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Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Review: Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch

Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch
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Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool
by Odo Hirsch

Kane Miller
ISBN-10: 1-935279-65-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-935279-65-6
Publication Date: September, 2010
List Price: $15.99

Review: Imagine yourself walking through the woods and you spot a huge hole in the ground. That’s exactly what happens to Darius Bell, age 10, in Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch.

The Bell family’s ancestors received many gifts from the town. In return, the Bell family must give the unknown gift to keep their property every 25 years. Darius thinks he has the answer to his family’s “Expensive Gift” problem – but will it do any good?

I really loved Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool. One of the most wonderful things is how the characters are created. Other than Darius, my favorite character is Paul, who always repeats what his father says. I also like how Mr. Hirsch uses commonly used sayings like “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” (This is about ½ of Paul’s vocabulary!). When I reached the point in the book in which Darius sees his solution, I rooted for Darius – but like any story’s plot, the problem had to come eventually. I loved how Mr. Hirsch used his skills to add plenty of suspense to the plot. Also, since the book is realistic fiction, I felt as if I could just jump into the characters. Speaking of good characters, let me just tell you the ending is even better. It came with a funny twist you wouldn’t have expected. Also, has it ever taken you a few chapters to get hooked on to a book? Usually I just read a sentence and I want to read on, but in this book, not only was I hooked on really fast, I kept reading because this book didn’t drag along. Instead it moved on and kept my excitement at a high level. I suggest you read Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool because it is a very intriguing book.

Review written by Sahaj (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Raab Associates, Inc. for providing a copy of Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool for this review.

Have you read Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool? How would you rate it?


  1. Thanks for your comments Sahaj! I am now thinking of reading the book.

  2. Good job Sahaj, keep it up!

  3. I'm not sure I would have picked this book up because it's title seems sort of frivolous but your review makes it sound very interesting! I think that's why reviews are important, because readers would miss good books otherwise (judging a book by its cover ... or title, as it were).