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The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep [Kindle Edition]

John Hulme , Michael Wexler
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Book Description

Twelve-year-old Becker Drane has definitely got the coolest job of any
seventh grader in Highland Park, New Jersey. He works as a Fixer for The
Seems. From the Department ofWeather to the Department of Sleep, The
Seems is a secret organization that makes sure our world keeps
running-and more importantly, sticks to The Plan that's been made for
it. When a Glitch is reported in the Department of Sleep, Becker is
dispatched to Fix it, but he's not so sure this is a routine mission.
Could the Bed Bugs, who are behind our Worst Nightmares, be responsible
for the problem?

Or maybe it's The Tide, an underground
organization bent on destroying The Seems? No matter what, Becker's in
for quite an adventure, and it'll take all his training, a little luck,
and the coolest Tools™ known in (or out of) The Seems to Fix the

Look out for the other books in the Seems series: The Split Second and The Lost Train of Thought!

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In this comic fantasy debut, 12-year-old Becker Drane is recruited as a Fixer in the Seems, a mirror world that constructs and maintains our own world. Becker’s first mission is to find and fix the Glitch in Sleep and become the hero of the Seems. Wyman effortlessly switches from voicing a seemingly normal American teen to a variety of otherworldly characters. All characters are delineated creatively, even robots and dream bubbles. Wyman’s easygoing delivery makes descriptions of Seems’ philosophy, gadgets, and missions seem realistic. He brings humor, excitement, and an occasional satirical twist to scenes involving the fascinating alternative universe. Becker comes across as a sympathetic and resonant hero in this first title in an imaginative fantasy series. Grades 5-8. --Lolly Gepson

About the Author

John Hulme and Michael Wexler accidentally stumbled upon the existence of The Seems after opening an unlocked Door in Wilmington, North Carolina, during the summer of 1995. From that moment on, they were obsessed with the curious realm and sought to pen a book series based on their discovery. Though the project was held up in administrative Red Tape for nearly eleven years, the Powers That Be finally signed off on its release, resulting in the text you now hold.

            Hulme lives with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Jack, in a small New Jersey town with crookety sidewalks and tree-lined streets.

            Wexler’s whereabouts remain unknown. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1988 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599901293
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047ZGCXS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new world, and it resides behind the world October 1, 2007
First, a caveat emptor: I know the authors and count them as friends. That said, if I hadn't really enjoyed The Seems I simply wouldn't have written anything here at all. Luckily this was not the case. This a book with a grand and cinematic flare. Meet Becker Drane, he's a very cool kid who just happens to have the coolest job in the world that entails him using James Bond via Willy Wonka gadgets and the sage words of those that have trained him for the tasks at hand. Highly unpredictable, and full of skewed humor that made me laugh right out loud several times, the book is a great stepping off point with plenty of promise for what's to come in the series. Take a chance on this one...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too November 30, 2007
I had to sign some kind of form at the front of this book before reading it, so I'm not sure if I'm allowed to tell you any of this...but here goes.

Imagine that The World we know is constructed somewhere else. The sunset is painted daily, the world's rain is regulated through a huge water tank, and a Good Night's Sleep is packaged, processed, and sent to you nightly, with a specially built dream enclosed just for you. Beyond the In-Between, every detail of the world is carefully fashioned by workers in The Seems.

When Becker Drane was nine years old, he filled out an application for "The Best Job in the World" on a lark. Three years later, he's a newly promoted Fixer for The Seems eagerly awaiting his first mission. However, the one he receives is tougher than most--to fix a Glitch that is ravaging the Department of Sleep.

The World is in peril as The Chain of Events that depends on the delivery of the night's dreams grows in danger of slipping. Becker must use all of his skills and training to find the Glitch before a Ripple Effect occurs, undoing all of the careful work of The Seems and ripping the very Fabric of Reality away.

Humorous and exciting, this first book left me eager for more from this new series, and you can be sure I'll be reading the rest.

As long as I can get past the red tape next time...

Reviewed by: Allison Fraclose
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinate your Grandchildren December 16, 2007
By Tony G.

