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Wishes are powerful things, if you belong to the MacClarity clan. You can ask Ernest for anything and he’ll make it come true, even though he’s been dead for nearly a hundred years. Puppy MacClarity doesn’t take the rumors about Ernest too seriously. But when he’s had enough of his teacher’s harassment, Puppy asks Ernest to take care of Miss Pritchett for him. Ernest doesWishes are powerful things, if you belong to the MacClarity clan. You can ask Ernest for anything and he’ll make it come true, even though he’s been dead for nearly a hundred years. Puppy MacClarity doesn’t take the rumors about Ernest too seriously. But when he’s had enough of his teacher’s harassment, Puppy asks Ernest to take care of Miss Pritchett for him. Ernest does and family secrets start to surface like magic.During a summer filled with both fear and fun, Puppy begins to realize that Ernest isn’t the only special thing about his family, and their oddities aren’t just skin deep. Too bad he didn’t know sooner....

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ISBN : 16217485
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it started with a whisper Reviews

  • Nicole Storey
    2019-03-23 14:20

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from LoP (Lovers of Paranormal GR Group). I must admit that the first 30% of this book read slow for me. I almost decided to give it up, but I'd made a commitment to my group and the author and I always follow through. I am so glad I didn't make the mistake of deleting it!This is one of the most bizarre (in a good way!) books I've ever read. After the first 30%, I could not put the book down and, best of all, I didn't know what was up or down where this family was concerned until the end of the book! The characters are heart-warming, loving, hysterical, mysterious, and magical -- right down to the crazy ravens, nosy cats, and spitting llama. I wanted to climb in the book and go to "Camp", too! As unique as the family and "pack" are, THIS is the type of environment every kid dreams of growing up in.I really hope we hear from Puppy and the gang again. I can't imagine the adventures being over. I loved the book so much, I signed up for the author news letter, as I can't wait to read more of her work. I will make a wish to Earnest to please persuade Hartoin to make this into a series!

  • Debbie
    2019-04-05 12:22

    It Started with a Whisper by A.W. HartoinI received this book in exchange for an honest review by the Author and the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.comA wonderful coming of age book, filled with wonder, charm and a little whimsy. It is a fun, well written story with a plot that moves along at a good pace and has a surprising twist at the end. I absolutely fell in love with the host of crazy and wonderful characters, including the ancestral ghost. The Author understands those troublesome teenage years very well and perfectly reflects it in this engaging book. A very entertaining read that will appeal to lovers of YA books.

  • Heather Lawson
    2019-03-31 16:30

    I began reading this novel back in June and was instantly gripped by the characters and plot. It Started With A Whisper is a fantastic YA book about a boy named Puppy and his very weird family.Puppy has had a horrible year at school with his teacher ‘bitch’ Pritchett. Puppy’s family – the MacClarity’s – always turn to their ancestor Ernest in times of need, and that’s just what Puppy did. He wanted Ernest to take care of his teacher. When the family goes to Camp for the summer strange things start to happen. Puppy discovers a strange, dangerous man on Ernest’s land and his fun-filled summer turns into a scary nightmare.There were so many characters in this book with big personalities it was a little hard to keep track of them at times. Although the book is long – 900+ pages – I was never bored. The plot moved along at a good pace. There are strange ravens, a vengeful llama, magic and mystery – everything that makes a good book great. There’s a great twist at the end too. I was left with a very satisfied feeling once finished. Would definitely recommend this novel to others.

  • Allyson
    2019-03-29 11:01

    I received this book thru LOP for an honest review. Thank you again I loved it! This was a great story. I loved the characters and how the family stuck together no matter what the situation is. A great flowing story with twist and turns, lots of heart & magic. I loved how A W Hartoin wrote this story as if you feel like your there with the characters. If you need a great read pick this book up you will love it I know I did.

