Yet Another Review for SIMON BLOOM, THE GRAVITY KEEPER!
(School Library Journal, April issue)
Gr 4-7—Simon Bloom, an average sixth grader who has made a habit of keeping his head down and out of trouble, discovers a 'teacher′s edition' physics manual that allows him to control gravity, velocity, and other physical properties. With his newfound powers, along with some new friends, he must face a rogue member of the mysterious Order of Physics who seeks to overturn the laws of nature. Part 'Harry Potter,' part The Hitchhiker′s Guide to the Galaxy, with a hint of 'Goosebumps' thrown in for good measure, Simon Bloom is a solid choice for the intended audience. The book has a standard plot and characters that rarely rise above one-dimensional; what saves it is the playful yet respectful way that Reisman integrates actual physics into the story. While his characters are running around fighting people with ridiculous names, they are also learning about Newton′s laws of gravity, motion, and velocity. With its mixture of humor, fast-paced action, and science fiction, this book will certainly appeal to many readers. Hopefully, it will get them interested in learning more about the real science, not the kind that enables kids to fly or shoot electricity, but the kind that still does some pretty cool things.—Steev Baker, Kewaskum Public Library, WI