Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Read more...
Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world s homework and chores.
But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.
Bethany can t let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen s favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he ll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father
Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany s secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot s final ("very" final) adventure."
- ISBN-13: 9781481409193
- ISBN-10: 1481409190
- Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
- Publish Date: January 2015
- Page Count: 400
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.39 x 5.76 x 1.35 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.02 pounds
Series: Story Thieves #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-11-17
- Reviewer: Staff
When Owen discovers that his classmate Bethany can jump into fictional worlds, he’s desperate to enter his beloved Kiel Gnomenfoot series. Bethany isn’t interested in giving Owen a tour: she’s busy looking for her father, a fictional character who disappeared into a book when she was young. After Owen offers Bethany a possible way to find her father, she agrees to take him into Kiel’s book on the condition that Owen not interfere with the story. As the concept demands, self-awareness plays a big role in the narrative, and the interplay of text and metatext is one of its most entertaining aspects (“This would be huge. Bigger than saving Dumbledore,” thinks Owen, marveling at the chance to prevent the death of a beloved character). The plot gets chaotic as Owen and Bethany’s actions create a mess of repercussions in reality, and readers face the challenge of intuiting the events of an invented series while its constructs are being pulled down around them. By book’s end, though, Riley brings his interwoven levels of story to a conclusion that satisfies both intellect and narrative. Ages 8–12. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Jan.)