The Resource The collectors, Jacqueline West

The collectors, Jacqueline West

Label
The collectors
Title
The collectors
Statement of responsibility
Jacqueline West
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Van has always been an outsider. Most people don't notice him. But he notices them. And he notices the small trinkets they drop, or lose, or throw away--that's why his collection is full of treasures. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground world full of wishes and the people who collect them. Apparently not all wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended consequences--and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren't the only ones who have their eyes on the world's wishes--and they may not be the good guys, after all
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 From the author of The Books of Elsewhere series comes a story about the power of wishes. While waiting for his mom, Van finds a discarded toy and witnesses a girl talk to a squirrel and take coins from a fountain. When he spots the girl again, he follows her into the hidden world of the Collectors, who gather people's wishes. Then he meets Mr. Falborg, who reveals that an entire species is at risk and that the Collectors may be responsible. West captures Van's curiosity and wonder for life, giving his personality an air of innocence. While Van struggles with his hearing, his ability to truly listen takes on magical qualities as he's able to hear the wish-collecting creatures. He finds himself torn between two sides, so he has to learn how to trust himself, discover his bravery, and follow his heart. Aside from magical problems, he also deals with frequent moves, thanks to his opera-singing mom. A brilliant fantasy adventure exploring the consequences of getting what you wish for. -- Elizabeth Konkel (Reviewed 8/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 22, p88)
  • With an opera singer mother who performs around the world, 11-year-old Van Markson is used to being a new kid, and his taste in books and movies, along with “a tiny blue hearing aid behind each ear,” sometimes set him apart at school. Van is also good at noticing things that other people overlook, and when he spots a girl, accompanied by an “almost silver, very bushy-tailed” squirrel, plunging face-first into a fountain, a series of events draw Van into a magical underground world where he is caught in the middle of a secret war. West (the Books of Elsewhere series) has created a captivating mythology around wishes, including cuddly-turned-dangerous Wish Eaters (not unlike gremlins) as well as thoughtful explorations of power and the unexpected, sometimes negative, consequences of good intentions. Van’s realization that his skill of noticing is a valuable strength, especially when hearing challenges feel to him like a shortcoming, is a gentle, triumphant reminder that being different doesn’t correspond to weakness. First in a planned duology, West’s magical adventure offers humor and warmhearted adventure. Ages 8–12. Agent: Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/17/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 28, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10734264
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1979-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
West, Jacqueline
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Collectors (Jacqueline West)
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wishes
  • Magic
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Hearing impaired
  • People with disabilities
  • Wishes
  • Magic
  • Collectors and collecting
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
  • Wishes
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The collectors, Jacqueline West
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1019638981
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9780062691699
Lccn
2018027798
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1019638981
Label
The collectors, Jacqueline West
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1019638981
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9780062691699
Lccn
2018027798
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1019638981

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