He robs a store and hides the stash, but later finds out from eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, that he is one of the few who can visit a special extra eighth day between Wednesday and Thursday. This novel is considered Wilder’s magnum opus and won the National Book Award in 1967. Jax robs Walmart, mentioned a few times along with Land Rovers and his father's Rolex. This sucks. online: Don't use the same password and ID for everything, and don't trust everyone you meet online. The story was divided into time and place segments that overlapped. ThisKidReviewsBooksNovember 1, 2015 • 7:27 pmYes you do! It's no doubt a classic and a serious example of the best era in American literature. With both his parents deceased, Jax finds himself living with Riley, who is barely out of high school and no relation, for a guardian. Thank you for your support. All other beginnings and endings are arbitrary conventions — makeshifts parading as self-sufficient entireties… The cumbrous shears of the historian cut out a few figures and a brief passage of time from that enormous tapestry.

I really liked the evolution of the relationship between Jax and Riley, and I was even drawn in by the secondary characters. Gotta be a great book when it is fun both the first time (when you have all the fun of unexpected reveals) and the second time (when you know what is coming and are watching for it). Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

”, “Guile is the shield and spear of the oppressed.”. 24 hours later Thursday dawns and everything is back to normal. Nice job with the review. ISBN: 0345433092 In his mid twenties, Danny Cray cringes at the image of the starving artist as he has chosen to supplement his meager earnings as a sculptor with sleuthing. And he lies often to his guardian, Riley, and hides his mistakes from him.

Townsfolk suspect that Eustacia Lansing, Breckenridge's wife, and John Ashley were having an affair. The other seven days of the week don’t exist to her. How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives, Participate in DigCit Week with your kid by using curated activities from Wide Open School, Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance, Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning, Round Table, so the legends are discussed, as are Stoneh, monument in Wales). The novel introduces 1 1/2 families worth of unusual but believable characters, all of whom are treated kindly by Wilder.

One character is kidnapped and transported in, a coffin, a house fire threatens a family, a long-dead body is dug up for a ceremony, and characters.

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Jax and Riley are part of a group called Transitioners, who are able to live in all eight days. It sounds very interesting and kind of mind-blowing. By hiring Ashley, a creative tinkerer, Lansing props up the faltering mine, which he has been incompetently managing, and leaves himself free for the social life which interests him more. Knowing that copper-mining engineers are needed in Chile, he acquires a new identity as James Tolland, a Canadian engineer. I can't even imagine how much time the author put into this book. Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week?

As it turns out, I liked it better than I thought I would. Second reading, and still awesome.

First off, this is no fast-paced mystery, although in the end a mystery is solved.

I was hooked from the first chapter and enjoyed everything about the story except for the length - too short! For a story that pits good vs. evil and could end in the apocalypse, THE EIGHTH DAY stays surprisingly light. Really want to read this one and its sequel. The main character, and most of the other characters, are part of a mystical timeline in which the knights of the round table had magical powers and they were passed down from bloodline to bloodline, waging a war that is unknown to mortals that don't have the power, also known as "normals". We all know more than we know we know. Then things get even stranger when on his 13th birthday, he discovers that there is an 8th day in the week. Then, in six long chapters, the novel moves backward and forward in time to explore the background of the Ashley and Lansing families, their relationships to the community, and their reactions to these bizarre events. What would your kids do if they had one day all to themselves (keep in mind that there would be no electricity)?

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I settled in to read *just a bit* of The Eighth Day and finished it in one sitting. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ashley is tried, convicted, and sentenced to execution. He asks himself why he doesn't write songs about love. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Eighth Day; Ballantine, Dec 2002, 25.95, 384 pp. I'll come back to the book later, 5, 10 years from now perhaps, and maybe it will make sense to me then. by Harper Perennial Modern Classics.

›Categories: Age 6-9Tags: bibliophile, book review, dianne k salerni, the eighth day, this kid reviews books18 replies. A book I have read more than once, although not recently, and which I think of fondly. The Eighth Day is my favorite book of the year so far.

To be a great novel it has to suck me in and make me believe.

Like East of Eden, I found it longwinded in many places, ponderous, self-important, too much.

We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. The good news? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book will be excellent for middle grade students, but I also think that any person who enjoys YA will enjoy this book. This was a good book. The more Jax learns about Grunsday the more he begins to realize it’s not just magical, it's dangerous. He absolutely hates his life- he has no friends except for Billy and an old lady named Mrs. Unger, who he helps out in getting library books and pulling weeds. Unjust town gossip linking Ashley and Eustacia Lansing in an affair and the absence of any other plausible suspect creates an atmosphere prejudicial to Ashley. 'Hope is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous. Readers will like him right away, and they'll grow to like Riley, as Jax does. See all 20 questions about The Eighth Day…, Le Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table. In a prologue, Thornton Wilder sets forth the external facts of the conviction of John Ashley in 1902 for the murder of Breckenridge Lansing, his subsequent rescue by five masked men shortly before his scheduled execution, and his escape to parts unknown. We won't share this comment without your permission. This is the central conflict in The Eighth Day, an exciting fantasy adventure by Dianne K. Salerni. The story begins with 12 year old Jax Aubrey attempting to settle into his new life with his guardian, Riley Pendare. thiskidreviewsbooksDecember 11, 2014 • 7:29 amI think he would like it! The Stick by Clay Rice AND New Write Chat Episode! Jax is a kid who hates stealing, even out of necessity.

[ only descendants of the original Round-Table Knights are able to live throug. Day additionally finds a carriage with a kid secured inside the thick glass. I dont think he pulled it off.

there's such a thing as "too epic" in scope I'm afraid.

Another character is Riley who became Jax's guardian after his father was Barely able to keep food in the refrigerator, Jax is miserable. getting a tattoo he didn't want. Then along comes Riley, barely eighteen years old and able to take care of a minor, steals him away. Jax’s days just got a lot more complicated! We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate.

Told in beautifully crafted sentences (every word perfect), each chapter told the story of the seperate members of both families and wove the tale to its ultimate ending.

My biggest complaint about 'The Eighth Day' is that it kept me from doing anything else until I finished it and that was really a problem. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published As with any start to a series where a huge premise needs to be laid out, there are slow patches while Jax and readers gather information about Transitioners, those trapped in the eighth day, and where they came from and why. One father is accused, tried, and convicted in the fatal shooting of the other.

Featured Items. At a weekend get-together of the two families, while the men are practicing with rifles, a bullet kills Lansing.

Evangeline's, Set limits for violence and more with Plus, This book is for children don't bother-_-. He robs a store and hides the stash, but later finds out from eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, that he is one of the few who can visit a special extra eighth day between Wednesday and Thursday. This chapter tends to create sympathy for the Lansings, who are all victims in one way or another. It's got a compelling concept with a strong opening, and cool magic (King Arthur ftw!) The Eighth Day Book Summary and Study Guide. The book contains one of my favorite quotes: "He was a link in a chain, a stitch in a tapestry, a planter of trees, a breaker of stones on an old road to a not yet clearly marked destination.". While Ashley escapes to Chile, his family—left destitute without his income—turns to running a boarding house to make ends meet. Other people only lived on the eighth day. thiskidreviewsbooksDecember 11, 2014 • 7:39 amIt is a great book! Includes a small caution about protecting yourself online: Don't use the same password and ID for everything, and don't trust everyone you meet online.