Monday, April 12, 2010

The 13th Reality

The weekend of Easter Mike and I were able to go visit his family in Spokane. Because it is cheaper to drive, and had to bring our dogs we packed our bags got a book on tape and left. This is the book that we got to listen to on our drive. I love that my husband will read/listen to juvenile fiction with me. Because I am a school teacher I am constantly reading books that I can recommend to my students.

Mike and I both liked the book. We thought that it was a great set up for the series. There were some parts that were kind of slow but we felt those parts were important to the set up of the book. I loved the clues and mystery of the book. I often found myself wishing I had the book so that I could stop reading and try to figure the clues out for myself. One thing both Mike and I loved about the book was that Tick (the main character) confided in his father with his problem. We also liked that Tick's dad wasn't oblivious to what was going on in his son’s life as is often the case with a lot of books where strange things are happening to children. I asked Mike what genre he thought the book was and he said Fantasy...I thought it would be better defined by three genres; fantasy, science fiction, and mystery.

                                                       Good Read's Description and Rating
Rating: 3.93 out of 5
What if every time you made a choice that had a significant consequence, a new, alternate reality was created — the life that would’ve been had you made the other choice? What if those new realities were in danger? What if it fell to you to save all the realities?

Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials “M.G.,” the letter informs Tick that dangerous — perhaps even deadly — events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. M.G. promises to send Tick twelve riddles that will reveal on a certain day, at a certain time, at a certain place, something extraordinary will happen. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues M.G. sends to him? Will he be able to solve the riddles in time? Will Tick discover the life he was meant to live?
The first volume of an outstanding new children’s fantasy series, The Journal of Curious Letters is filled with adventure, humor, riddles, and, oh, yes — danger... As M.G. warns Tick, Very frightening things are coming your way. Will you join Tick and his friends on an amazing journey through the Realities? What will your choice be?