AUGIE BORETSKI KNOWS how to get by If you re a scrawny loser in the destitute city of Camden, New Jersey, you keep your head down, avoid the drug dealers and thugs, and try your best to be invisible Augie used to be good at that, but suddenly his life is changing First, Augie accidentally steals a strange book of fairy tales Then his mom makes him join the Big BrAUGIE BORETSKI KNOWS how to get by If you re a scrawny loser in the destitute city of Camden, New Jersey, you keep your head down, avoid the drug dealers and thugs, and try your best to be invisible Augie used to be good at that, but suddenly his life is changing First, Augie accidentally steals a strange book of fairy tales Then his mom makes him join the Big Brothers program and the chorus And two bullies try to beat him up every day because of it Just when it seems like things can t get any worse, an ice storm wrecks Augie s school The city plans to close the school, abandoning one building to the drug addicts But Augie has a plan For the first time in his life, Augie Boretski is not going down without a fight.
No Castles Here AUGIE BORETSKI KNOWS how to get by If you re a scrawny loser in the destitute city of Camden New Jersey you keep your head down avoid the drug dealers and thugs and try your best to be invisible A
This is quite a mess of things the fairy tale inserts don t read like fairy tales and yes, it s supposed to be REAL, but REAL MAGICAL places and REAL MAGICAL happenings but they are so poorly constructed either way Augie s story itself is interesting to read but that s it mildly interesting.
A sweet kids book about fairy tales and growing up Good characters, a bit of magical realism I remember quite liking it at the time it was a cozy, warm cup of tea read but it hasn t stuck in my mind very well There s nothing about it that I would call particularly notable It s just pleasant.
I was drawn to this book because of its setting Camden NJ Great read with a fairy tale aura but touches on important topics for our youth today tolerance, bullying, violence and self acceptance.
I ve had this book on my wish list for years, so this year with all the gift cards I got for Christmas, I decided why not This is a cute little read, what grabbed my attention was Camden, NJ Having worked there for 10 years I could relate to the story I also liked the Fairy Story Book part of it Wanted of that I do have to agree with the other reviewers about the incest aspect Other than that I enjoyed it.Cherie
If I could give this book a 1000 in ratings I would Seriously I really didn t get passed page 7 except to skim briefly to page 48 just because I couldn t believe that someone would actually write a substory this bad and kept thinking no way until I finally released myself from this book and stopped reading altogether The substory was a fairytale about a king who sends his young daughter away after his wife dies because he can t bear to be reminded of the queen who died 15 years later, he is urge [...]
Reviewed by Randstostipher tallnlankyrn Nguyen for TeensReadTooNot like many others around him, Augie is pretty different, mostly because of the way he looks He isn t too fond of school and his teachers, and now that his only friend has moved away, there is no one left to stand up for him There are plenty of things Augie never thought he would do Walking into a bookstore was one of them But seeing a display with a donkey and a princess in the window, for some reason, captivated him He plops hims [...]
No Castles Here by ACE Bauer is another one of those display shelf gems from the library I was curious about the graffiti style castle on the cover, especially with the title I didn t even bother to read the blurb before deciding to read it.Augie Boretski lives with his mother in Camden, New Jersey, if you call hiding from bullies and avoiding drug dealers living His idea of escaping is a ride across the river into Philadelphia.On his most recent trip to Philly, he does something he never does H [...]
In No Castles Here, Bauer commits what I think is an unforgivable sin by writing a middle grade novel with a MESSAGE that teaches IMPORTANT LESSONS Why do children s writers do this Does an adult novelist sit down and think, Okay, what MESSAGE and IMPORTANT LESSON do I need to teach my readers today I don t think so, at least the good writers Theme, story, plot, character development are the focus, and the author gives her readers enough credit to allow them to draw their own conclusions or no c [...]
Augie lives in a bad neighborhood in Camden, New Jersey Not only does he have to worry about avoiding the drug dealers in the rundown park on the way to and from school, he also must worry about the bullies in his class Sixth grade is turning out to be quite a difficult year for him Things get even worse when he accidentally takes a book from a bookstore downtown Although Augie isn t a huge fan of reading, he finds this book of tales fascinating.When an ice storm hits the town in December, Augie [...]
Eleven year old Augie Boretski dreams of escaping his rundown neighborhood in Camden, New Jersey For one afternoon, he accomplishes this dream when he saves up for a trip to downtown Philadelphia He discovers bookstore with a magical book of fairy tales and accidentally steals it His single mother tries hard to encourage him to make friends, but Augie finds it easier to stay at home and hide from the neighborhood around him When his mother signs him up for the Big Brother program, Augie is horri [...]
