We took him off all medications and supplements and were going to try one more medication for the seizures. He and I had a very relaxing night, I just sat with him and snuggled with him and told him how much I loved him.
He did not jump on my bed as he did every single night to go to sleep. I worked from home the next day and another seizure hit, I was there for him that time and was able to comfort him. That seizure did something to him, he could not move at all again and the sparkle in his eyes was gone, he told me it was time. I called my family and friends and made the decision to say Goodnight to my Sweet Jack that afternoon on April 28th.
I told him we are not going to say Goodbye, but we are going to say goodnight since I know will see him again one day. My nephew who is almost 3 came over to see him and he said the best thing anyone could have said to me that day. We were sitting there with Jack and I told him where Jack was going and he asked me if he was going in a helicopter.
I could not believe that happened I rarely see helicopters and knew Jack was there, it made me happy knowing he will always be there and will alway be with me. I know they are bringing radiation to Richmond, which is going to be such a great option for so many animals. It will be nice to have an option where they can go for the day for treatment and then go home at the end of the day where they belong.
This was just a very small part of our journey, I have so many wonderful memories with Jack that will live on with me forever. He took a piece of my heart with him and I have his whole heart and know that he is waiting for me and I will get to see him again. And Brigit is such a sweet thing. She cares so much for her family and friends. Although quiet, she shows a great inner strength. Another redeeming factor: the Action! The story culminates in some pretty daring do's, where the characters experience a great deal of danger to save their town from the time foragers.
Like some middle schoolers. I'd be afraid, though, that even a younger kid would question the plot holes, and wind up slightly dissatisfied. Jul 11, Courtney Johnson rated it really liked it. I received an advance copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway. However, besides some typographical errors and a few spacing issues, I thought this book was great. The Time Fetch sounds like kind of a silly name, but the writing was wonderful and appropriate for a YA novel.
In this book, we meet a cast of four students - Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Brigit. There are also a few important adults, namely Ed's 'crazy aunt' Kit, who believes in appeasing the old gods and celebrating the I received an advance copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway.
There are also a few important adults, namely Ed's 'crazy aunt' Kit, who believes in appeasing the old gods and celebrating the solstice.
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The other important adult is Kit's counterpoint, Mr. Ross, the science teacher.
I'd have to say Mr. Ross is my favorite, probably because I am also a teacher who often goes on side tangents to point out 'the big picture'.
The story begins when Edward procrastinates on a science project to find a certain type of rock for Mr. Ross's science class. In a last minute scramble, he finds a shiny rock in his backyard.
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What he doesn't know is that the rock is actually the Time Fetch, which holds tiny gatherers of time. There are two things I really enjoyed about this story: 1 The author employs a writing technique that uses third person perspective, but changes its 'mood' depending on who we are currently following.
So while Feenix's perspective refers to Edward as 'Dweebo', Danton does not. It allows us to understand more about how the characters relate to each other without hitting us over the head with it.
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As a fan of Neil Gaiman's work particularly Sandman and American Gods as well as just being a general mythology nerd, I love the slight nods to things like fairies, minotaurs, etc. The only thing I didn't particularly care for is the choices of insults that the author uses; however, it's a stylistic thing. Feenix in particular is kind of a jerk, but the insults used by her seem awfully childish for a kid who is and goes to school in NYC.
But I can understand why the author wrote her that way, since this is not necessarily meant to be a realistic portrayal of kids, and makes the language appropriate for younger readers who will probably also enjoy this book. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good read and will be suggesting it as an addition to our school's library. I will also be keeping my eyes open for a possible sequel! I seem to be on a middle grade reading kick lately. I was also chuffed at it's set in Park Slope Brooklyn I'm a sucker for books set in I seem to be on a middle grade reading kick lately.
I was also chuffed at it's set in Park Slope Brooklyn I'm a sucker for books set in NYC neighborhoods I am familiar with and incorporates elements of science and folklore that tie it to both L'Engle and Cooper's classics of the genre. While Herrick manages to keep the story moving, and the climactic sequence in Prospect Park is thrilling, there are missteps here that left me sad that this wasn't the book it could have been.
