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Mr. Universe


Series
Orca Sounding

by
Arthur Slade

Edition
Paperback
Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Imprint
Orca
ISBN
9781459826885
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Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use
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In this high-interest accessible novel for teen readers, Michael accidentally finds himself in an alternate universe being chased by scary lizard men in gray suits.

Seventeen-year-old Michael goes to visit his eccentric mad-scientist uncle who, busy working on yet another time-travel experiment in his cluttered lab, barely notices him. He keeps muttering things like “quantum multiverse transporter” and Michael has to entertain himself. Which is how Michael accidentally ends up in an alternate universe. Everything looks remarkably similar to his own world but with a few key differences, like lizard men dressed in gray suits and three-wheeled vehicles. And then there's Emily, a sassy, confident girl who needs Michael's help before he can find his way back to his own dimension.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

128

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 5"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

HL420L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Time Travel, Adventure

Topics

Multiverse. Uncles. Time travel. Human-alien encounters. Alternate universes. Adventure. School. Friends. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–This hi-lo title follows Michael, a teenager who gets caught up in a science experiment gone wrong. Michael is visiting his mad-scientist uncle for the weekend when he accidentally gets transported to a parallel universe. He quickly meets and becomes enamored with Emily, a girl who also does not seem to belong in this universe. The two of them find themselves on the run from a team of mysterious “gray men” with lizard eyes and sharp teeth who claim to be restoring balance by erasing people in this universe. While the book has clear sci-fi themes, the plot does not get bogged down by the technical elements of alternate universes and takes a breezy and humorous approach to the topic. For example, the alternate universe features three-wheeled cars, and everyone’s phones are circular and from a tech company called “Orange.” Michael and Emily’s relationship veers into relatable teenage crush territory. The book is highly readable, with short chapters and text written at a third-grade reading level. A number of features designed for accessibility are also included, including dyslexia-friendly font and a larger trim size. Other than Michael’s dark hair, most characters’ appearances aren’t described. VERDICT A fun, action-packed choice for striving middle and high school readers interested in science fiction.–Kathryn Ferrante, Renbrook Sch., West Hartford, CT

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–This hi-lo title follows Michael, a teenager who gets caught up in a science experiment gone wrong. Michael is visiting his mad-scientist uncle for the weekend when he accidentally gets transported to a parallel universe. He quickly meets and becomes enamored with Emily, a girl who also does not seem to belong in this universe. The two of them find themselves on the run from a team of mysterious “gray men” with lizard eyes and sharp teeth who claim to be restoring balance by erasing people in this universe. While the book has clear sci-fi themes, the plot does not get bogged down by the technical elements of alternate universes and takes a breezy and humorous approach to the topic. For example, the alternate universe features three-wheeled cars, and everyone’s phones are circular and from a tech company called “Orange.” Michael and Emily’s relationship veers into relatable teenage crush territory. The book is highly readable, with short chapters and text written at a third-grade reading level. A number of features designed for accessibility are also included, including dyslexia-friendly font and a larger trim size. Other than Michael’s dark hair, most characters’ appearances aren’t described. VERDICT A fun, action-packed choice for striving middle and high school readers interested in science fiction.–Kathryn Ferrante, Renbrook Sch., West Hartford, CT

Grades 6-12
Hi-Lo PG Middle/High
For Grades 6-12

Entertaining, age-appropriate topics combined with short chapters and simple sentences make the 12 books in this category interesting and accessible to teens who struggle to read. For middle and high school students who prefer titles without edgy content.

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