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Friday, March 7, 2008

GRREAT New SF/Fantasy Series

Title: Paraworld Zero
Author: Matthew Peterson
Illustrator: Matthew Peterson

Publisher and/or Distributor: Blue Works
Publisher Website:
Pages: 251
ISBN: 9781590924914
Price: $16.99
Publishing Date: 2008
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating: 5 hearts

Twelve-year-old orphan Simon Kent is a much abused nerd at school who wears glasses he doesn’t need in hopes that bullies won’t hit him. He has a whole drawerful of broken glasses, so that doesn’t work so well. All that changes when he accidentally meets Tonya, a girl whose hair changes colors like a giant mood ring and comes from a parallel universe. Simon discovers he can perform magic and uses it when he and Tonya find themselves running for their lives between parallel worlds.

This is the first in a wonderful series for mid-grade young adults that promises many more adventures. The author has mastered the formula for injecting a constantly increasing level of tension in his story. No, this does not replace Harry Potter. It’s totally different—it’s more SF than fantasy and definitely more American cultural oriented. This series should become a bestselling set of stories. We rated it an almost perfect five hearts.

1 comment:

Matthew Peterson said...

Thanks for the nice review of Paraworld Zero. I'm happy that you enjoyed it. I've been doing some school visits lately and it's so enjoyable to see everyone's reactions as they read my book.