The Man Who was Poe – Review

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The Man Who was Poe by Avi

Age Range: 8 and up

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition (June 25, 2013)

Series: None

Genre: Historical fiction, mystery

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

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My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

This heart-stopping historical mystery from plot-master Avi will reach
the wide audience it deserves with its fresh and compelling new cover
treatment!

The night Edmund’s twin sister, Sis, goes missing, the
streets of nineteenth-century Providence, Rhode Island, are filled with
menacing shadows. As Edmund frantically searches the city, he tries to
make sense of what happened: He only left Sis alone long enough to buy
bread. How did she vanish in the mere minutes he was gone?

Just
as Edmund is about to lose hope of finding her, a stranger appears out
of the mist and offers to help. But the man is gloomy and full of
secrets. He seems to need Edmund to carry out plans of his own. Can
Edmund trust him? And if he doesn’t take the chance, how will he ever
find his sister?

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About the Author:

Avi’s work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major
prize, including the Newbery Medal for CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD and
Newbery Honors for NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF
CHARLOTTE DOYLE. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. You can visit him online
at www.avi-writer.com.

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My Thoughts:

When it comes to middle grade mystery novels, I don’t know that I’ve
ever read one quite as breathtakingly gripping as The Man Who was Poe. It is a
tale of murder, deceit, and madness. The fictionalized Poe is a sour,
selfish man that cares only for material to create a story. Edmund is a
sweet, naive little boy with no one else to turn to. Together they
unravel the mystery of where Edmund’s mother and sister have disappeared
to.

The plot is full of suspense and kept me guessing until the very end.
Everything in this book moves the story forward and is relevant in some
way.   While I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, they felt
authentic and real, as if they could step out of the page and into real
life. 

I’ve heard of some of Avi’s other books, and you can bet your booties that I’ll be reading them soon!


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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    September 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    A dark and mysterious MG book? I don't think I've heard of one quite like this. I love the portrayal of Poe. I've never read much of his poems beyond maybe the Raven but I know how dark he could be. This sounds amazing! Loved your review XD

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      September 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      This is totally embarrassing, but I've never read anything by Poe. I should probably fix that. But this book was SO good. I loved it.

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