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by Aaron Starmer

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Aaron Starmer
Growing Up & Facts of Life
Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2011)
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ALSO BY AARON STARMER DWEEB This is a work of fiction. On one hand, George was the only person in the world he could trust, and Martin wanted to express how worried he was about his father.

ALSO BY AARON STARMER DWEEB This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. On the other, he couldn’t betray his father’s wishes. The more he thought about it, the more he began to believe that carrying on had nothing to do with surviving. It was all about the machine. And no one else was ever supposed to know about the machine. So he pretended that nothing had changed.

Random House Children's Books, 13 сент. The Only Ones certainly has that. Call it coincidence, call it fate. This is the place you come. There is a good idea, a situation that baffles everyone, and signals that anything and. AARON STARMER earned his bachelor's degree in English from Drew University and his master's degree in cinema studies from New York University. He received an entirely different kind of education working for 10 years as an expert in travel literature and a specialist in African safaris. His first novel was the comic children's adventure Dweeb.

I saw this book-The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer, in the MG section. The cover looks cool

I saw this book-The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer, in the MG section. The cover looks cool. The synopsis sounds cool. He does enjoy thoughtful books where Stuff Happens but where the Stuff actually Means Something (he also loves Shaun Tan, for example), which is why the description seems particularly apt for him. And, it's really hard for me to find boy books that he hasn't read yet and that don't feel too simple to him.

We’re still talking about intergalactic travel, right? Or is it swing sets?. You can joke if you want. I’m simply telling you what needs to happen. quick wit is a girl who gets things done. Nothing to worry your furry little heads about. So tell me. Is this the guy right here?. Who bit the doctor? Poisoned my B?. It i. .Relay a message for me. He’s a real snake.

Aaron Starmer's book is wonderfully written and imaginative. The characters are well-developed and three dimensional, each with their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Each of them felt "real.

Only 13 left in stock (more on the way). Aaron Starmer's book is wonderfully written and imaginative.

The cleverness, originality and imagination of Aaron Starmer staggers me. The Only Ones might be odd. It might be hard to completely process it all.

ISBN13:9780385740449. Release Date:September 2012. Publisher:Random House Children's Books.

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Call it coincidence, call it fate. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading. This is the entire world. These words welcome Martin Maple to the village of Xibalba. Like the other children who've journeyed there, he faces an awful truth. When families and friends all disappeared one afternoon, these were the only ones left behind.

"Call it coincidence, call it fate. This is the place you come. There's nowhere else. There's no one else. This is the entire world."
  • Dilkree
In trying to convey what this book is about, without giving too much away, because it's a book that really doesn't want to spoiled, I came up with the following comparison--it's kind of like Life As We Knew It (a disaster has struck that leaves buildings standing empty and cars crashed on the roads and canned goods free for the taking) meets Lord of the Flies (children surviving on their own without any grown-ups around, and things not working out terribly well), only with a science fiction underpinning (see that machine on the cover? that's science fiction), and for younger readers (ie, it's much less horribly harrowing than Lord of the Flies, and many characters are appealing, so it's maybe not too good a comparison, although bad things do happen).

In any event, I found it utterly fascinating, in large part because I had no idea what to expect. I hadn't even read the blurb on the back, and I vaguely thought the machine might be a space ship of some sort. The unravelling of the mystery that's at the heart of the book is most definitely best approached with no foreknowledge.

It's the best sort of upper middle grade book--ie, great for an eleven year old child, and for the mg reading grown-up. The characters are at the stage of beginning to think about luv, but not quite doing anything about it yet. Difficult, sad, disturbing things happen, but not so much so as to make this too dark.
  • Thomeena
Aaron Starmer's book is wonderfully written and imaginative. The characters are well-developed and three dimensional, each with their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Each of them felt "real."

The plot itself is also compelling. There are so many post-apocalyptic books out there that it's hard for them to be original, but this story was truly creative. One of my absolute favorite aspects of the novel was how Felix rebuilt the Internet using strings and wood. I loved how this story doesn't fit into any one box comfortably -- it has elements of science fiction, magic, apocalyptic fiction and realism, all wrapped up into an engaging middle-grade novel.