As with all fiction, books for this age of audience rise and fall on character development. Because 'The Time Fetch' rotates point-of-view between four central figures, none of them are fleshed out beyond the tropes that define them: Edward is lazy, filled with existential angst and tries to slide through life, Feenix nee Edith is loud, theatrical, mean and lonely, shy, blush prone Brigit has been frozen in silence since her infant brother died unexpectedly, and Danton is easygoing, athletic, kind and generous.
Of these, Edward and Feenix have the most distinguishable characters, but both are singularly unpleasant and unlikely to be figures of identification for readers. Poor Danton is given the most ridiculous task of weaving the unlikely foursome together with a bonhomie that defies believability and left me feeling a bit embarrassed for him.
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On top of the thin characterizations, Herrick's use of folkloric elements feels insufficiently integrated into atmosphere of the story. It's as if she's taken a checklist of fantasy tropes and gone down it to be sure they are included without engaging in the world building that distinguishes stronger entries in this genre.
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For example, who is the green man and why does he make contact with the four? Why is the gathering song one that Brigit knows? Where does the Unraveler come from and where does the Fetch go when it is gathered by the seeker? It's not that all of these questions require detailed answers, but these figures appear, play a role in the plot and then vanish? How does Edward's strange aunt know what to give the children when she sends them on a quest?
I think I would have asked these questions even if I read the book at the age of ten or twelve, but perhaps my skepticism will not be shared by younger readers when the book is published in August -- I know it has a lot of fans and industry muscle behind it -- and really, it's not awful, just not great. Nov 19, Charlotte Hunter rated it really liked it. Herrick's solid writing and appealing characters make this an initially enjoyable read, in which magic and time and youthful carelessness combine to create an unusual tale about what happens to those seconds and minutes--even hours--that most of us never notice go missing.
The fetch, a small stone-like object found by Edward, is the focus of all the trouble that follows Edward's refusal to return the fetch to someone who understands it is more than a rock, and in the last quarter of the book the Herrick's solid writing and appealing characters make this an initially enjoyable read, in which magic and time and youthful carelessness combine to create an unusual tale about what happens to those seconds and minutes--even hours--that most of us never notice go missing.
The fetch, a small stone-like object found by Edward, is the focus of all the trouble that follows Edward's refusal to return the fetch to someone who understands it is more than a rock, and in the last quarter of the book the fetch releases destructive forces that threaten to destroy the world. Each of the four main characters possesses distinctive characteristics, and the reader moves from one POV to the other smoothly. Herrick doesn't manage, however, to take us deeply into these characters, and thus they end up feeling a bit thin, especially Edward's eccentric and amusing aunt who, it turns out, knows far more about what is happening than Edward has given her credit.
The book would have benefitted with more focus on her, the greengrocer, and the mystical beings who confront the four kids near the end, when the fate of the world is hanging by a tenuous thread. Too much time was given to descriptions of destruction to Brooklyn, of chasms formed, of sparkly bee-like creatures who consume time , rather than giving depth to the eccentric, appealing characters.
It's somewhat like Peter Jackson's unfortunate focus on long, dull battles--in the Lord of the Rings movies--rather than the characters who actually were the focus of Tolkien's stories. Despite these criticisms, however, it was a pleasure to read a book whose author possesses a strong grip on the English language and uses it to good effect. Aug 12, Storywraps rated it it was amazing.
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First of all let me preface this review by saying I really enjoyed this book. I have taught both grade seven and eight and I know that the kids at that age level would be very interested and happy to give it a go. Ross's Science class as an assignment. His last minute antics leads him out the First of all let me preface this review by saying I really enjoyed this book.
His last minute antics leads him out the back door of his aunt's house, where he lives, and into her garden. He pokes around in the dirt looking for something that resembles a rock so he can at least give the impression that he tried. To his delight he discovers a rough, green grey rock but he has a hard time dislodging it from the soil. He pulls and tugs and then all of sudden the rock seems to come alive and jump right into his hands. He soon will find out that this is no ordinary rock, but actually a time Fetch and its movement from the garden awakens its foragers early causing them to multiply rapidly and speed up time in his world.
Everything around him accelerates and a perilous universal time rip occurs. Edward, along with his three unlikely classmates, are drawn into a dangerous but necessary adventure to rescue their world from destruction. Oct 24, LisaSunshineGirl rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , children-s-fiction.