Item description for Notes from a Spinning Planet--Ireland (Notes from a Spinning Planet) by Melody Carlson...
Overview Traveling in Ireland with her journalist aunt and the charming Ryan, her aunt's godson, nineteen-year-old Maddie unearths the secret behind an Irish Republican Army bombing decades earlier, and the impact it has had on Ryan's and Aunt Sid's lives.
Publishers Description "It's pretty humiliating to admit, but I've never flown in a plane before today. So wouldn't you think that I'd be feeling pretty jazzed right now? Instead I keep grabbing onto these armrests as I ask myself why on earth I ever agreed to come on this frightening trip.... " Affectionately teased as a "country bumpkin," nineteen year-old Maddie has never been one to explore new territory. Her first trip outside of the country with her Aunt Sid and Sid's godson, Ryan, promises an exhilarating adventure. Northern Ireland is more captivating than she even imagined-and Ryan is offering plenty of intrigue himself. As Aunt Sid researches peace camps, Maddie and Ryan explore Ireland's rich landscape. During the journey, Maddie begins to discover more about what she wants from life, while developing a deeper friendship with her irresistible traveling companion. When Maddie and Ryan dig for the truth about the IRA car bomb that killed Ryan's father years ago, questions about the past accumulate. Unable to let go of growing suspicions in this mysterious country, Maddie finds herself on a dangerous journey, a journey that will lead her to the greatest discovery of all.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Nov 7, 2006
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Notes From A Spinning Planet
Series Number 1
ISBN 1400071445 ISBN13 9781400071449
Availability 0 units.
More About Melody Carlson
I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to say...it's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Notes from a Spinning Planet--Ireland (Notes from a Spinning Planet)?
Have Fun Exploring Ireland Feb 24, 2007
I picked up this book because of my love of all things Irish. I really appreciate the insider look at traveling the Emerald Isle. It's a light read, perfect for the age it's targeted for. I didn't find the book too suspenseful--it was easy for me to see where it was headed--but it was well written and fun. I had a hard time believing Carlson was not 19; she nailed the young person's thoughts and mannerisms, I thought.
One thing that got old as I was reading was Maddie's annoyance with people drinking Guinness in Irish pubs. The lesson was, I think, that it's not a bad thing if not done in excess. But I got the point after the first couple of pubs. It got old after that. Also, I would have liked more exploration into the Catholic-Protestant conflict, but then again, this is a book for kids, so the light touch on that was probably enough.
Still, it's a good book for young people and a good look for anyone who wants to have a glimpse at Ireland today.
Cindy Thomson, author of Brigid of Ireland
Great Reading Nov 27, 2006
I really enjoyed this book. Being Irish, I enjoyed the rich descriptions, and could hear the thick Irish accents of the characters. My only disappointment was the ending where the boy and girl didn't have that one special kiss. However, I see where this is a series and I look forward to reading of the next adventure!
fine coming of age story Nov 10, 2006
Madison Chase spent her first nineteen years of life on a farm so she is naïve about the world. Thus when her Aunt Sid, a reporter investigating Catholic-Protestant peace camps, invites her to tour Ireland with her, she accepts with trepidation that her lack of sophistication will show especially to her worship exciting relative.
On the trek, the godson of her aunt Ryan McIntire accompanies them. Melody is attracted to him from the start especially romanticizing his family's deep involvement with the IRA. However, as Madison places her aunt and Ryan on a pedestal, she begins to see cracks in their armor though her adulation could prove dangerous for one and all when she follows in Sid's footsteps by investigating what happened four years ago when a bomb killed Ryan's dad because someone wants the truth to remain buried.
Fans will believe that they are accompanying Aunt Sid on her trek through Ireland as Melody Carson paints a vivid background that has the senses activated. The story targets a young adult audience, but all readers will appreciate this coming of age story as the young heroine begins to see the flaws in her aunt and Ryan, but humanizing them makes her love for them so much more. The intrigue involving the death of Ryan's dad augments a novel from a spinning planet - Ireland.