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by Daniel diTomasso,Kenneth Oppel

  • ISBN: 1441871500
  • Author: Daniel diTomasso,Kenneth Oppel
  • ePub ver: 1194 kb
  • Fb2 ver: 1194 kb
  • Rating: 4.2 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Formats: lrf mobi mbr docx
  • Category: Teenagers
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
epub Half Brother download

I just recommended Kenneth Oppel's new children's book, Half Brother, to my 86 year-old grandmother. Half Brother is a masterpiece that combines the best of both.

I just recommended Kenneth Oppel's new children's book, Half Brother, to my 86 year-old grandmother. I knew it must be good when I heard that Violet got in trouble at school for reading too much. A page-turner for sure, we are dropped into a world of being new in junior high school while having a stormy relationship with a driven father. Just the thought of it makes most grown-ups cringe.

Narrated by Daniel diTomasso. For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child

Narrated by Daniel diTomasso. For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan - an eight-day-old chimpanzee.

Because despite the inevitable warm fuzziness brought on by something as cute as a baby chimp, Half Brother turns out not to be your usual animal book

Because despite the inevitable warm fuzziness brought on by something as cute as a baby chimp, Half Brother turns out not to be your usual animal book. Oppel is rarely far away from reminding us that chimps are powerful creatures, often destructive, occasionally murderous. Zan is cuddly and bright, but also liable to give a vicious bite or even rip a kitchen cabinet off a wall just for the fun of it.

I went down to the end of the hall.

In the kitchen: the fridge, emptied of yogourt and milk and ginger ale and vegetables and meat; the cupboards empty, no need to keep them locked now. In his playroom: the red table and chairs. up on shelves were his toys, but not the favourite ones he’d circle around himself every night-they were in the suitcase, in Nevada, in Peter’s apartment, while Zan slept in his cage. It was bizarre going back to school after that week in Nevada. It was like being a tourist in another country

I chose to read this book because I've enjoyed other books by Kenneth Oppel

For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. I chose to read this book because I've enjoyed other books by Kenneth Oppel. By coincidence, I'd just heard the NPR "This American Life" podcast about Dr. and Mrs. Temrelin who "adopted" Lucy, a chimpanzee, and raised her as their own daughter-a story which did not have a happy ending.

Kenneth Oppel is one of the great contemporary storytellers

Kenneth Oppel is one of the great contemporary storytellers. His first novel was published when he was eighteen years old. Since then, he has won extraordinary acclaim for his imaginative works, including the Silverwing trilogy and the Airborn series. The novel Airborn won both a Printz Honor and the Governor General's Award. His last novel Half Brother was named both Children's Book of the Year and Best Young Adult Book of the Year by the Canadian Library Association. Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his family and can be found online at ww. ennethoppel.

His father, a behavioural scientist, has moved the family to Victoria, .

Daniel di Tomasso's narration sometimes seems a bit rushed, but that can be overlooked given the typical speech pattern of teenagers. He occasionally intones the end of a sentence and then seems to discover that more is to come, resulting in some odd phrasing. However, the story itself is so strong and the narration is good enough that listeners will be drawn to this audiobook. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.

For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan ― an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben’s father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills. Ben’s parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now he’s not the only one his father’s going to scrutinize. It isn’t long before Ben is Zan’s favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true ― between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate. Half Brother isn’t just a story about a boy and a chimp. It’s about the way families are made, the way humanity is judged, the way easy choices become hard ones, and how you can’t always do right by the people and animals you love. In the hands of master storyteller Kenneth Oppel, it’s a novel you won’t soon forget.
Comments (7)

Arith
Dear Mr. Oppel: Thank you for writing a book for young people that is not only informative; but funny, true to life and just down right good. I purchased this book for my 12 year old grandson for Valentines Day and I know he is going to love it. Joseph loves fiction based on fact and his teacher always enjoys his bookreports. I am also going to purchase a copy for his teacher to share with other students in the class. The author did a great job of getting back to solid educational topics and away from fairyland. Hurrah!!!!
Conjukus
I just recommended Kenneth Oppel's new children's book, Half Brother, to my 86 year-old grandmother. It is that good.

I knew it must be good when I heard that Violet got in trouble at school for reading too much. At home I was envious of her complete absorption in the book, but also excited because I knew I would get to read it next. I asked her, "Is it `Hunger-Games-Good'?" She just grunted and waved me off. "Violet if you don't answer me I'm going to take the book away." She looked up at me and said, "Oh yeah, it's good. Can I just please read to the end of this chapter?"

Later she told me she loved it because it made her feel like she was the main character, thirteen year-old Ben. When I got my turn, I felt the same way. Now I'm curious if my grandmother will feel likewise. Any book that can make a ten-year old girl, a forty-year old mother, and an eighty-six-year old great-grandmother feel like a thirteen year-old boy is impressive.

There are stories that are compelling, and there are books that are insightful and complex. Half Brother is a masterpiece that combines the best of both. A page-turner for sure, we are dropped into a world of being new in junior high school while having a stormy relationship with a driven father. Just the thought of it makes most grown-ups cringe. Add on top of that the complexity of developing a close bond with a species so near to our own, but still clearly animal - and you have one of the best children's books I have ever read.

I would not recommend this book to children younger than ten years old. The complexity of relationships might be harder for younger children to grasp, and there are some sexual references. The sexual references are not explicit, and they are appropriate to what a modest thirteen year-old boy would say and experience but some parents might be uncomfortable with younger children reading them. This is one of those books that would be a pleasure to read so you can judge for yourself.
- Jessica
Wilalmaine
Awesome book!!!!!!
Azago
Good read!
Hilarious Kangaroo
Well written and an enjoyable read. I am sure that I have not yet gotten the author's message, if there is one, beyond life in a family. It is interesting to note that one of the narrator's complaints as an author is the liberties film makers take with a story when adapting the story to film, yet the movie of the book makes a number of significant changes, not the least of which is the ending.
Thomeena
Like new condition! Great book!
Yramede
Good story, enjoyed this one
I have yet to read this tome (682 pages!). However, having seen the brilliant television mini-series several times (it's addictive), I know of whence I write. The story and the characters are equally engrossing. The film has a documentary feel about it, as if these characters really lived. Perhaps they did? If you like surprise endings, this is one of the best I have ever seen... totally unexpected. I doubt even Agatha Christie could have dreamt it up, or see it coming. It is clear why the vivid imagination of Lars Saabye Christensen makes him on of Norway's most popular, award-winning authors.

The mini-series was filmed in Norway, with a superb cast that has no "weakest link". You will believe, and fall in love with, this family.

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