When Augie accidentally steals a book of fairy tales from a bookstore in Philadelphia, his life begins to change Kind of Augie is struggling to grow up in Camden, NJ His mother is a waitress He gets bullied by some unpleasant characters at school He has the meanest teacher ever And now, his mom arranged for him to get a Big Brother, when he is way too old for that However, his Big Brother turns out to be kind and fun His teacher starts up a school chorus, which Augie enjoys And then, there s the [...]
Like The Garden of Eve by Going, this is mostly a straightforward realistic book with a touch of magic Augie is a 6th grader living in a gritty New Jersey town he tries to keep his head down but is tormented by a trio of classmates He discovers a book of fairy tales in a tiny bookstore in Philadelphia unusually for him, he begins to read and enjoy it Meanwhile, his single mother has found a Big Brother for him a great guy who happens to be gay and his favorite teacher starts a chorus that he joi [...]
This book wrote about a boy named Augie who is a timid and warm hearted boy He also likes to read books One day he ran away from his home by himself He found a interesting book and attracted by it Later, he brought it home without pay.The first day he went to school He found out he was the classmates with the worst kids in school They always hit him and snatched stuff from him Augie noticed that they had relationship with drug dealers He saw them talked to the drug dealers Wonder what happens, t [...]
I went into this book thinking it would get three stars, based on what I knew of the author and plot I was pleasantly surprised that it warrants four.The best thing about this book is that the hero does NOT find a special understanding of a fighting art, beat up his tormentors and then become their best friends He DOES find a way to see something positive in the enemy, and then is forced to make a tough moral decision regarding said enemy The second best thing about this book is that the real pe [...]
Max MeyerE.L.A 11 30 10No Castles Here What if you get beaten up almost every day What if you go out with an old brother What if your school was damaged by a storm What if they did not want to fix your school at first This book is called No Castles Here.The story was about a kid named Augie Augie lives in Camden He wanted to not get bullied by the bullies at his school At his school he is in chores But Dwaine and Fox Tooth beat him up almost every day When Augie can back to go to school the next [...]
I was a little unsure about this book at first, but I grew to love it A wonderful children s book about a sixth grade boy living in New Jersey Augie ilives in the ghettos of Camden, New Jersey, one of the few white kids in his school He is relentlessly bullied and has to find ways to fend for himself Wonderful adult characters who try to help Augie on his way his single mother Ramona, his kind neighbor Mrs Lurentushki, Walter his Big Brother, Louisa the bookshop owner, and Mr Franklin his teache [...]
Auguie Boretski tries to avoid his bully classmates daily but it s not easy when you re one of the smallest kids in your room And neither does it help that there s only one white kid in your room.I really liked this book because the author deals with several themes relevant today bullying and discrimination Augie s mother gets him a big brother who Augie later learns is gay This compounds Augie s fear of the class bullies It s not until Augie decides he s tired of being afraid and of letting th [...]
I quite enjoyed No Castles Here Well written, compelling, diverse and well developed characters, there was much to appreciate about this book Bauer did an expert job weaving together fantasy and reality in a way that left us feeling as if this story was both utterly real and completely magical Effortlessly taking it one step further she makes clear the real life magic that occurs when people band together to support something they believe in This is a fantastic story I would recommend to many Li [...]
I loved this book The book is about a boy who is being bullied so I felt really bad for him and because of that, wanted to keep reading to find out what the outcome would be Also, the details and emotions were very strong and well written I thought that the plot was introduced a little late so I couldn t get into it until somewhere in the middle part of the book Otherwise, this book was great and I want to read books by this author.
A boy trying to live unnoticed in a rough neighborhood in Camden finds a book in a bookstore that draws him into a fairytale Not literally, unfortunately He still goes to school, deals with bullies, whines about being forced into having a Big Brother by his Mom, and joins the choir.The fairytale story eventually links up in a peripheral way with Augie s contemporary life The fairytale part of the book had a better flow and a engaging style than Augie s story.
Lots of strong characters and a solid plot make for a very engaging read about a young boy who, with the help of a teacher, a bookseller and a Big Brother, figures out how to stop running from his problems.
I m debating if this ends up on the fantasy shelf, too It s kind of magical realism In parts This just came in, so I ve only skimmed it, but from what I read, it s pretty damn awesome I really liked Augie, his mother, and Walter and Roger Good stuff
I think this is a very interesting book about magic in real life, how miracles can come true event to even to a child, and how it is put through a child s point of view I like how the book is not about a normal everyday child but a child who lives near a gang and is bullied.
I may, perhaps, be biased here.
I live Camden adjacent Cherry Hill, NJ and not many books are set near me, so I need to read this.
This was really hard to get through, and it feels like an otherwise sweet story is spoiled too hard by the fantasy elements It was just distracting.
Great job weaving contemporary stories and traditional fables.
This book was recommended to me as a LGBT book, however, only a minor character is gay It s really a mess.
Author gave me a signed copy of the audio at Midwinter, and I m sorry I can t give this a better rating because she seemed very nice.
Enjoyable read, suitable for 4th 6th graders.