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
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About the Author
JOHN HULME and MICHAEL WEXLER are the editors of Voices of the Xiled, a short story collection for adults, and authors of other works of adult nonfiction. Michael and John both live in the New York City area.