  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    2019-03-31 15:13

    Originally posted at: LASR BEST BOOK!!Every time I hear the name of this book, it makes me want to dance around the room and sing for a minute, I loved it! I mean – with crazy ravens, weird cats, a vengeful, spitting llama, genius older cousins, a boy named Puppy, mysterious moms and a protective ancestral ghost – what’s not to love?This family is completely dysfunctional but in the best possible way. The best part about this family, though, is that even though everyone is different, they all love and support each other no matter what, even when they don’t agree. While blood-related family is very important to all of them, they also pull others into their “pack” and consider them family. If anyone messes with someone in their pack, they will end up answering to all of them. The presence of unconditional love, acceptance and loyalty is never questioned by family or friends throughout the book and the kids all stick together like glue. Every teenager should get to experience this environment.Initially, I wasn’t too sure about reading a book with a main character named Puppy. Then, I started reading it and found out that not only was it a nickname from his mom but it had also carried over to school, teachers and friends and it became even weirder. But somehow it worked. It gave the character a chance to rise above what you expect with a moniker like “Puppy”. Puppy is a lovable, easy-going typical teenager most of the time, but the protective man in him rises to the surface when needed. Puppy stumbles into some adventure (and trouble), with rest of the pack right there to help him, but ultimately there is a moment when it comes down to Puppy alone. In that moment, I think we see Puppy transition from the more innocent childhood days to his real journey to the person he will eventually become.The pack spends the summer at what they all call “camp”, which is some rural family property with a lake, a creek and woods. With the ever-present ghost of Puppy’s ancestor, shown in very interesting and fun ways, and the question of exactly what it is the moms can do, there is an element of intrigue and mysticism that carries through the entire book. The plot moves along very smoothly and is, at times, fast-paced with some moments that kept me on the edge of my seat.With two sets of twins, plus moms that are twins, and a multitude of friends and other people that make appearances in the book, it would be easy to start confusing characters but the author does an excellent job of making them all very individual. Even the animals become unique and memorable. This book is very well written, with enough twists and turns to keep my attention from beginning to end, including one incredibly late night.One of the things that I loved is the song list at the beginning of the book. Throughout the book various characters (usually the moms) are singing different songs – which will end up being one of the songs from the list. I love music and it’s usually a big part of the lives of most of the teenagers that I know, so I love that this is included as a focal point and not just as a background element. In contrast, one thing I was slightly confused by was the elephant. Was it a way to give honor or invoke/evoke? I was just never really sure. I don’t want to say much more than that because I don’t want to give anything away.There are a lot of lessons to be learned with this book, but not in an in-your-face kind of way. The lessons are subtle, which is perfect for young adults. It is fun, reads at the perfect pace, with mystery, intrigue and hilarious antics of some of the more zany members of the pack. I’ve read that this might be a series (not confirmed by any reliable sources) and I’m really hoping that they are right. I would love to spend some more time with this group. They were just a lot of fun and I was always anxious to see what sort of mess they were going to get themselves into next!

  • Elena Linville
    2019-03-23 13:23

    Ernest "Puppy" McClarity has only one wish: that Miss Pritchett, his dreaded math teacher, leaves him alone on the last day of school, so he makes a wish to his great-granddad Ernest to take care of her for him. Only wishes are a powerful thing when you are a McClarity, and old Ernest always watches over his own, even if he is long dead.I absolutely loved It Started with a Whisper. It has magic and paranormal elements in it, but they are presented in such a manner that a lot can be seen as coincidences or weird accidents. This book is not about the all-powerful witches that smite their enemies with deadly spells. It's about a family that loves each other and their land, and would do anything to protect each other as well. I loved all the characters in this book. The McClarity clan is big, colorful and full of crazy people. They biker, they fight with each other, but they also have fun and love each other unconditionally. And they are all fully fleshed and tridimensional characters. I felt like I was right there at Camp with them, just another member of the Pack. And Great-grandpa's Ernest old homestead, or the Camp as everyone calls it, is described with such love and attention to detail, that I could picture it perfectly in my head as well. That's actually one of the reasons I loved this book so much - it reminded me of the summers I spent at my grandparents summerhouse when I was a child. It was in a remote village in Russia where everybody knew each other and nobody ever locked their doors. All the kids would play together from dawn till dusk, and nobody worried where we were. That long-forgotten feeling of freedom, of summer heat and lazy afternoons swimming in the pond or exploring the woods behind the village, I managed to recapture it again while I read this book. And for that, Mrs. Hartoin, I thank you.This story is less about magic, and more about Puppy slowly leaving his childhood behind and realizing that actions have consequences, and that sometimes things are not what they seem, and neither are people. Nothing is black or white, and even the hated teacher who had been so awful to him all year long might do so because she is profoundly unhappy and just lashing out. It's a coming of age story and it's executed perfectly. Puppy is a typical 14 year old boy who has just barely left childhood and suddenly discovered that girls might as well be aliens from Tau Centori, because they are just as puzzling. Like any other boys his age, he is awkward around them, unsure of himself and slightly embarrassed about his mother always dropping him at school at least 30 mins late. All he wants at the beginning of the book is spend a fun summer at Camp with his family and friends, and hope that Beatrice, the llama that seems to hate him for some reason, doesn't spit on him too often.But when real disaster strikes and some of his actions have grave consequences, he steps up and does what is right. By then end of the story, Puppy has turned into a good man, a man Grandpa Ernest would be proud of.I thoroughly enjoyed It Started With a Whisper and my time spent at Camp with the McClarities. On this cold and dreary season it was a much needed breath of summer heat. I would definitely pick up the next book when it comes out in 2015, because I wouldn’t mind coming back for a visit… as long as I'm invited. Because bad things happen to people who step on Ernest’s land uninvited.PS. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review through LibraryThing.

