Boundless, The

Kenneth Oppel
The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life! When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father and save The Boundless before someone winds up dead? “Canadian railway history, fantasy, a flutter of romance—and a thoughtful examination of social injustice—collide in this entertaining swashbuckler from the author of Printz Honor–winning Airborne” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).


Reviewed: 2016-11-22
The boundless is a wonderful story that involves adventure, mystery, murder, and a little bit of magic. The story is about a little boy named Will's who discovers that the things beyond his understanding when he goes to visit his father working on the railway and years later his father ends up owning that a real way, making a bigger and better, and taking Will along for an accidental adventure. While I'm personally not a lover of books involving magic, I am a fan of the way that this author crafted the magic into the story. It's told in a way that somethings in life just weren't meant to be understood yet and that sometimes things are beyond our own reasoning. It's also very whimsical in the sense that it just gobs now there are things that we don't understand all around us at all times and we live among them just waiting to discover them. I actually read this book simultaneously while a girl and a fourth grade class that I do reading conferences with was reading it. When we met to discuss the book I tried to question her about predictions that we could make throughout the story as well as how well his character was developing throughout. There are a lot of characters that Will meets along the way and with each one we discussed whether or not they influenced his decisions or if he influenced their's. I also had her identify the theme of each chapter parentheses theme was something she need to work on parentheses and together we learned that each chapter had a very different theme and mode to it and we talked about how they all were so different but all went together so smoothly. There's a lot of stuff that goes on in this book, between action and character development it would be easy to get lost. I think that this needs to be some sort of a guided reading to bring students to a next level reader status.
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