Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ARC Review for Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth by Andy Hueller

Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth

by Andy Hueller

I was invited to be a host of Andy's blog tour and he will be stopping here on Saturday July 30th. I was able to read his book and get my review ready to go in anticipation of this event. I will have my interview up on Saturday. This arc was downloaded from netgally.com and the author sent me a hard copy of the book.

Blurb 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 thoughts:

I knew going into this book that it would be for children and early teens but was pleasantly surprised by the quality and content for the older crowd. It was a quick read and enjoyed it immensely. I could relate to Cal and his feelings about being different and being bullied. I was once a Cal in school. Socially awkward and a wallflower but as I grew older I became more confident with myself and ending up becoming that social butterfly.

His boring life ends one day when he meets Mr E. As the story goes on you find out who Mr E is and why he and Calvin are at the Center of the Earth also known as Robert, Alaska and he sets off on adventure to find out who he is and why he is there.

This is actually a book about a lonely and misunderstood kid who finds his inner strength and learns that sometimes you have to reach for what you want in life even if it seems impossible. As long as you have friends, you can handle anything.

I would recommend this book for kids around 8-12 years old as the writing is very easy to read. Adults and older kids may find they enjoy this read as well.

I give this book 5 fairies for allowing me to reflect on my past and realize that there other misunderstood kids out there who need a helping hand and giving them the courage to stand up for what they want so that they don't fade back into the wallpaper.

Thanks for the great read, Andy.


  1. There should be more books like this. I look forward to the tour.

  2. This book looks awesome! I love the cover and your review makes me want to read the book. What a great story!

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    Take care-
    Jess- although I may show up as Fairday, the main character from my novel. I can't figure out why that happens sometimes and I can't fix it. :)


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