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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Booksurfers: Treasure Island

Booksurfers: Treasure Island - David Gatward This story takes on something avid readers dream about: being able to jump into the books we love! Sure, we wouldn’t want to be forced to do it in order to save our families (too much pressure!) but it still would be fun to do. I loved the device that allowed them to quickly jump through the book. It totally reminds me of a Kindle! The idea of a dressing room filled with clothes from all the books was a great idea and it helped avoid weird spots in the book. I really appreciated that the book dealt with issue of messing with the story. Much like time travel if you mess around too much, you can screw everything up.Love, love, love the use of hyperlinks in the book. THAT’S what e-books are for. The kids would be talking a part of the story that’s happening right before them and you could quickly jump to that part in the real book. Very awesome. The author also includes the full text of Treasure Island at the end of the story.The characters were likable enough but I didn’t feel like they were fully developed. They felt more like Disney Channel movie characters rather than ‘real’ people. It’s probably okay though since that’s the age group the book was written for. As for the actual story, I didn’t like it as much as I would have liked to. Of course, I’ve never read Treasure Island and to be honest I don’t intend to read it.The bottom line? Awesome idea for a story