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Brainwalker Paperback – September 21, 2016
"Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets science fiction" - Leonie B.
"The tale is well-written and carries the reader along effortlessly through an imaginative civilization, introducing young readers to the difference between intuition and rationalization while keeping the story light and adventurous. Young people who enjoy reading stories like Juster's 'The Phantom Tollbooth' will enjoy this book." - Rowena L.
"I didn't imagine this witty, ironic, funny and educational book would become one of my 2016 favorite reads." - Alexia P.
"The idea was so new! I wanted to know how the author would exploit it. I found that the book was much more original and entertaining than some of the really famous contemporary YA books, and it could be a fun read even for adults (toward the end I really couldn't put it down, I needed to know how it ended!)." - Alessandra V.
"Mundell and Lacast have devised an ingenious plot using the tesseract concept found in 'A Wrinkle in Time' with the setting being the brain of the protagonist's father." - Douglas B. Educator
5 stars - "The authors have found a creative way to introduce the functions of the brain in a creative way that's full of action, adventure, and suspense. This will be a popular book in middle grades and middle school boys will enjoy this one!" - Susan G., ALA Librarian
"This story is full of high-stakes adventure, and it often excels in its imaginative and allegorical exploration of real-world issues" - Kirkus Reviews
"The descriptions of the various locations, creatures, and residents of the Brainiverse are both fun and intelligent. Bernard is an engaging protagonist." - Kirkus Reviews
"A fun way for kids/preteens to learn about science and the brain. The pictures are also really great and add a lot to the story" - Olivia F., Reviewer at Harvard Medical School
"Teachers are always looking for ways to enhance scientific literacy and Brainwalker is the perfect vehicle to bridge the gap between exciting adventure and scientific inquiry." -Jennifer C., Educator
"The characters and the setting of this book are truly unique and very diverse, the plot is filled with fiction mixed with real brain concepts and puts everything into perspective from both fiction and reality" - Gabrielle M.
"I loved the way the authors used simple brain concepts, yet weren't afraid of creating a fantasy world rather than a literal version of the brain. It's refreshing to find a young teen character who is fascinated by subjects like the brain, neuroscience and quantum physics." -Paul B.
"Fast paced, imaginative, and adventurous. With both elements of actual brain anatomy as well as fantastical components" - Jackie C.
"Definitely an approach to teenage urban fantasy that I've never seen before. I found myself quite enamored with Bernard and all his geeky questions and theories... Underneath all the neurology, it's really a story about connection and love and fighting for what's important." -Kristen C.
"Great scientific fiction that offers the readers a fantastic experience of the scientific adventure with beautifully written words, the well laid out plots, and lifelike characters in the story." - Yichen T.
"A great Teen read revolving around young minds faced with the challenges of life." - Linda B.
"This brilliant new novel grapples with the most exciting topic possible, and invites middle school, young adults and also adult readers into the inexhaustible mystery of the universe. Take the walk."- Maureen G., Educator
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So when Bernard enters his dad’s brain through a wormhole he encounters at his dad’s workplace (you’ll have to read this book for yourself to find out how he got to be there), he meets a whole new cast of fantastical creatures who become his friends who assist him in a quest to save his dad’s brain (in here it’s called the Brainiverse) from shutting down resulting in his death. Some of these include Basilides, a character who is headstrong and willing to fight for his kind (the Intuits); there is Adhista, a female being who is on a mission to search for her long-lost mother; and there is Philemone who is sort of a Glinda the good witch who knows everything about Bernard and how he is sort of a messianic figure in it all. Altogether they risk dangerous adversaries to get their hands on a substance called Energeia that they believe is the source of life that their world is lacking and that their enemy counterparts the Reezons are hoarding for their own selfish and wicked purposes!
When I was reading through this book, I got the sense that the authors know pretty much about everything that has to do with the brain. They explain how the two hemispheres of the brain are unique from each other. They also reminded me of how the right side controls the creativity of a person and how the left side is all about logical thinking. It’s why I feel that this book is a great teacher for kids as well as adults who don’t know anything at all about their brains. I felt that this was a great first part of a wonderful series of adventures for Bernard the main character. I advise the authors Robyn Mundell and Stephan Lacast to make Bernard and his adventures a series like the Harry Potter because I see this as a marketable as well as a remarkable idea for a children’s or YA series. Whichever of them came up with this concept should write more stories that have a scientific edge to them involving Bernard. It doesn’t even have to be about the brain. It can be about other systems of the human body. All right, buy this book folks! I truly, madly, happily enjoyed it myself and you should too!
Brainwalker is wildly entertaining from start to finish. It is a quick read but by no means a flat one. Bernard is a boy still reeling from the loss of his mother, who he calls his best friend. He loves science, fitting as he is the child of two scientists. The world that is the inside of Floyd Knifton's brain is portrayed in a unique and fun way, accurately reflecting the differences in right and left to bring the story to life. All of the characters are fully fleshed and vivid. Illustrations throughout the book are an unexpected but perfect enhancement to the story. Non-stop wit, dialogue that flows naturally, and enough action to keep the reader furiously engaged brings Brainwalker in at the top of any genre you list it under.
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