, must elude the danger that lurks in shadows and work together to find a way out. Includes note about the science behind the story.
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Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/20)
School Library Journal (+) (08/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/20)
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Once upon a time, three children got lost in the woods. Except this story isn't a fairy tale, and time is the problem. Charlie and Dizzy are on an adventure to find the spy who leaves messages in the woods. Johnny is there to bully Charlie and Dizzy. They quickly discover that the ciphers are not the only mysteries. Straight paths lead in circles, the sun sets hours before it should, and the stars appear in the wrong places. The adventure turns into a nightmare where time follows its own rules. The author explains on the first page that "once upon a time" does not exist. The reader may think he's just being clever, but it is in that framework that the rest of the story twists and turns. The mystery gets more intense as the children venture deeper into the forest. Violent storms, disappearing bridges, and visions of the future add to their confusion. There is no anticipating what will come next. Once the action starts, it accelerates until the very end. VERDICT Readers will find it difficult to put down this imaginative book. Highly recommended.—Julie Overpeck, Gardner Park Elem. Sch., Gastonia, NC - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.