Read the adventures of charlie conti small sacrifices by Ben Langdon Eliza Langdon Lorin Olsen Online


This isn't a story about a normal girl. Don't get me wrong, I would love to be a normal girl, but considering my dad is a professional, unionised minion and has worked for such villainous luminaries as the Crash and Burn Twins, Doctor Death (the Third and Fourth versions), Yellow Peril and Captain Calamari, chances of living out my life with any kind of normality are prettThis isn't a story about a normal girl. Don't get me wrong, I would love to be a normal girl, but considering my dad is a professional, unionised minion and has worked for such villainous luminaries as the Crash and Burn Twins, Doctor Death (the Third and Fourth versions), Yellow Peril and Captain Calamari, chances of living out my life with any kind of normality are pretty slim. I'm surprised our family has survived this long.My name's Charlie Conti and I'm fourteen years old. I'm a bit of a nerd, I guess, because my role models are Marie Curie and Maryam Mirzakhani instead of Miley Cyrus or any of the Kardashians. I guess I have a bit of a mad scientist streak in me, although I have no interest in taking over the world or anything. I just want to live the regular kind of life. And that brings me to this story. You see, my dad has dragged me and my little brother, Luca, away from Melbourne where I've spent most of my life so far. Out of the Light and into the Darkness of regional Victoria to a coastal town called Henty Bay. Yeah, I'd never heard of it either. I can see the benefits though. After all the problems with the Port Melbourne Intifada, where Captain Calamari totally lost it and my dad ended up at the bottom of Port Phillip Bay, we had to leave the city. There were some harsh words thrown around and maybe a few vendettas were forged in the fires of the moment. So we had to move. Dad, or The Undertaker as he's known in the business, was damaged goods. The most he could hope for if he stayed in Melbourne would have been prolonged unemployment. The more likely outcome would have been a long stay in prison or a knife in the back. I'm not being melodramatic. These kinds of things do happen. The family's new plan is to move to Henty Bay so Luca and I can grow up and live normal lives. Maybe even go to university and get an office job with superannuation and a chance to grow old without having to worry about dodging laser beams and undead Vikings. My brother and I have our own little dreams. Luca wants a puppy, or a bearded dragon lizard thing; and I just want to stay longer than six months in the one school. I told you I was a nerd....

Title : the adventures of charlie conti small sacrifices
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ISBN : 29766780
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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the adventures of charlie conti small sacrifices Reviews

  • Catherine ♡
    2019-04-01 07:02

    I really enjoyed reading this story! It was fun and quirky, and the main character was easy to connect with.The plot was exciting and had the right balance between light and serious, and I definitely wanted to know more about everything.One thing I really enjoyed about this was the illustrations - they really added to the story and were cute and well-placed.

  • Vasudha Uttam
    2019-04-06 05:59

    I liked the story. It's a good children & YA book. The story was well narrated & I liked the flow as well. Would love to read other books by Ben as well!!

  • Thurston Bassett
    2019-04-08 08:03

    I love it when an author creates a fictional world that you really enjoy and then they add side, parallel and prequel stories to flesh it out.The Adventures of Charlie Conti is the beginning of a new series by Ben Langdon and this time he writes with his very talented daughter, Eliza. This story is new, fun and fresh, yet it hints of the darkness of Dan Galkin's world from The Miranda Contract. Writing from the perspective of the opposite sex is a complicated task, but writing from the perspective of a high school girl would have to be a greater challenge. Eliza's experience as a teenage girl in a technology-driven modern world has helped Langdon sculpt a wonderful and exciting new hero for this new series.Charlie Conti is a responsible young lady, who has had an out-of-the-ordinary upbringing in the world of supervillain crime in the city of Melbourne. She moves, with her father and brother, to the quiet beachside town of Henty Bay with the hope of having 'normal' adolescent life. Things don't entirely go to plan.The characters are lovable and believable and I think any reader can relate in some way to all of them. The characters are all very original. Langdon has done an amazing job of steering away from typical high school stereotypes and has created some really interesting characters. This, though, might have come from the literary genius of his fifteen-year-old daughter.I'm excited about the next release, whether it be The Halo Effect or the next installment of the Charlie Conti series, Friend Zone.

  • Freya Kilronen
    2019-03-26 04:10

    What a fun read!Told in first person, this book follows the life of Charlie (a girl genius) and her new bunch of friends. There's the normal fare of high school experiences but with a twist - you see, Charlie is 14 but she's spent her life in the shadow of a world of super villains. She's fled the City to find safety in a small beachside town and tries to be a normal girl.She is no normal girl though (it says so in the first few pages).She invents things. She knows things. And when the going gets tough she really gets going.Langdon (and little Langdon, his daughter) have written in a very realistic teenage voice - Charlie feels very real. And the illustrations are amazing. Loren Olson is an amazing choice and should be doing comic books.Overall this book delivers a light and at times pretty funny story about a teenage girl who tries to save the world, while also trying to stay as normal as she can. I recommend it for anyone, really, but it'll be well received by girls in the age range of 10-14. I'm no expert there though - I'm sending my reading copy to my niece who is twelve and she is keen.

