Notes From A Spinning Planet #1: Ireland   -     By: Melody Carlson
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Notes From A Spinning Planet #1: Ireland

Random House / 2006 / Paperback

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Country bumpkin Maddie Chase becomes a veteran globetrotter when she flies to Ireland. While her Aunt Sid researches an article, Maddie and Sid's godson, Ryan, explore the countryside . . . and stumble upon the truth about the IRA bomb that killed Ryan's father. Their discovery sets them on the road to danger---and romance! 256 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400071445
ISBN-13: 9781400071449
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Ages: 13-17
Series: Notes from a Spinning Planet

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Publisher's Description

It’s pretty humiliating to admit, but I’ve never flown in a plane before today. So wouldn’t you think that I’d be feeling pretty jazzed right now? Instead I keep grabbing onto these armrests as I ask myself why on earth I ever agreed to come on this frightening trip.…

Affectionately teased as a “country bumpkin,” nineteen year-old Maddie has never been one to explore new territory. Her first trip outside of the country with her Aunt Sid and Sid’s godson, Ryan, promises an exhilarating adventure. Northern Ireland is more captivating than she even imagined–and Ryan is offering plenty of intrigue himself.

As Aunt Sid researches peace camps, Maddie and Ryan explore Ireland’s rich landscape. During the journey, Maddie begins to discover more about what she wants from life, while developing a deeper friendship with her irresistible traveling companion.

When Maddie and Ryan dig for the truth about the IRA car bomb that killed Ryan’s father years ago, questions about the past accumulate. Unable to let go of growing suspicions in this mysterious country, Maddie finds herself on a dangerous journey, a journey that will lead her to the greatest discovery of all.

Author Bio

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over one hundred books for adults, children, and teens, including Finding Alice, Crystal Lies, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. The mother of two grown sons, Carlson lives in a “cabin in the woods” near the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon with her husband and a chocolate lab retriever. She is a full-time writer and an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.

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  1. Mozambique
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story
    January 3, 2013
    Diane Manu
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I thouroughly enjoyed this book because I am really interested in travelling the world. Notes from a spinning planet: Ireland really painted a beautiful picture of the country and made me feel like I was almost there myself. I was however disappointed because when I read the description it made it sound like there was a great climax, but instead I felt like it just came over a little hill and not a big mountain, the way it was described. Other than the slightly boring story plot, like I said, the descriptions of nature and of the people make it a really worthwhile read if you are into those kinds of things.
  2. Portland, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good
    November 30, 2012
    Myrna Powell
    Portland, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have visited Ireland and truly enjoyed going back by book this time. The story is wholesome and almost begs one to read the next because there surely will be more of this story. It also helps relate to the problems of Ireland on a more personal level.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    September 24, 2009
    Definitely NOT one of my favorites. Lacked suspense and adventure. It seemed that they mostly talked and ate. There were a few funny lines, but other than that, not a great book. I too didn't like that Maddie does try drinking, even if she didn't like it.
  4. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 6, 2009
    Jill Williamson
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Farm girl Maddie Chase has never gone anywhere. Thats why she jumps at the chance to travel to Ireland with her aunt Sid and Aunt Sids godson, Ryan. Aunt Sid worked at the peace camps in Ireland back when she was in college and is working on an article about where some of those kids she counseled years ago are today. Ryans motherAunt Sids best friendrecently passed away. Ryans father was from Ireland and hes hoping to piece together some clues to his past. Maddie helps her new friend look into the IRA car bomb that killed his dad. This was a fun book. I liked the idea of traveling to a new place only to find out how truly small our world is. Maddie and Ryan find his distant relatives, and Maddie stumbles onto a secret about Aunt Sids past. The mystery of it was exciting, the history and current issues with the IRA was fascinating, and the characters were fun. Maddie also comes to discover that sometimes Christians judge people without even realizing thats what theyre doing. I highly recommend this book.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 10, 2008
    So I read the above reveiws and i get where everyone is comming from on the alcohol issue, but you know the way that is is presented it that it is exactly how some teenagers struggle with their thoughts. this book is not as good as Melody's other books but in it own respect it is a very very good book.
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