The Spell Book of Listen Taylor

 
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The Spell Book of Listen Taylor
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10+
Release Date
September 01, 2007
ISBN
0439846781
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A fairytale, a mystery, a history of hot-air ballooning, and a romance . . . A novel so brilliant, moving, zingy -- and Zingy -- that it could only have come from Jaclyn Moriarty.

The Zing family lives in a world of misguided spell books, singular poetry, and state-of-the-art surveillance equipment. They use these things to protect the Zing Family Secret -- one so huge it draws the family to the garden shed for meetings every Friday night.

Into their world comes socially isolated middle grader Listen Taylor, whose father is dating a Zing. Enter Cath Murphy, a young teacher at the elementary school that Cassie Zing attends, suffering from a broken heart. How will the worlds of these two young woman connect? Only the reader can know!

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The Zing Family Secret
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The story starts out very confusing as it tells many stories of different people.  One is the story of Listen Taylor, she lives with her father who is dating a Zing.  After her mother left them to explore the world, Listen hopes her fathers girlfriend might be the one to complete the family.  There is also the story of Cathy Murphy, an elementary school teacher who is trying to cope with a broken heart.  Along with Listen Taylor and Cathy Murphys stories there also is the Zing family.  Every Friday the adults of the family meet in the shed for a secret Zing Family Meeting.  Listen Taylor really wants to find out what happens during the secret meetings.  And how is Cathy Murphy connected the Zing Family Secret?






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Isn't anything like it sounds. It has nothing to do with magic or witches. And the Zing family secret is a little boring. I do not recommend the book at all. It was a waste of money and time. The writer's style is not my taste, and the book kind of leaves you with a couple of questions. Listen Taylor is now a Zing...sort of. And like the Zings she has a huge secret. Listen has found a spell book, and she begins to discover the 'magic' spells within it. Yeah, I know! It does sound like there should be witches and magic. Not! The spells she preforms in the book doesn't even work. It's a horrible book!

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