Thursday, April 28, 2011

Between Two Ends by David Ward

Between Two Ends
     Imagine finding a pirate bookend that's been buried in the dirt for twenty years and reuniting it with it's partner.  At once the bookends come alive and like genies, grant you a wish.  That's exactly what happens to Yeats, a 12 year-old boy in David Ward's Between Two Ends.  The pirates transport Yeats into The Arabian Nights to rescue Shari, his father's friend, left in the story twenty years before. Shari thinks she is Shaharazad. Yeats needs to convice her she's really Shari and make her wish to return home.  There is more on the line for Yeats than just rescuing Shari and he is determinded not to die in the story.
  The pacing of this book is one that will keep readers interested.  The pirates are quite funny and entertaining.  While the other adults have minor roles it is admirable to see how much Yeats loves his family and is willing to risk his life to help them. 
     David Ward has written a tale filled with adventure, fantasy and mystery and Between Two Ends will appeal to a wide audience.  Readers who enjoyed Inkheart, The Magic Tree House or The Time Warp Trio series will enjoy this one too as will fans of adventure.  While it is a stand alone book Ward has left open the possibility for a sequel.  Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Abrams Books via Netgalley.  It will be published May 1, 2011.

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