Genre: Humorous fiction, coming of age, nostalgia Age: Appropriate for ages 12 and up A King in a Court of Fools begins with a book -- The Book of Tom -- a journal writing assignment from Tom Ryan's sixth-grade teacher, Sister Jeanne Lorette. That's what she called it. Tom called it... read more
The book follows Tom Ryan, his brothers and sisters, and their "gang" through a series of nostalgic vignettes woven together around their solving a mystery. Originally published as a serial from April through August of 2011, A King in a Court of Fools has been enjoyed weekly by thousands from... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The book follows Tom Ryan, his brothers and sisters, and their "gang" through a series of nostalgic vignettes woven together around their solving a mystery. Originally published as a serial from April through August of 2011, A King in a Court of Fools has been enjoyed weekly by thousands from ages 10 on up for what it presents at various intellectual levels. It is a heart-warming, funny story that is an easy and feel-good read.
“There are three places you never want to be caught dead: at the Isaly’s without a quarter, downwind when Big Bob is farting, and anywhere near Sister Concepta’s office.”The Book of Tom
“She was a robot Sister with super powers that the nuns gotten from the Sears catalog. When her robot eyes looked around the room, I knew she was there for me.”Harry
“We had lost a friend; one who held us up without ever complaining that we were too heavy; one who never let us down because it was too tired or said it just didn’t feel like it anymore — a good friend.”Harry
There are some things in life that can be understood fully only by comparison to their opposite. Some call that conceptual polarity. For example, can one really know what truth is without also knowing what it is to lie?Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
Kids ride a roller coaster of emotions. One minute they are crying from a skinned knee, the next they are laughing and playing again, doing exactly what gave them the skinned knee in the first place. They can go from love to hate and back to love again in a single sentence. They argue, they fight, they share, they play, and one little thing, one act of unkindness is made up for and forgotten in an instant, and never spoken of or thought of again. It’s not until people get older that we let the bad things begin to pile up and become harder to push out of the way.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
The Greek philosopher Plato thought that anything that comes to be comes from its opposite. Thus, good comes from evil and therefore cannot exist without it.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
This book has been read and enjoyed by 6th graders on up. The group of 4th graders found it a bit too complex. It also appeals to the adult crowd as a nostalgia piece and puts emphasis on family values and the importance of good moral character.
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