Item description for Boomtown: Chang's Famous Fireworks by Nowen N. Particular...
Overview Imagine a place where everyone's favorite thing to do is blow stuff up . . . that's Boomtown.
This is a humerous mystery and adventure story that kids (especially boys) will love to read! Boomtown is the home of Chang's Famous Fireworks factory, the Slush Olympics, the "Fighting Slugs" football team, rocket reindeer, and flying barber chairs. Boomtown is a humorous tall tale about a fictional town and its odd residents, written to capture the attention and inspire the imagination of intermediate readers. It's a fun read. However, underneath the humorous veneer, Boomtown asks and answers the question, "What does a healthy community look like?" The main characters struggle as they learn to trust their neighbors.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Number 1
ISBN 1400313457 ISBN13 9781400313457
Reviews - What do customers think about Boomtown: Chang's Famous Fireworks?
Boomtown Reveiw Feb 20, 2009
Boomtown: This book sort of reminded me of Charley and the Chocolate factory. It was kind of quirky that way. As an adult, I had a hard time sticking with this book. As an adult female I should say. My 12 year old started to read the book. He has to be coaxed into reading. Although he hasn't finished the book, what he had read, he seems to enjoy at this point.
I felt the story was a little choppy...seemed to not flow well through out the book. I think a young boy would find the humor in this book.
This is a Christian author. There isn't much Christianity taught through out the book, however the father is a pastor.
Boomtown is a qwarky little place for the Buttons to live...They have interesting things happening to them, even before they got the Boomtown. Things keep going haywire..there are many celebrations that involve fireworks at every turn.
As I stated above, I think young boys will enjoy this book. I generally enjoy other types of books. But if you are looking for something for a young boy, with a great imagination, and clean writing, then this is the book.
My son, age 13, devoured this book! Jan 31, 2009
I bought this book at a Christian bookstore because I am concerned about the content my 13 year old boy, Peter, is exposed to. I was so glad that he really liked the book and am sorry there is not another one out yet written by the same author. I would highly recommend this as a safe and entertaining book for your early adolescent!
Boomtown: Neither Boom nor Bust Jan 28, 2009
Boomtown is a fun story, overall. Zany and goofy characters and plot twists abound, and in general I like that in a book. It may be a tad too colorful and crazy, but I can forgive that. Clearly, the author was influenced in some respects by one of my favorite children's books, the Twenty-One Balloons.
In spite of these positives, it's supposed to be a story for tween readers, and I am struggling to see how they will connect with a story told by a forty-something minister narrator. He was hard for ME to relate to. In general, he seemed weak and ineffective as a father, and not especially pastoral. Actually, the church/pastor angle bothered me quite a bit, I would have rather him have another profession than have the church seem to be just another civic organization or gathering as it appeared in this book.
The main mystery of the story is overshadowed by descriptions of the town (and its peculiarities.) Developing that part more, particularly the involvement of one of the characters, would have added a great deal to the story.
Boomtown is clean and fun. If some of the plots of the novels aimed at this age group are of concern to a parent, this book might be enjoyed by child and appreciated by grown-ups for its lack of questionable content (other than pyromania.) I wish I could give it a more glowing review.
Just too much to believe Jan 28, 2009
As a former ninth-grade English teacher, I was curious about this work of juvenile fiction. Non-Christian YA literature can be dark and raw, as it handles the problems of adolescence. I wondered how this Christian YA literature would compare. Dark it is not. It shines with fun and energy. There are conflicts, of course, but nothing that forgiveness and trust won't solve. Perhaps the author chose this cheerful tone because the tale is set in the proverbially happy post-World War II period. Perhaps I am too cynical, but eventually the lack of plausible problems soured me on the story.
Boomtown, Book One is stuffed full of ideas that are supposed to be cool and motivating. I get the impression this book is trying to be the next Harry Potter, albeit a benign, Christian one: adolescents running around without adults, gleeful special effects, and of course plenty of explosions. It should work, right? The author's imagination and humor don't give out, but I kind of wished he would settle down and tell a story I cared about - and I have a feeling the teens I've known would wish for the same thing.
The tale's greatest asset is the many graphics illustrating the story. They are genuinely enjoyable and obviously a labor of love. Overall, however, I was disappointed. Meanwhile, I keep waiting for some truly creative, dynamic, well-crafted Christian fiction.
BOOMTOWN by Nowen N. Particular Jan 20, 2009
BOOMTOWN by Nowen N. Particular
Quick synopsis: A pastor and his family move to a new town and become acclimated with the community. Boomtown is filled with lots of diverse people who all seem to get along in spite of their differences - and they love fireworks. The pastor is pushed out of his comfort zone as he gets to know his new community.
Things I liked about this book: - It had a really fun and engaging story line with lots of interesting characters and entertaining events - It had a good emphasis on getting along with people who are not like you and learning to appreciate one another's differences
Things I didn't like about this book: - The father was consistently a poor leader of his family. His children were disobedient and disrespectful throughout the entire book without consequence. He frequently "caved" into doing what his kids wanted to do and was portrayed as being very out of touch. - While unity was a big theme, there was no genuine Christian unity displayed. What people thought about God seemed to be pretty irrelevant. - The teaching about the church was really unclear at best. The church wasn't distinct at all - it functioned similarly to a school or a library, as just another institution to serve the community at large. - There was a real lack of any sort of justice - or even pursuing worthy goals. If people did something wrong, or failed in some way, it was overlooked, and usually even celebrated.
My overall thoughts: I would not recommend this book. While it's a fun story, you'd get more edifying teaching from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in my opinion. I think that at best, this book shows that disobeying parents is okay. Even worse, it paints a false picture of Christian unity and confuses the importance of the church. In a town where it doesn't really matter what you think or do, there isn't a basis for truth, justice, forgiveness, or reconciliation - and hence, while it seeks to paint a beautiful picture of unity, it really leaves out the gospel.