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Louis Proof, an inner-city, African American teen, and his friend Brandon receive an invitation to go to a mysterious amusement park. Their trip leads to strange experiences, which become stranger after Louis slips into a coma and, upon his recovery, discovers that he has special powers. Soon, Louis finds himself battling creatures from another dimension, led by the often-funny Galonious Imperial Evil. In the course of the extremely complicated plot, Louis and his friends fight many high-octane battles. Little is resolved at the end, but readers will discover more when they read this title's sequel. Louis' adventures completely parallel those typical of computer games, and this title is clearly an attempt to capture the video-game world in prose. Whether young gamers will find a game in book form more appealing than actually playing remains to be seen, but this first installment in the planned Marvelous World series makes for an interesting effort. Morning, Todd --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Troy Cle set this fantasy in his hometown of East Orange, New Jersey. It melds hip-hop, video gaming, street lingo, and SAT vocabulary into a complicated frenetic story of good and evil. Malcolm Jamal Warner moves smoothly between the voices of the streetwise preteen Louis Proof and his inner-city friends and Galonious Imperial Evil (a force of evil determined to infiltrate the world of humans) and his minions. Unfortunately, Warners skills do not rescue this confusing, complicated tale. After discovering a portal to another dimension at a local junkyard, Louis falls into a coma. When he awakens three months later, his world has changed, and it is his destiny to set things right. The dialogue sounds unrealistic and in need of some serious editing. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 680 (What's this?)
  • Series: Marvelous World (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416942157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416942153
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Any book that gets the kids reading is a great book to me. But 'The Marvelous Effect' was a fun read for me, too. I had heard the comparisons to Harry Potter, but found the story to be original and interesting. The main characters are kids, and there are good and bad guys, but that's where the similarities end. The basic concept is that two young boys (Louis Proof and his friend, Brandon) and Louis's little cousin, Lacey, have this great adventure against the bad guys from another dimension. I found the characters adorable but not icky where the boys wouldn't want to read the book. They are a little street at times, which I think makes the books kool for the kidz! 4 out of 4 liked it, aged 11, 12 and 13.
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Every since I started a book blog where I only reviewed books with diverse lead characters, i've been dying to read a book about young black male.Young black males have so little to choose from in regards to positive images in the media so I think it's really important to seek books that help with young males and their self esteem, This book definitely can contribute to such acts.

The Book follows Louis Proof, a 13 year old AA kid from East Orange, New Jersey who discovers he's a very important warrior in some far off place in another dimension. He's bestowed unbelievable abilities and has the fate of the world in his young hands, will he be able to do it?

What I liked about this book was very simple. As an avid reader of MG/YA, the amount of POC in leads is certainly lacking. When they are present, it's usually in sidekick mode. This book however features Louis Proof, an AA lead and his best friend is also AA.Together they're two peas in a pod! The relationship he had with his parents was lovely. I was hoping he wouldn't come from some stereotypical single parent house, even though it's very common, It's only ONE way young urban kids live!Not everyone comes from a fatherless home and it was refreshing to see Louis represent that not all urban kids come from broken homes.

Louis was very likable, in fact he was actually really popular!He wasn't a loner or an outcast like you see most lead characters in Ya/MG books. He was liked by all even if he wasn't the king of the school. And he was really nice to everyone so I could see why people liked him,he was a really great friend to have.He could have easily been a boy i befriended in my youth!
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Format: Audio CD
This is a beautifully written book that will instantly engage even a reluctant reader. It's fun, it's deep, it's alive with a lively plot and creative setting. I use it for an urban book club. Most of my kids have never read a book over 100 pages, yet they finished this book ahead of schedule. It's a very smart book with great vocabulary and themes that are rich for discussuion. This author has written a book that kids can see, hear and feel.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great read for kids. It's not over simplified, yet it has an ease to it that anyone can enjoy. The story centers around a pre-teen named Louis Proof who, refreshingly, enjoys pre-teen things, like music, racing games and hanging with his friends. All of that is threatened upon the arrival of a sinister being from another dimension who wants to bring chaos to Mr. Proof's. One day Louis falls ill, and when he awakens he is no longer a little boy, but a superhero. It becomes Louis' duty to stop this foe. Ofcourse he gets alot of help from his loving family, friends, some benevolent superbeings, as well as a glowing blue weapon called an "Alonis". What Louis learns along the Journey might be more important then the inevitable head to head battle.

This book treats our kids as very adept young people, as is often overlooked in our society. They aren't super smart semi-adults with huge vocabularys, and they are not half-wits who constantly need things explained to death. The dialogue seems very true to form in young urban areas. The story doesn't really throw alot of twists at you, and some of the specifics might escape a more diligent reader, however it is loads of pure fun. This looks like a good start to a Great series.

Honestly I'd give it 4.5 stars (There is a room for improvement) but i don't believe in rounding down. lol
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Format: Hardcover
Wow! What a story!

Louis Proof is a teenager in East Orange, New Jersey. When the book opens, Louis one of the most popular students in his class. He is helpful, kind, and smart. He accepts an invitation to go to a wonderful amusement park where all of your wildest dreams come true. After things go a little wrong there, Louis leaves and mysteriously collapses and falls into a coma.

When Louis awakens, it is three months later and everything is different. Many adults are being replaced with replicas of themselves -- and they are a child's dream. They let their kids do anything they want. Slowly, Louis realizes that he is the earth's only chance. Earth is being taken over by Galonious, a very funny but evil person. He takes away a person's inhibitions and promises freedom. Some people steal and vandalize while others commit murder.

I spent some time speaking with my fifth-graders about this concept and I believe that they found it as scary as I did. The story doesn't come to a conclusion, as there are supposed to be sequels. The hero is also African-American, which is a first, and there are many references to popular culture which makes the story fun.

Enjoy reading THE MARVELOUS EFFECT!

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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