  • Amie's Book Reviews
    2019-04-17 16:21

    IT STARTED WITH A WHISPER by A.W. HartoinThe book begins with: "People think I wanted revenge on Miss Pritchett. I did, of course. Who wouldn't? But my intentions had unintended consequences. Nobody believes that though. My family thinks I knew what I was doing. But how could I plan the events of that summer? So many variables. A crazed llama, feuding cousins, not to mention Miss Pritchett herself. I couldn't control them."After a tough freshman year at high school, Ernest (or Puppy as everyone calls him) is looking forward to spending his summer at the family cottage. His cousins and friends will also be joining him at "Camp."The Goodreads book description:"Wishes are powerful things, if you belong to the MacClarity clan. You can ask Ernest for anything and he’ll make it come true, even though he’s been dead for nearly a hundred years. Puppy MacClarity doesn’t take the rumors about Ernest too seriously. But when he’s had enough of his teacher’s harassment, Puppy asks Ernest to take care of Miss Pritchett for him. Ernest does and family secrets start to surface like magic.During a summer filled with both fear and fun, Puppy begins to realize that Ernest isn’t the only special thing about his family, and their oddities aren’t just skin deep. Too bad he didn’t know sooner."The author does a terrific job of describing the characters in the book, including Puppy's mother. He says that people consider her both strange and Bohemian. "Once I found out what bohemian meant, I agreed. Who else wore corsets over men's suits or lederhosen to the Fourth of July picnic? Maybe I should have cared, but I didn't. She was Mom and I was used to it."Fun, silly, whimsical, hilarious, mysterious and intriguing. All in all this was a fun and entertaining read. The only small issue I had with this book was that there were a few instances where sexual situations were mentioned that I believe should have been left out of the book completely. It is because of those few pages that this book is inappropriate for kids under 13. If not for that, this could easily have been rated as a book for all ages. Also, I don't think that they added to the story at all and were therefore unnecessary. Maybe the author was trying to increase the book's appeal to teenage boys, but I still believe those parts could have been eliminated.Also, the book contains a lot of characters and at times I found it hard to keep who was who straight in my mind. However, each of these people added to the plot-line in their own way. This book is definitely worth reading and I give it a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Paula
    2019-03-25 15:17

    R2R (LoP) : It Started with a WhisperI received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.Being part of the legendary MacClarity clan, Ernest or to be precise Puppy, has a lot of interesting things to contend with. Puppy is named after his grandfather Ernest and the family lore goes, you can light the incense, in the elephant holder and wish for something and Ernest will make it come true. All families have stories, but this family is slightly different in theirs. Getting ready for summer, Puppy is ending his school year, with the worst teacher ever, Miss Pritchett. She makes everyones life a living hell, but she targets Puppy, day in and day out. Packing up, to leave for their summer camp, Puppy asks for something and Ernest hears him. But, the outcome of this secret wish is not at all what it appears and draws all of the characters closer together.'If I'd been paying closer attention in the months and years before that summer I would've seen the truth. It was painfully obvious who we are and who I am. I deserve what I got for being so dense and, in the end, I forgave myself for my blindness because it saves a life, perhaps tow. Besides, all the paths that I could possibly have taken would all lead to the same place. Ernest made sure of it. So that strange summer that began with a haircut and a wish would end in a disaster no matter what, and it was exactly what I asked for.'What a fun new look, at the family myth and magic. All of the characters are really well developed and I loved the interaction between Puppy and the nasty llama. Very fast paced and well thought out. The ending was a little predictable, but the story was so well written that it didn't matter. Loved it and cannot wait to read more by this author!

  • Pam
    2019-03-24 08:27

    Puppy comes from a different family than other people. His family has powers even he isn't sure about, crazy animals, a ghost of one of his ancestors and the family is actually called the Pack which includes people who might not be related by blood but are the same thing to them. The fun really begins when a teacher makes Puppy angry and he enlist the help of the family ghost to pay them back. That is just the beginning to the fun as the Pack goes to the Camp for the summer and mystery fun, growing up and more happen to Puppy and the rest of the Pack kids.I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It completely blowed me away in how magnificent it is. This story is how Puppy begins to really grow up in a strange family. He does a lot of things that make him seem the kid he is but towards the end you see he is starting to grow up. This book has plenty of laughs as the kids get into different stuff and with the ghost around it is always interesting. The author does a fantastic job writing this book as you feel you are in the Camp with Pack truly you feel part of the Pack by the time you finish this book. I really hope to see more of this story as Puppy and the other have so much potential to go on. I am trying to review this without spoilers so I will say for a story with morals that you can read underneath all the other stuff, a different kind of family with powers and a boy slowly becoming an adult pick this up. It is fantastic.

