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Obres de Cameron Dokey

Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel" (2006) 555 exemplars
How Not to Spend Your Senior Year (2003) 221 exemplars
Here Be Monsters (2000) 199 exemplars
Haunted by Desire (2000) — Autor — 165 exemplars
Once Again: Snow; Beauty Sleep (2015) — Autor — 124 exemplars
Truth and Consequences (2003) 103 exemplars
Hindenburg,1937 (1999) 92 exemplars
The Summoned (2001) 83 exemplars
Picture Perfect (2005) 78 exemplars
Washington Avalanche, 1910 (2000) 48 exemplars
Katherine: Heart of Freedom (1997) 18 exemplars
Charlotte: Heart of Hope (1997) 15 exemplars
The Prisoner (2001) 14 exemplars
TOGETHER FOREVER (Love Stories) (1997) 12 exemplars
Stephanie: Heart of Gold (1998) 12 exemplars
Carrie: Heart of Courage (1998) 12 exemplars
Love Me, Love Me Not (1995) 11 exemplars
Blue Moon (1995) 10 exemplars
Heart's Desire (1995) 9 exemplars
The Talisman (1994) 8 exemplars
Everything I Want (2004) 8 exemplars
Winning Is Everything (1998) 7 exemplars
Boys Camp: Zack's Story (2013) 4 exemplars
Be Mine (1997) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Once Upon a Time 2 exemplars
De Rode Vloek 1 exemplars
New Year, New Love (1996) 1 exemplars

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Demigods and Monsters (2008) — Col·laborador — 388 exemplars


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Altres noms
Dokey, Mary Cameron (birth name)
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Stockton, California, USA
Llocs de residència
Seattle, Washington, USA
Sonoma State University
children's author
YA author



I thought this was a Mulan retelling but it did not get to the actual plot until over halfway thorough. There was essentially no romance and it was quite clean. It would be good for younger ya readers.

3 Stars

Content: fighting, death, one kiss
libraryofemma | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | Apr 18, 2024 |
Super clean, would be great for young teens
libraryofemma | Hi ha 21 ressenyes més | Apr 18, 2024 |
For the record, my favorite of the series
lexilewords | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Dec 28, 2023 |
I'll freely admit I have no love for the original Jack and the Beanstalk tale. It bothered me that Jack could be so thoughtless when he knew so much was at stake. Plus I felt it taught a bad moral lesson; do irresponsible things and things turn out better! However I'm a big fan of the Simon and Schuster line of "Once Upon a Time" novels, and Cameron Dokey as an author in specific, so I was content to read this novel.

I wouldn't say The World Above blew me away, or made me rethink how I felt about the original tale, but I enjoyed Dokey 's interpretation of the events. Told through the eyes, and practical nature, of Jack's twin sister Gen, we learn the 'truth' behind the fairy tale. Jack isn't much different from his normal self; still flighty, still a day dreamer, still thinking of the next big thing instead of mundane matters. Gen is the practical one, the one who plans and lists and strives to keep the family together through all their hardships. Along the path of the novel the two learn to compromise their extreme bi-polarity in natures, but in the end its Gen's practical, planning side that wins the day.

Mixed in with the Jack and the Beanstalk tale is also pieces of Robin Hood's legend. He has his merry band, he lives in the forest and robs from the rich to give to the poor. I thought this was a nice touch, gave Gen's love interest something other then being that guy who you think the worse of at first. The scenes in the forest are some of my favorite I think for this reason. Robin's interactions with his 'people' are charismatic, firm and tinged with hope. He doesn't lie to them or lead them falsely.

My only complaint is that the characters as a whole felt shallow. Shannon and Sean are compassionate people, who try their best to keep the people's spirits alive as their father did, but very little is said beyond this. Perhaps because of the small nature of the novel (just over 200 pages), this is the reason, but I would have liked to know more about Duke Guy--for such a ruthless, cut throat man he caves awfully quickly. I can't believe 16 years changed him from a blood thirsty, power hungry usurper to a terrified old man easily bested by a slip of a girl.

Still, this version of the tale is the version I want to believe. I don't want to believe that Jack is as careless as the original tale would have us believe after all.
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lexilewords | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Dec 28, 2023 |



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