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Length: 168 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12

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Moving at a slower pace than the underground train that plays a pivotal role here, this cryptic tale launches Lerangis's (The Yearbook; It Came from the Cafeteria) Watchers series. Though somewhat skeptical, David shares his mother's hope that his father, who disappeared six months earlier, is still alive. Riding the "subrail" one day, David watches in amazement as the train suddenly stops at an eerily lit, long-abandoned station, where one man disembarks and another?the boy's missing father?waves at the train as it zooms away. When a woman who "specializes in mysterious disappearances and the life in the hereafter," suggests that David has the ability to see into a parallel life, the 13-year-old senses that his father is indeed waiting somewhere for him. A concluding scene brings a fresh, unanticipated twist to this otherwise unsurprising story, as father and son do hook up, but only after much tiresome sleuthing by David and a friend. Occasionally, ambiguous remarks in white type appear on black pages ("We've lost him"; "This was not part of the plan"; "He's smart. That's why we need him"), suggesting the voices of the eponymous "Watchers" who appear to have some control over who enters the "other side." At ride's end, this isn't sufficiently compelling to warrant buying a ticket for Rewind, the next installment, also due this month. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Peter Lerangis (b. 1955) is a bestselling author of middle-grade and young-adult fiction whose novels have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lerangis was working in musical theater when he began editing fiction, which eventually led to writing novels of his own. He got his start writing novelizations under the pen name A. L. Singer, as well as installments of long-running series such as the Hardy Boys and the Baby-sitters Club. Lerangis began publishing under his own name with 1994’s The Yearbook and Driver’s Dead.
 
In 1998 Lerangis introduced Watchers, a six-novel sci-fi series that won Children’s Choice and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers awards and led to an invitation to dine with the President of Russia at the White House. His other work includes the Abracadabra novels; the Spy X series; Drama Club, a four-book series about high-school theater based on his own Broadway experiences; and exactly three and a quarter books in the New York Times–bestselling 39 Clues series. He lives with his family in New York City, not far from Central Park. 

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  • File Size: 971 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (March 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DFUMP8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Peter Lerangis's books have sold over 5.5 million copies and been translated into 33 languages. Titles include eight N.Y. Times bestsellers: THE COLOSSUS RISES, LOST IN BABYLON, THE TOMB OF SHADOWS, and THE CURSE OF THE KING in THE SEVEN WONDERS series; and THE SWORD THIEF, THE VIPER'S NEST, one-fourth of VESPERS RISING, and THE DEAD OF NIGHT in THE 39 CLUES series. His work also includes the YA novels SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM (written with Harry Mazer and winner of the ALA Schneider Award and a Best Fiction for Young Adults book), SMILER'S BONES (a N. Y. Public Library Best Book for Teens); the YA thriller WTF; the WATCHERS and SPY X series; and the ANTARCTICA duo. He'll gladly recite the rest of the list if you ask nicely. He's also performed on Broadway, run a marathon, rock-climbed in Yosemite during a 6.1 earthquake, and, with his wife, sprouted and grown two sons in NYC. (For a longer bio, see http://peterlerangis.com/about-peter/bio/.)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am always looking for new series to read. This one didn't let me down. It was hard to know how it would end. I often find myself reading this over and over for fun. The other books as well.(I only have twoI 'm trying to get the other two) This is good. Suspenseful and will keep you guessing!:)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Scarpa on March 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
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***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***

David's father has been missing for six months. After a nationwide search he is presumed dead. But during a ride on the subway David suffers what he thinks is a hallucination. He sees what he knows to be an abandoned subway station lit and teeming with people. Among those people is his Dad. But was it a hallucination or was it something else? Now David must discover if he's losing his mind or if something unexplainable really did happen to his Dad. The question is which truth would David rather believe?

So this was one of the weirdest stories I've ever read. It's also the first time I've read a Lerangis novel I considered giving four stars. My first encounter with Lerangis's work was while reading The 39 Clues series. He's always been my least favorite writer in that franchise, mostly because of discrepancies between other his and other series books. I wanted to read this series because I want to know if in a series where he's calling all the shots his work was better. It most definitely was. My biggest issue with the book is I felt like it was just beginning when it ended. The story is entirely too short. The book is odd even in the way it's written. For the most part it's told in a first person, except that there are case files notes on David in some chapters not written by David, but someone else. Additionally at the end of each chapter is a conversation outside of David's monologue of the story. You don't know who's talking or really completely what they're talking about. You know it's related to David, like he's being monitored somehow, but it's never fully explained for what or why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Some reviewers of this book have complained that the characters are on the shallow side and the book feels a little "thin". Publishers Weekly was downright dismissive, using words like "slow", "unsurprising" and "tiresome", which just confirms my belief that some of the people at Publishers Weekly hate books, and authors, and especially successful authors. While I understand those who faulted the book's brevity, (it's really novella length), and the absence of deep character development, I urge potential readers to consider the upside here, because this book offers many rewards, and packs a lot into its pages. (Interestingly, the one place where the book does bog down a bit is when it addresses a bit of subtext about doubt and fear versus embracing the new and the unknown, so there is a risk in trying to get too deep in a fantasy/adventure tale.)

I compared this book to a Twilight Zone episode because it feels like a single episode in a continuing anthology series, (which is exactly what it is. There are five more "Watchers" books, only loosely thematically connected.) Such a tale turns neither on intense drama nor on a convoluted plot, and deep character development is not a priority. Rather, it starts with a creepy, unnatural and mysterious event. Is our narrator disturbed; is there a logical explanation; is something otherworldly happening? Exchanges with odd or unnerving characters alternate with scenes of stark reality. What's happening here? What am I seeing out of the corner of my eye? Will anyone believe what I think I just saw? Here, the kid hero and his energetic sidekick piece together clues, find journals, talk to mysterious individuals, track down witnesses, and try to solve a mystery and explain the creepily inexplicable, while questioning their own sense of reality.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this book, the cover frightened me. I looked at it several times, then read the back cover and was ready to go into the world of horror. The very first three words of the book: HEAT, HUMIDITY, ANGER - were giving the impression of how this book will be. The black shadows on the picture on the front page were adding more to this scaring feeling. David Moore, the main character of the book, lives in the city. Six months ago, his father disappeared. Everybody thought that he died. However, all of a sudden David saw him...or maybe not him... in an abandoned subway station. He was not alone, what was making the story even scarier. He was surrounded by a crowd of ghosts or ghostlike people. The scariest thing about this episode was that Dad was waving him and calling him. I wondered what would David do next. Would he run away, would he try to forget about as if it was a nightmare? What will happen next? The book turned out to be very exciting. You do not know what happens next. This is the best book to read before you go to bed, because then you have nightmares through the whole night. I like to read about the worlds, which coexist with ours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hunter Monahan on March 26, 2013
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Watchers last stop is a great book. I read the second one first (watchers rewind highly recommended). Now I can't get enough of it. When I read watchers rewind I thought the first book had something to do with the second but no it's about the watchers helping there characters get through their challenge. Once again Peter Lerangis doing an outstanding job keeping the reader interested and thinking.
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