As a grandparent thinking of books to fascinate the hearts and minds of grandchildren, "The Seems" is high on my list. Like Winnie-the-Pooh sixty or so years ago (I hate to admit it), this book has the capacity to feed the imagination of an entire generation of young people. And like Winnie the Pooh, behind the wondrous child's tale lies an adult perspective that is full of tender humor, irony, and an appealing philosophy of life.
Becker Drane is a twelve year old boy from Highland Park, New Jersey who, having applied for the "Best Job in the World," finds himself a "Fixer" in the "Seems," the invisible world behind our own that keeps things here on earth running according to the "Plan." When a Glitch occurs in the Department of Sleep, and no one on earth is getting the shut-eye they need, Becker gets the call to "Fix" the situation. In the highly competent company of senior Fixer Cassiopia Lake, an engaging and gutsy twenty-some year old girl, he sets out to save the world. The adventure is fast paced and taut enough to keep young readers on the edge of their chairs. Adults will love the sophisticated humor, word play, and above all the deeper human values which, for a reader like me, are the book's strongest selling point.

Tony Gaenslen
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even older folks can enjoy this book September 30, 2007
I am over 60 and work in a school library processing books for an elementary school. When I processed THE SEEMS, the book jacket info caught my attention and I took the book home to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really got into the characters. The authors have done an excellent job of using familar words and making them tell THE STORY with capital letters in a most unusual way. I see a good versus evil theme working its way through the storyline. I enjoyed the positive slant to the story, how it was an adventure and fantasty all in one, and how I look forward to the sequel. Good reading for young and old.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Harry Potter!!! September 26, 2007
Becker Drane has arrived just in time to fill "Harry's" void and create a whole new set of wonderfully written and artfully developed characters and plotlines!!! I wasn't looking for Becker, but he found me while I was looking for new books for my grandchildren and other young family members and friends. I read the blurb, browsed through the first chapter and was hooked. I bought and read "The Seems: A Glitch In Sleep" to make sure that it would be appropriate for the children I had in mind (boys and girls aged 8-14) and I LOVED it. I returned and purchased a slew of books to give as gifts! I'm definitely keeping my copy, though!! Apart from the very imaginative adventure and fantasy (for both boys and girls..hooray!) the authors skillfully present some very mature themes that can easily be adapted for use as the basis for family or school discussions!! I've already had some terrific conversations with several young people to whom I've given the book and look forward to many more. Apparently this is the first in a trilogy of books (yeah!) and my grandson has already put in his order for the next installment!!! Becker Drane and his family and friends live in a world that children, teenagers and even some adults (I proudly admit) can both relate to in everyday life and visualize in fantasies. Welcome Becker!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars high lexile-fun vocabulary
My daughter enjoyed this book immensely, she states "it's a high lexile book, with fun vocabulary. It was fun to work my English project around it"
Published 7 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
(my daughter's review) 5 Stars!!!!!! What an amazing book! It inspires young ones to use their imagination and discover new things that they never knew existed.
Published 14 months ago by Mike Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read
The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep is the start of a series that follows a 7th grader, Becker Drane, who literally has the weight of "The World" on his shoulders. Read more
Published 21 months ago by 1110cg
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
This is well written book for children. Our grandboys love the unusual storyline. We will be looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published on February 6, 2013 by V.A. Roncelli
4.0 out of 5 stars fun!
The Seems was written for children, but this adult enjoyed the verbal puns, etc. immensely. a quick enjoyable read. (hmmm, was it really written for children? Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by anonymouse
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great book!
It was a great book. If you like this book, I suggest reading the other books. I couldn't put it away. I got it for the Kindle, I could not stop. It's also a great book for kids. Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by Tim Wengenack
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep by John Hulme and Michael Wexler
Ferdinand Becker Drane was a normal teenager until he saw a box on a table in the Chapter 1 cafe. It read: APPLY HERE FOR THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD. Read more
Published on September 17, 2011
2.0 out of 5 stars poor
well. i loved this nice idea but the writing was just downright horrible and i just really didnt get the picture. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by AEEA
1.0 out of 5 stars Absurd Premise, Tiresome Writing
I'm amazed anyone enjoyed this book. I listened to it on audiotape, and the best thing I can say about it is that it kept me awake on a long car trip. Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by Lucchesa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
awesome read. i would reccomend it to anyone who likes a good sci fi book. About a boy who stumbles apon a secret wourld called The Seems that makes life easy for the rest of us. Read more
Published on January 17, 2011 by Stephen G. Orr
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