Item description for Toaster Pond by Peter De Witt...
What if your small town was more than it seemed? What if something you thought was a gift was starting to look like a curse? Doug Manion, newly thirteen, has been hearing voices: at best, they help him catch unsuspecting opponents in the increasingly competitive games of hide-and-seek he and his friends play; at their worst---and strangest---they let him overhear his parents' plans to send him to boarding school. These plans have to wait, however, when Doug and two friends take a fateful dip in Toaster Pond and end up in a parallel world. Surfacing in a town called Sangerfield, they are no longer just boys playing games; they are the best hope of Lord Eisenhut to find the Gem of Gicalma, a powerful stone that will protect Sanger Castle from the attacks of Ludicrous Zwevil. Doug and his friends must win this game of hide-and-seek---for this time they are playing for their lives.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2006
Publisher Dna Press
ISBN 1933255218 ISBN13 9781933255217
Reviews - What do customers think about Toaster Pond?
wondrous adventure for children Apr 20, 2007
[...] Toaster Pond is a wondrous adventure for children. The setting is a place called Waterville. In Waterville during the summer the teens are ready for their championship game of Hide and Seek. But this is not your normal regular game.
The story will captivate your child's imagination. You can discover within the pages six toed fairies, as well as a wealth of different characters. The stories main characters include Doug, Skip, and Pierce, and they are on the Hide and Seek team termed the best team. Peter de Witt transports the game to a magical place of Sangerfiled, here the main characters must put their expert skills into action. Will they be able to save Sanger Castle? To find out you will need to pick up a copy of this great adventurous tale, you will not be disappointed.
Toaster Pond is a quick compact read, once your child has started they will not be able to put this one down. This is Peter de Witt's debut and is an excellent creation and there will be a high demand for more. This is one enchanting and magical read that the entire family will want to read. This title will win the parents approval, and will be captivating families for generations to come.
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Jan 27, 2007
In the town of Waterville, Hide and Seek is not just a game, and it's not just for little kids. Hide and Seek is serious business for the teenagers in town. There is an extremely competitive championship game of Team Hide and Seek every summer. Actually, there are two, one for thirteen- and fourteen-year-old teens and one for fifteen- and sixteen-year-old teens.
This year, Doug Manion is entering for the first time, with his cousin, Skip Corbin, and their best friend Pierce Butterworth. They've been preparing for this for a long time, and they intend to win. They have an added secret advantage, one that only Doug knows about. Recently, Doug's hearing has improved. A lot. He can hear people whispering from yards away. He doesn't tell anyone about it; he's not convinced it's a good ability, or even that it's completely real. Like making the cheek-pinching lady at his aunt's funeral disappear. But it certainly couldn't hurt to have super-hearing when playing Hide and Seek, right?
Winning the championship seems like the ultimate summer project. But really it's only the beginning. When they are recruited to play the ultimate game of Hide and Seek, the teens might get more than they bargained for. There is more to their town than they ever knew, and more to their families than they ever imagined. Doug might not be the only one with strange and special gifts. Just how deep is Toaster Pond? And what is the gem of Gicalma? You'll just have to read and find out. (It's like Hide and Seek without going anywhere!)
I love the idea of Hide and Seek as a real adventure, not just a game. (Our version was Ghost in the Graveyard, and it terrified me, so I'm glad no one wrote that book.) The book starts out with a barrage of different people and names, most of whom never turn up again. So don't let yourself get confused trying to figure who everybody is and how they fit in.
This is a fun, enjoyable, quick read. My only real complaint is that it gets too Harry Potterish. The storyline and the concept stand on their own just fine; the resemblance in the castles got a little distracting. And if I don't stop telling you about it, there won't be anything left for you to discover! So get to reading!
Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
A book kids will love Sep 10, 2006
Although it appeals to all ages, if you are looking for a book for early readers this a great find. The author's use of unique charactors such as "Felicia the 6-toed fairy" stirs the imagination of the reader. Great first book from a very promising author! Can't wait to read your next.
M Doyle Jun 8, 2006
Excellent! Bravo! Encore! This is an adventure story for all ages. Peter de Witt does a wonderful job showing children they are not alone in experiencing the trials and tribulations of childhood and reminding parents of they went through at that age.
A Creative Twist to the Game of Hide and Seek Jun 8, 2006
This is a great read that will easily captivate any audience....young or old. The excitement, adventure, magic and creativity kept me reading from the start right to the end.