Item description for Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle (Landon Snow, Book 1) by R. K. Mortenson...
Overview Don't fall in! This book may swallow! Just ask Landon Snow. He could tell you about being swallowed by a book. Or falling from the sky on horseback. Or fleeing a hail of arrows through an enchanted forest. Or watching a gigantic gold coin flipping into the sky, and wondering, Could it be chance, mere circumstance?
When Landon's grandfather suffers a minor accident in Button Up, Minnesota, Landon asks the cosmic question: "Could life itself be an accident?" Pages in an ancient Bible mysteriously turn, and a bookcase opens to reveal a secret passageway. Tumbling through the Book of Meanings into another world full of puzzles and creatures called Odds, Landon teams up with a horse named Melech to find Vates, the poet/prophet behind strange messages.
The greatest question of all still remains for Landon to answer. How will he solve the Auctor's Riddle? Recommended for ages 8 and up.
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Barbour Publishing Company
Series Landon Snow
Series Number 1
ISBN 1593108818 ISBN13 9781593108816
Reviews - What do customers think about Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle (Landon Snow, Book 1)?
landon snow and the auctors riddle Jan 8, 2008
Oh my goodness. This first book is terrific. Read carefully and slowly so as not to miss a single clue. What I love the most is that my children are figuring out the clues before I am! A true author for kids! I am so tired of cringing when my children bring home a book, supposedly rated for them, and having it turn out inappropriate. This series will be one in which I feel comfortable not reading before my children read them. (although, I suspect I will 'volunteer' to read them to my kids just to enjoy them myself) Something I appreciate is that there are scary moments in the book, however, my kids are learning that if they perservere thru the chapter it all works out. Thank you Mr Mortenson for your determination to have an adventure for my children without the garbage.
great book, just a little confusing Jan 7, 2008
I like this book a lot! It also has little Christian touches, which I like too. But it does get a little confusing at times.All in all, I think it is very interesting and I am definitly going to get the next book in the series!!!
Bible Thumping Sep 27, 2007
This book is ridiculous! A book that does not overstep the bounds of Christianity and brings it up a couple times? ok with me. A book that mentions the Bible and Christian theology in every other sentence, to the point where it feels as if you're being beat over the head with it? NO! I thought this would be a fantasy story with Christian overtones, kind of like Narnia. This is a Sunday School lesson. Plus I am highly offended that it keeps making very sexist comments. I'm not even a person who is usually offended by sexist things, but this is really over the top.
Fantasy fun for the kiddies Mar 15, 2007
Landon Snow, on a trip to visit his grandparents, finds himself transported into a magical world beyond the library. In it he discovers talking books, chess pieces that come to life, and trying to find out what is the meaning of the Book his grandfather keeps talking about. Strange clues and riddles keep him on his toes during his search. Will he find out the answer to what is the meaning of everything?
I read this book mainly because it was highly touted as a Christian alternative to Harry Potter. Since I am a huge Harry Potter fan, I was curious as to see whether or not this book could live up to the hype. Well, if I was just going to compare the two, I find myself slightly disappointed. This book is nothing like Harry Potter, if anything it's more Lemony Snicket where you learn things while you're reading. There is lots of imagery in this book, a lot which might go over the head of little kids. I must admit, I got confused quite a bit while reading this book, so I can only imagine how a 12 year old might react to it. I don't find it too preachy although it it obvious about the Christian elements in the story. I did enjoy the bit with the horse, the chess game did remind me of the scene in Harry Potter. I liked how he did indeed take the risk and jumped off the board. The scenes where Landon meets up with the books is enjoyable too. So my final verdict is, if you're looking for a good children's fantasy book I would highly recommend this. I just don't find it to be on par with Potter or even Lemony Snicket. If Just enjoy it for what it is. I got the children's librarian at our library to order the set, so hopefully the kiddies will enjoy it too.
Too Good to be just for kids!!! Feb 27, 2007
My son received this book as a birthday present last summer. I began reading it aloud to him but he jumped into it between times. I confess that I took it too my own room to finish the story after the first reading! I loved this book for it's great adventure and wonderful morals that are "magical" instead of "preachy". It sits right next to his Chronicles of Narnia. We now have the first three books in the series and are eagerly awaiting the fourth! :)