The Journal of Curious Letters
Book One of The 13th Reality Series
This fantasy contains mystery, danger, riddles, alternate worlds, known as realities, and 13 curious letters. These mysterious letters are sent to many children from all over the world. Thirteen-year old Atticus Higgenbottom, better known as Tick, receives his first letter, postmarked from Alaska, from MG (later you learn that MG stands for Master George). In the letter, Tick is told that he will be receiving 12 more letters with clues that he must solve in order to save the lives of many people. Each clue contains a riddle which must be solved by a certain date in order to complete the mission. MG warns him that it will be dangerous and challenging. He must solve the riddles to prove that he is up to the challenge. Tick with the help of his internet friends, Sophia, from Italy, and Paul, from California, attempt to solve the clues. During their adventure they meet two characters from alternate realities sent to help them: Mothball, a tall and slender lady who is almost 8 feet tall, and Rutger, a short and stout man. This leads into the theory of Quantum Physics and parallel worlds in relation to the 13 Realities.
The danger and secrecy makes Tick unsure about facing his challenge alone. Tick finally asks his father for advice. His father takes Tick to Alaska to talk to the postmaster about the first letter. While there they meet Sophia and together they seek out the postmaster. They find him hiding in his house scared from his encounter with MG and Mistress Jane.
Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues M.G. sends to him? Will the children be able to solve the riddles in time? What will happen if they fail? Will they learn the meaning of the 13th Reality?
Readers will have a hard time putting this book down. The reader will want to find out what the 13th Reality is and if Tick, Sophia, and Paul find out the answers. The ending will reveal some surprises and lead into the next book of the series.
I would recommend this book to both boys and girls ages 8 and up. The reading level is for Grades 5-8.
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