Author: William Sleator and Ann Monticone
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Buy at: Amazon
Isaac is the new kid in town. His mother, Vera, is in the hospital with a mysterious illness, and the only person left to care for Isaac is his distant grandfather. Friendless and often alone, Isaac loses himself in his collection of optical illusions, including a strange mirror box that he finds in his new house, left behind by the previous tenants. Designed for amputees, it creates the illusion of a second limb.
Lonely Isaac wishes someone would reach out to him, and then someone does—a phantom limb within the mirror box! It signs to Isaac about a growing danger: someone who has murdered before and is out to get Vera next. The only way Isaac can solve the mystery and save his mother is with the help of the mirror box. But can he trust the phantom limb?
You Should… – Look it Up
– Cover Reading
Judge the Cover – The cover is an optical illusion, which is what the story is about.
A Little Teaser – “Suddenly, the hand in the mirror waved at him, as if in greeting.
He cried out again, but this time he left his hand hands in the box, watching for the hand in the mirror to make its next move.”
Review – I read a lot of strange books but this one, by far, is the strangest book I have ever read. It wasn’t bad. It was a fast-paced book, with interesting mystery. The reason for the “Look it Up” rating, is because even though I liked the book, a lot of others dislike it. I suggest checking out the other reviews, before reading this book.
And onto to the story.
Issac has a hard life. His father died, his mother was admitted into the hospital, and his grandpa is slowly losing his marbles. He is just a kid, but I feel like he has to be the grown up sometimes, to take care of the family. The new house that they have moved into, some items were left behind by the previous owners, including a mysterious mirrored box.
It turns out the mirror box was used for people that had amputated arms. Sometimes they would feel pain on the side they had cut off, and aren’t able to control the pain. The box purpose is so they can put one arm in, and the mirror will show a reflection that looks like they have two arms. You move your right arm, and it looks like your left arm is moving.
It’s really creepy, but Issac is even more creeped out. His box has a phantom limb of a boy that has died recently. This phantom limb is trying to help Issac get his mom out of the hospital. Someone has killed the boy, and he is letting Issac know that his mom is next.
As story continues, I was putting the pieces together in my head trying to figure out who is the killer. I was looking for a motif like those crime investigators do. It turns I figured out who the murderer was before Issac.
So, I say this was an easy book. I liked that it was fast paced, and the mystery was really chilling. When I was reading this the other night, I had really bad dream about my arm being cut off. Totally freaked me out.
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