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The Misspellers

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Published: 2002
Language: English
Wordcount: 33,336 / 95 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 95
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,034
Added to site: 2010.03.20 27069
License: ©

The Misspellers is not a book you pick, it's a book that picks you. It mostly tends to seek out people between the ages of 9 and 12. However, it has been seen with one-year-olds, as it is nice to chew, and with old people, for reasons still unexplained. The story is about two young people, Carlin and Jack. A neighbor asks them to water his plants while he is away. It's an awful job because the house smells of sour milk, burnt dinner and bad breath. Stranger yet is the lack of a telephone, a television or even a single light bulb. The house seems to have no electricity at all. Of course, Carlin and Jack wonder why, get nosey and learn the hard way that science and magic don't mix. If you don't like tales of spells, fairies and things gone terribly wrong, don't worry. This book won't find you. If you suspect they don't teach you everything in school . . . check it out.

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cks, fat tires, speed shifters, this was not a girl's bike. The frame was set up for serious riding. She had the feeling he was trying to find something wrong with it, but could not.

"It's loganberry," she said. "In the bottle. I hope that's all right. We never even heard of the stuff before we moved here and now we're all addicted to it."

"Thank you." Jack took a huge sip.

"Carlin," Carlin said. "Thank you, Carlin."

"Is that a first name or a last name?" Jack asked.

"Carlin LaSalle." She took a backpack off her shoulder and unzipped the opening.

"I'm Jack."

"First name or last?"

Jack snickered a little. "Oliver."

"Now which one is that?"

They rolled up half the papers and jammed them into Carlin's backpack. Mud smeared all over the opening, but she did not mind. Delivering papers was, sadly, the most interesting thing she had come across in the last two weeks.

Jack told Carlin which houses were to receive papers. Carlin went down th

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 4 reviews: ****

There are so many misspellings in this story that the title becomes ironic even though it does not refer to that kind of spelling. In a single paragraph computer is spelled three different ways. The story is probably best suited to younger children but, as an adult, it didn't do it for me.


I enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in parts, but fun. A great quick read.


A fun little piece of tween lit. The premise was engaging, and aside from a few choice typos like 'Stone Hedge' or 'at ounce', the writing was quite nice. :)


It was a very exciting, quick read. I would love to see other stories like this.



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