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Mull, Brandon.
New York : Aladdin, 2011
IL 5-8, RL 5.1
ISBN 141699792X

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Meet Jason Walker.  He is just your average boy living an average, boring life.  He goes to school.  He plays baseball, and he volunteers at the local zoo. One day, all this changes.  When Jason falls through a crack in the hippo tank, he finds himself in a totally different world.  Here he meets Rachel who has also found herself trapped in Lyrian.    The two teens try desperately to find a way out but get caught up in a power struggle in Lyrian.  Jason knows one syllable of a magic word that will free the citizens of Lyrian.  And he sets off on a quest to find the rest of the word.  This is the first book in the Beyonders series.

Booktalk #2

A World Without Heroes is an addictive blend of fantasy, humor, and heroic quest. Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

Jason stumbles across a book bound with human skin and learns of a secret word with the power to unmake Maldor--knowledge that puts Jason in grave danger. Galloran, a blind king who once searched for the word himself, introduces Jason to Rachel, another Beyonder (as people from Earth are called) who had appeared in Lyrian at the same time. Jason and Rachel set out to retrieve the word, as they find their way home and the resulting pages are filled with adventure, drama, loyalty and betrayal.  (Booktalk by Julie Bolin for 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice nominee)

SUBJECTS:     Space and time -- Fiction.
                        Revolutions -- Fiction.
                        Wizards -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Heroes -- Fiction.

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