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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310714362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310714361
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Using short chapters, tight writing, and cliff-hangers, the author pulls the reader along at breath-taking speed. Never once was I bogged down with too much teen angst or unnecessary details… the novel is a fun read and will appeal to science-fiction lovers. Parts of the book gave me pause and caused me to dwell on the ‘unseen’ and the idea of other dimensions. It's clean, wholesome entertainment for teens, especially for teen girls. Even if they aren't drawn to the usually male-dominated science-fiction themes, there are enough relationships, boyfriends, and best friends in Ripple Effect to keep them reading.” (The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

From the Back Cover

The Time Thriller Trilogy delivers gripping, fast-paced mystery that intrigues and captivates through hours, seconds, and centuries. A long history of strange disappearances and unexplainable occurrences leave clues that the town of Fawlt Line may actually sit on a time fault— a portal to alternate times and unexpected time travels— a twist of fate that puts all of Fawlt Line’s citizens in serious danger. Will they find the faith to hold on to the town and time where they belong?

After Elizabeth falls through a mysterious time warp, will she ever make it back home?

Elizabeth stayed home to take a bath and plan on how she could escape her parents by running away. But after she almost drowns when the bathtub fills with muddy water, she emerges to find that her world, and everyone in it, has changed. Elizabeth has dropped into another girl’s existence—a questionable life full of untrustworthy relationships and secrets that threaten her life. Is she dreaming or is she an amnesiac as everyone suspects? Will she find the faith to uncover the truth and make her way back to her own reality? Previously published as Sudden Switch. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

PAUL McCUSKER is the Peabody Award-winning writer and director of the audio drama "Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom," along with the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of "The Chronicles of Narnia," "The Screwtape Letters," "A Christmas Carol," his original series "The Luke Reports: The Life of Jesus" (honored as Best Audio Drama by the prestigious Audie Awards) and "The Father Gilbert Mysteries" (also an Audie Award nominee), all for Focus On The Family Radio Theatre.

Apart from dramatizations of C.S. Lewis' "Narnia" and "Screwtape," he also scripted the original audio drama "C.S. Lewis At War" and written the companion book "C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created A Classic." His work has extended to writing the detailed footnotes for "The Annotated Screwtape Letters" for HarperOne. (It is the first authorized annotated edition of any book by C.S. Lewis.)

McCusker is also a writer and director for the long-running children's audio program "Adventures in Odyssey," scripting over 250 episodes as well as 2 of the animated video series, authoring 18 spin-off novels, and serving as the general editor for "The Imagination Station" chapter books. For adults, he has written the Gold Medallion-nominated "Epiphany," "The Mill House" and, with Dr. Walt Larimore, "The Gabon Virus" and "The Influenza Bomb." His plays and musicals have been performed in churches and community theaters across the country. One, "A Time for Christmas," was a Dove Award nominee. His lyrics have been put to music by the Grammy Award-winning Michael W. Smith.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erika on June 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really loved this book. I thought it was a page turner. I could not put it down. I thought the concept of the story was interesting- alternate reality/parallel universe. I hadn't read anything like that before.

As for being a kids' book, there are scenes of strong violence, so it probably isn't appropriate for a small child. Other than the violence, the book was clean. There was no sex or vulgar language.

I enjoyed the book as it spurred some psychological discussions with family and friends. I wish I could find more books like this one. I liked it so much that I read the other two books which follow this one. This was my favorite of the three.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Njdetam on August 26, 2010
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Even though this book was published by Zondervan and labeled as Teen Fiction, it really isn't!! Reader/Buyer beware: this book contains violence to intense for my teen and even for some sensitive adults. No one is actually murdered, but there are about 7 or 8 attempted murderings which are graphically described. It is a good mystery, sci-fi thriller, but there is really no Christian content. The most this book mentions about Christ is that the main character's annoying parents are attending a church meeting. :( Beyond that the the reason she thinks her parents are annoying isn't even realistic (because he wears his slippers outside and because he came to her room when a friend was over wearing said slippers, pj's and a robe ... give me a break!)
I was pretty disappointed in Zondervan for labeling this a Christian novel. In addition, there is really no closure to the argument between Elizabeth and her parents. She does not admit her rebellion or reconcile with them. More or less, she is scared straight.
The bad far outweighs the good in this book and I think it is unsuitable as a Christian Fiction novel and too unrealistic and poorly written to compete with worldly novels. The suspense and sci-fi element are good though.

Spoiler Alert!!! The graphic scenes mentioned above contain intense strangling scenes, being beat with a fireplace poker, opposite gender violence (a guy punching a girl and a girl beating a guy), broken bones, being stuffed in the trunk of a car and drowning!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes on September 18, 2009
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Here's a different story from the norm. Elizabeth is determined she is going to run away from home; she wants a normal life with normal parents. Her best friend Jeff plans on talking her out of it on the night they are supposed to meet at the old saw mill. However, Jeff is there and Elizabeth never shows. While her parents head out to church she takes a bath behind a locked bathroom door. After dozing off in the tub she wakes up in a whole different time. Everything is similar but not the same. She's now Sarah, who lives with her boyfriend Calvin. As the title says, it's a time thriller. Sarah and Elizabeth switch places, but how? Only God knows. Elizabeth will soon discover that Calvin, Sarah's best friend Rhonda and David are not what they seem. Meanwhile, Jeff and his cousin Malcolm are looking for a way to get Elizabeth back.

This is a good fast book. I read it in a day. I knew Calvin wasn't all he appeared to be from the beginning, he was too interested in everything Elizabeth did. I enjoyed the book, if you are looking for a page turner with some suspense this is a good choice. My only reason for not giving it 5-stars is, even though it was a good read, I just didn't love it.
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By craftdc on September 4, 2013
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Well written, drama, suspense, time/place travel. A good story. The characters are interesting and believable. A good holiday read. Adults and teenagers alike
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Love this book! I enjoy reading books by Paul McCusker because he has such a great imagination and sense of creativity. I've read his tween books, as well as his books for adult readers and always found them to have a unique blend of imagination and spiritual inspiration. He does a great job of bringing out biblical truths in the midst of creative storytelling.
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