“Life in The Realms has fallen into a sort of ‘been there, done that’ kind of routine” for Joss, the seventh and least skilled son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. The Realms occupy the dark matter of the universe and keep the whole thing running; Joss’s job is to deliver pies for the Powers That Be (PTB), pies that hold “the very fabric of the universe together.” When 12-year-old Earth resident Annika accidentally spots a pie baker in the Realms, the PTB rip Earth and its solar system out of the space-time continuum, effectively revoking its existence (“This way it’s nice and neat, and we don’t have that nagging guilt at killing off a five-billion-year-old planet,” says Joss’s father proudly). Annika herself somehow appears in the Realms, and she and Joss must recreate the entire solar system from the ground up. Full of fascinating science and clever humor, Mass’s (The Candy-makers) story shines as bright as the stars of Joss’s universe. A high-stakes extraterrestrial adventure that’s as exciting as it is fun. Ages 8–12. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/22/2013 Release date: 06/11/2013 Genre: Children's
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