  • Billie Jo
    2019-04-09 11:18

    This was a fantastic coming-of-age story, I love that there were so many eclectic characters to get to know! I always enjoy a fun read and this was just that "FUN",I was never bored at any point while reading this!! This was a home-run in the writing department in my opinion. You get to meet "Puppy" a young boy that is having trouble with his teacher, and turns to "Ernest" the family's ancestor that seems to always help in that department, and gets a little bit more than he bargains for. I would love to see this type of book turned into a film, such a wild, heart-warming menagerie of characters to fall in love with. I especially loved the spitting llama, this story just has so much to offer people of all ages that no one can go wrong reading this little gem.I actually read this to my 9 year old daughter when I finished and she loved it also!!! Great Book!! 5 Stars absolutely..... Thanks A. W Hartoin for opening my eyes to a new and wonderful world!!!!

  • A.G. Lindsay
    2019-04-11 14:06

    This was a wonderful coming-of-age book, with lots of action, twists and turns, and great characters. Told mostly in first-person by the protagonist, Puppy, the author gives a realistic look at his thoughts, his dysfunctional but close family, and his growing sense that there is more going on in the world than he perceives.There are dangers (real and only perceived), a change of heart, and a bad guy who is truly bad. There is also an ornery llama, pesky ravens, and two cats who know more than you'd think.The book was engaging and engrossing, and I understand why the author had to switch occasionally to another viewpoint, but I wish it could all have been told by the protagonist, since the first switch was a kind of "huh?" moment.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-19 15:22

    This may be the best book I have read this year. I will be thinking about it for years. All through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy. It is so real. The characters, the personalities, the emotions. If magic were real this is what it would be like. This could be a TV series- but it might be too rough- then the tv-execs would tone it down and ruin it. But it could be a movie. Hartoin has created a world that is SO real I can see the wind snaking through the grass and lifting the leaves. It made me cry. And laugh. This....I cannot find words that I have not already said. GOOD BOOK!

  • Miranda Failor
    2019-04-08 15:09

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Lovers of ParanormalThis is book had all things paranormal! From a spiting llama to an ancestor ghost. It was a fun and entertaining read full of crazy and wonderful characters. It’s about a boy name Puppy who comes from a very odd family. Even though Puppy doesn’t really believe in the stories about Ernest, he calls upon him to take care of Miss Pritchett. That’s when all the secrets and fun start to surface.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-19 15:07

    It tells the story of Puppy and his summer at 'the camp' with his crazy family, here he discovers that his neighbour is none other than the teacher who has been causing him no end of grief within school, so him and the rest of 'the pack' try and see how far they can push their luck , little do they know that it will be a summer none of them will ever forget. Well written and will have you laughing in no time, well worth reading

  • Soumya
    2019-04-01 15:27

    Sure, there is magic in this book. But, I thought most of the story wasn't about magic. it was Just about the lives of these young kids from an unconventional family. The book was well written. once I started reading it, I could Not put it down. I found this book on as it was offered free for a couple of days After its release on kindle. looks like it is Not free anymore. but imo worth reading.

  • Cindy
    2019-03-21 15:10

    I see almost all good reviews for this book, so I'm afraid I have to cast a dissenting vote. Yes, I liked Puppy as a character, and his whole crazy family. But from the preview of the book and from the reviews, I expected something different. This had a lot more adult content than I was expecting. Lots of swearing and wow, so much frank sexual content that I wasn't prepared for either. It was too bad because I would have enjoyed it so much more without it.

  • Deborah
    2019-03-28 15:18

    This was just ok for me. I couldn't really get lost in the book. The characters were good, multi faceted like I like. But I never really found that spark that made me care what happened to them. It was well written and a nice storyline. I just couldn't get into the book the way I would have liked too.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-02 08:06

    This is actually a cute little book. Perfect for the 6-8th graders who will love it! It has a little magic and little bit of school issues, but mainly it is an easy fun read. I read it because lots of GoodRead people seemed to like it. and I was stressed and wanted something that didn't require my brain to work. Satisfied that perfectly, so let's say 3.5.

  • Jai
    2019-04-08 11:15

    Here's more of AW Hartoin's well developed characters and outrageous circumstances with a moral backstory lightly interspersed. There's a llama with Puppy's name on it, a "Pack" of tricky kids, two eccentric mothers and a teacher we would all like to get even with. Suitable for YA of all ages.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-21 12:05

    I have read this book 3 times this summer. Hartoin is a master of the skill of showing, not telling. The characters are rich and believable. As crazy as this family is, you want to be part of the pack. This is not just a book for young people.

  • Riley
    2019-04-16 12:23

    This book pulled me in and I needed to find out what would happen. All the kids in the book were so really. It had a bit of magic, a bit of crazy parents and a bit of the dark side of human beings.