Author: Noel, Alyson
Quiver Hollows is a town where abnormal is normal and oddness is welcome so when it starts to function as any normal town, citizens blame average, ordinary Grimsly, so he recruits his friends to uncover what's causing the unwelcome change in order to reverse it.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 194281
Kirkus Reviews (-) (08/01/17)
School Library Journal (08/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/11/17)
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 3–5—When Grimsly Summerfield fails Quiver Hollows's spoon-bending exam, he isn't surprised. He is the only normal person in town and he hates it. He wants to be abnormal just like everyone else. Grimsly doesn't know why he is different but the other kids don't seem to care. However, when Quiver Hollows' waterfall starts to only move downwards and Mr. Sweetcraft's candies from his store no longer do magical tricks, the townspeople quickly turn on Grimsly, thinking it's his fault. He escapes in order to find the answers to save Quiver Hollows. The wordy and repetitive play-by-play of Grimsly's thoughts might overwhelm readers and make it harder to keep track of the story line, which is also peppered with all-too-convenient magical flashbacks that establish backstory. Many of the details of the setting serve more as fanciful entertainment than as a means of advancing the plot or characterization. The protagonist stumbles upon lucky sidekicks and plot devices to become the hero in the end. VERDICT More flash than substance; an additional purchase for large collections where magical fantasy flies off the shelves.—Rachel Reinwald, Lake Villa District Library, IL - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/15/2017 Quiver Hollows is a world in which the unique and the unusual are prized and the normal is very strange. Orphaned Grimsly is the most ordinary resident, his only claim to fame being that he’s the director of a pet funeral home. When Grimsly becomes the first to fail the annual sixth-grade spoon-bending test, everyone begins to notice normal things happening to the town—and they blame Grimsly. Unbeknownst to him, the act of taking over the graveyard made him the new Keeper of the Bones. Turns out, the animal bones are what give the town its magic. Now someone from the Outside—someone connected to Grimsly’s past—has stolen those bones. Grimsly will have to find the man responsible, uncover his own past, and realize that maybe he isn’t as normal and boring as he’s been led to believe. Noël has created a magical world full of young kids with special abilities that evokes the atmosphere of the early Harry Potter books. Fans of fantasies and quirky characters will love this offering. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.