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Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's 1950 story "The Veldt," Skurzynski's (Good-Bye, Billy Radish) imaginative science fiction tale never lets up its thrilling pace. In the year 2015, Darci Kane, 11, moves out of decaying Baltimore into a leafy suburban housing development. Shortly afterward, the Animal Control Division informs the Kanes that they must get rid of Darci's beloved dog Chip because someone has complained about his barking. Thinking that the complainant is their neighbor Mrs. Galloway, Darci, Chip and her dad visit the old woman. There, amidst Mrs. Galloway's 20th-century "antiques," the co-owner of Rent-A-Memory is setting up a virtual reality room (VROOM) so that Mrs. Galloway can relive the best moments of her life. When the Animal Control officers burst in, Darci and Chip hide in the VROOM and end up trapped in Mrs. Galloway's past, which, through "teleportation," becomes very real, not virtual. Mrs. Galloway, determined not to be cheated out of her happy memories, gets inside the VROOM and jams it shut. Alarmingly, the VROOM begins to recreate unhappy times too-with potentially deadly results for all inside. The best and brightest adult minds can't figure out how to fix the VROOM, but Darci's pal Erik, a computer buff, saves the day (after battling the street gang that has terrorized him). Excellent middle-grade SF. Ages 8-12.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002782926X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027829266
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,612,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
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This is my all-time favorite book. I've personally read it two or three times, renting it from my school's library. If you like sci-fi stories or high-tech equipment, this book is definately for you!
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By E. Burns on December 12, 2009
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This is a quick read, and a nice science fiction story for middle-schoolers, which is hard to find. I think it would be interesting for a 6th or 7th grader. Unfortunately, the cover art is pretty boring, so you might not get a middle schooler to even pick it up.

The plot revolves around a machine designed for people to re-live their fondest memories. A girl and her dog get trapped inside this machine, along with the elderly lady who rented it. Things start to go wrong, and, instead of simply watching the memories in 4-D, they are somehow transported to the actual events. Next thing you know, it's not just happy memories that are being experienced, but tragic events that place the girl and her dog in danger, while her friends and family on the outside of the machine work frantically to rescue her.

The vocabulary is not difficult. The only reason I don't recommend it for younger grades is because of themes of suicide and the nature of the tragic memories that are experienced. Spoiler below. Stop reading if you don't want to know what happens.

Spoiler: the old lady sets out to kill herself, but doesn't succeed. Also, the tragic event that is re-lived is when the woman's young child gets swept away by a tornado.

I enjoyed this book, as I have other books by Gloria Skurzynski.
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