Saturday, August 6, 2011

Blog Tour - Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth by Andy Hueller

Welcome to my stop on the Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth Virtual Book Tour!

This tour is organized by the Cedar Fort Publishing and the author Andy Hueller and I am very excited for participating. My stop of the Virtual Book Tour will offer you a book review and also some information about the author Andy Hueller.

Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth - Review

Author: Andy Hueller

Skipping Stones at the Center of the EarthTitle: Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth
Release date: 1st of August 2011
Published by: Cedar Fort
Imprint: Bonneville Books
Reading level: FICTION - JUVENILE: Action & Adventure (incl. Interactive Adventures): Action & Adventure
Pages: 249 in galley version

From Goodreads:

Calvin Comet Cobble lives at Hidden Shores Orphanage. Location: the very center of the earth. Cal's life is full of the school bully and mean teachers, but when he meets Mr. E, who can skip a stone clear across Lake Arctic, everything about Cal's life changes. Told with wit and charm, Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth is guaranteed to excite and inspire readers of all ages.

My review:

When I got the galley of the Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth by Andy Hueller, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know anything about the author and his previous books. The only known fact for me was that the book was written for middle grade juveniles. I can tell you already, that even though I am much older than the targeted group, I loved this book! This is what makes a good adventure book good – it’s not only kids you can enjoy the book, but also adults. I am absolutely sure that kids in the middle grade age will love this book. There is lot of quirky humor in this book and I laughed several times out loud. I enjoyed it!

Regarding the plot:

Settings and surrounding of the plot was fabulous! It was very creative and unique – the Center of the Earth, an island where you can only find two establishments – an orphanage and a prison, whereas there is sunshine on the orphanage side and darkness in the prison side.

There are several different story lines and after lots of twists and turns you finally find out how these are connected to each other. I was surprised several times! Without giving any spoilers here, the plot is filled with fantasy, imagination and lot of action.

Regarding the characters:

The moment I read the main characters name, I was sold! Calvin Comet – how cute is that?! Calvin is a good hearted 12 years old boy, who always gets into the center of attention because he has red hair. It causes him always trouble, because it is very difficult for him to go unnoticed. Calvin’s life changes when he meets Mister E. who opens a totally new world to Calvin.

Besides Calvin I really like two other characters in the book, one of them was Mister E. and the other one was from the other storyline – Bartholomew Rogers, who is a guy who finds the Center of the Earth.

Generally, all the characters were well written, they all had their quirky and weird sides to explore. None of them were boring. Even the teachers, who mirrored all the bad sides of the human race, were interesting to read!


As said earlier, I had no clue what to expect from the Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth. I was little afraid, that since it is a book targeted to middle grade kids, it won’t be something for me. But it was! It was fun and easy to read and I am sure that kids would adore this book!

Parents, this book is a must have to your kids!
5 stars out of 5

Happy reading! The next stop of the tour is at A Room Without Books is Empty. Go and take a look tomorrow!

About the author:

Andy Hueller is the author of Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle. He teaches at St. Paul Academy and Summit School and lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Debbie. He gives Cal Cobble credit for leading him to a career writing for younger readers. "I closed my eyes one day years ago and saw this boy with flaming red-orange hair and freckles that looked like smoldering embers. For some reason, he was living in a remote place and didn't have many friends. I wanted to figure out why he lived so far away and what it was like to be picked on for reasons he couldn't control."

My special thanks goes to Cedar Fort and Thank you for provining me with the galley!


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