Well done!
  • Tygokasa
This book lost my interest toward the end, but it wasn't bad. It would be really great for a junior high english class, but it's a little slow for recreational adult reading.
  • Dream
Over a year after reading it, I still sometimes find myself thinking about this book. The plot could have been a classic episode of the Twilight Zone. I wish this book had garnered more accolades and attention. It deserves it! There is a lot to think about here, about isolation and community, risk and reward, and blind commitment to a goal.
  • anneli
This is a great book for both young adults and adults. I enjoyed reading it as much as my 11 year old son :) If you like The Maze Runner series, you will love The Only Ones. It quickly grabs your attention and keeps it all the way to the unpredictable ending. We plan on giving a copy to my son's school library so others can enjoy it as much as we did. I highly recommend this book!
  • Ttexav
On my son's summer reading list, but wonderful for adults as well. A little Lord of the Flies, a little Twilight Zone, and a lot of Ray Bradbury.
  • Still In Mind
I got an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher. I loved the synopsis of the book and was excited to read it. It was an excellent middle grade post-apocalyptic read full of mystery.

Martin Maple lives with his dad on a small island. Him and his dad work on building a machine when it is not summer; when it is summer they deal with the various tourists that show up. That is until one day Martin's dad sails away and is never seen again...and the tourists stop coming. After living a couple of years all by himself on the island Martin decides to go inland where he finds an abandoned earth and the town of Xibalba. Xibalba is run by a bunch of pre-teen kids. All the kids are exceptionally good at something and none of them really miss the rest of humanity. It will be up to Martin to point them towards a higher cause and to help them discover what really happened on Earth and what if it could be fixed?

This was a wonderful book. At first you don't even know it is about the world ending as we know it. Martin is so secluded he doesn't know the difference between humanity being there and not being there. It's an interesting concept and well done in this book.

The town of Xibalba is also an interesting concept. The idea of only children (pre-teens) being left to run things isn't a new one. But the idea that each child left behind is a genius in one particular area is interesting. Add to this the fact that each of the children is interested in their special area so exclusively that a lack of a world and other humans doesn't affect them all that much and the story is even more interesting.

I loved some of the mystery of the history of Xibalba and how Martin had to hunt deeply to piece together all the little clues that he was finding. This story is more of a mystery than anything else. There is some magic and some science fiction, but that takes a back seat to the mystery itself.

The book was very engaging and well written. The mystery behind what happened to Earth really propels the story forward.

Even though I enjoyed that story a lot, there were a few things that I had some issues with as well. First of all Martin lived on the island for over a year all by himself? How did he get food and fresh water? It was something that was glossed over for Martin, but then when you get to Xibalba this issue is dealt with in detail. I would have liked at least a passing comment on how Martin survived all that time. Secondly the characters are never all that engaging; they are okay and some of them are interesting but I never really felt all that involved with them or drawn to them.

The final issue is the ending of the book. When everything is explained about what happened to Earth and how it will be fixed, well, it was kind of confusing and convoluted. I kind of understood what happened, but I had some trouble really picturing it and wished that it had been explained with more clarity.

The book ended well and seems very contained. I would be interested in reading more about Martin, but given the ending I doubt there will be more stories featuring him.

Overall a very good middle grade read. There is a little magic and a little science fiction here, but at its heart this story is a mystery and a very good one. The idea of a town run by children geniuses is intriguing and interesting. The book was generally well-written and engaging. I had some trouble with the inconsistencies around survival issues and none of the characters really captured my heart, but overall it's a great read. This would be a wonderful read to introduce kids to the idea of post-apocalyptic fiction in a way that is subtle and not too scary. Fans of well written mysteries with a little magic and sci-fi should look here. Fans of post-apocalyptic fiction with a more subtle touch to it and a lot of mystery should also give this book a read.