  • Serena
    2019-04-23 04:59

    Charlie Conti just moved to a new town, leaving behind Melbourne and lots of memories, good and bad. She has a family history, and while she tries to embrace Henty Bay as home, there's a question of if Henty Bay can embrace her. She makes her first friend in Jade, the daughter of the owner of the Chinese restaurant they live atop of. Charlie's first day has her meeting Will and has her feeling like this move might work out for the better. Later her little brother's love of jodo has her meeting a friend-enemy, Nakaya. There's also the bad boy, Dan (who later stars in The Miranda Contract) who uses his uberhuman electrical powers for good when face to face with a angery Aztec goddess. Lots of strange things happen in Henty Bay, shrinking fathers, dangerous teachers, stun guns, ray runs, robbers making off with gold and booster seats. Charlie Conti may not be ready for all of it, but she's not running away.

  • Lori
    2019-04-12 10:19

    I really enjoyed reading this book..It's a adventure filled book of a teenage girl with some mad scientific skills.she's kind of like a superhero. it also has little good-looking drawings along the way too.and I really like how Dan made his appearance at the end. the characters are all enjoyable and funny.Charlie's just my favorite and all her antics.of course were left with a cliffhanger .and a lot of unanswered questions about the I'm looking forward to reading Mr Langdon next book. I really enjoy how the author writes and :has other books you might enjoy too.It's a fun book. Great for kids and adults of you want to read something fun for once.

  • Ben Langdon
    2019-04-17 06:56

    I loved writing this book and unleashing the genius of Charlie Conti, aged 14. There's a lot of love in this book, and writing in first person gave me a chance to explore a different, more personal form of writing. I hope you enjoy it.There are also links to my novel, The Miranda Contract, and the two series will be intertwined - although they can also be enjoyed by themselves.Send me a message if you have any questions, or raise a question here on Goodreads.

  • James Joyce
    2019-04-22 07:00

    I enjoyed Ben Langdon's "The Miranda Contract" and this book takes place in the same world, but is not connected, storywise. Not a sequel.I enjoyed Charlie's voice and found the read very easy. Admittedly, I wasn't quite able to get into the story as well as the previous book, but I don't believe it was the writing, so much as it being aimed more clearly to a younger audience. Altogether worth the read, for the unique voice.

  • Chrissy Prior
    2019-04-05 10:08

    Ok so this was a book I wouldn't usually read but I'm glad I did. Charlie is a likeable character with an interesting family and past, who just wants to live a normal life as a teenager. There's subtle humour throughout the book which I loved. I like how Charlie ends up allies with her enemy too. The ending leaves us wanting to know what happens next. Well written story. Well done Eliza and Ben Langdon.

  • Louise
    2019-04-08 10:17

    14 year old girl saves her town and her dad? Pretty cool. She does it using a criminal genius brain and specky inventions like a shrink ray and a freeze ray. Sounds a bit daggy but it's really sweet. Charlie Conti is a memorable hero. I can hear her speaking in my head - especially at the supermarket.

  • Tom
    2019-04-17 08:14

    Reading Kalamity Press books. Australian authors, characters and locations. Charlie Conti is a super fast read and shows a good control of writing. Aimed at children and young teens there's a lot to like in this book. Charlie is a great hero and role model. I'd like to see more attention to the science and inventions but maybe in later books. Recommended.

  • Melissa ownsbey
    2019-04-25 09:04

    Thank you for letting me reviewThe artwork though out the bookWas niceI enjoyed thebookIt was a fast fun readSomthing for young readersTo read and enjoy

  • Hayley Camille
    2019-04-03 05:50

    This is a wonderful book and great adventure. My boys and I loved reading it together. The characters are sharp, funny and kids of that age will relate well. Definitely worth a read!

  • Eric
    2019-03-26 05:51

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  • Nevada
    2019-04-12 09:54

    This book has a lot of stuff going for it. The characters, world and writing are all well-done and entertaining. I would also like to make special mention of the illustrations inserted into the book, I really enjoyed them and they were so appropriate for the timing of the book (I get really irritated when pictures showing a specific scene from the book are inserted a couple pages early or late). It's been a while since I read a book with pictures, and I found that quite I liked it, especially for this type of book.While the plot and the story are definitely geared for the 11 - 18 age range, the writing is not. There is a smart use of vocabulary with descriptive prose. There were several times that the writing made me chuckle and I took a minute to stop and appreciate the creative situation that the characters found theirself in. The cat litter and baby diapers were used to perfection, tossing the scooter was spot-on - I would have done that too.Some minor complaints are that 1) I would have enjoyed a little bit more science from the character that was tinkering and sciencing her way out of her problems; and 2) some more explanation about what happened to her mom since it plays a pivotal part in her character development and is directly mentioned in the final action sequence - I felt like the lack of background took away the poignancy of that moment, it was just something I was reading, not experiencing.I definitely recommend this book for t(w)eens and adults looking for an enjoyably lite read.