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The Marvelous Effect (Marvelous World) Paperback – October 28, 2008
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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!Read more ›
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
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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Let me put it like this... the Marvelous World series was first introduced to me when I was about 13 by my grandmother. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Eli Leak
I was happy to get this book for a reading program I am involved with. It shows that character matters and good character comes from a supportive family and through the choices one... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Darryl C. Carter
Reading this book engulfed me into the world. I have read many fantasy book but to take everyday life like this and change it was new. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by CreativeDream
This is my son's favorite book. I have no idea how many times he has read. He loved the book and wish the author wrote more than just two.Published on March 6, 2011 by Rose Blue
I am very disappointed in this book. I purchased it for my boys who are 8 and 10 because the main character is a black boy. Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by A. Portis
Troy CLE's "The Marvelous Effect," book one in his Marvelous World series, is a fun science fiction/fantasy book about a good kid, Louis Proof. Read morePublished on May 29, 2010 by Barb Caffrey
The Marvelous Effect is a great novel that reads just as a video game. My daughter (and me) loved it. I can definitely see it getting adapted for a movie, TV series and/or a game.Published on April 16, 2009 by A. A. Dayem
Hats off to the author. This was indeed a Marvelous book it held my attention as well as the attention of my children... Read morePublished on August 24, 2008 by Fatimah Turner
I'm ALMOST done with this book and am looking forward to the next book(s) in the series. Its a wonderful mix of modern American times, magic, adventure and sci fi, where a couple... Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by A. Potter