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Strange Lands: YA Otherworldly Fantasy Adventure (Heroes of Distant Planets Book 1) by [Anderson Atlas]

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Length: 240 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 18 Grade Level: 4 - 12

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Midwest Book Review:
"Surviving the Improbable Quest" is the first volume of the"Heroes of Distant Planets" series, which is certain to be enduringlypopular among science fiction fans. This deftly crafted story is written and illustrated by Anderson Atlas, who is an impressively gifted andoriginal novelist. "Surviving the Improbable Quest" is an excitingadventure, very highly recommended for school and community libraryScience Fiction collections.

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Surviving the Improbable Quest: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 1 is a young adult contemporary fantasy written by Anderson Atlas. When Allan qualified for the Nationals and broke his best freestyle record, he felt on top of the world -- that is, until he saw his mother's face. There was neither pride nor excitement in her expression, only a grim and angry glare accompanied by his latest report card bearing two F's. His parents were not in the least impressed by his talent for swimming or interest in adventuring; they were already focused upon his getting into an Ivy League college even though he was only 13. Allan's heart sank even further when he saw his father waiting outside the school in the car.They were both furious, and then the unthinkable happened. Their car was struck by another vehicle, and only Allan survived the impact, but he was left a paraplegic and unable to speak.

Anderson Atlas's young adult contemporary fantasy, Surviving the Improbable Quest: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 1, starts off with a campfire scene some eight months after the accident. Allan and his uncle and guardian, Rubic, are on a fishing trip, and Rubic's just told a spooky story about a mythical monster called the Jibbawk that eats human flesh and leaves bleeding X's carved in trees. And if that doesn't whet your curiosity, keep on reading, because it just gets better. Atlas' young hero has a lot to cope with -- feelings of guilt over surviving the accident and despair over the loss of family, his dreams of athletic accomplishments and a future filled with adventure. Everything he's taken for granted, however, will change as a result of this camping trip and in ways he could never have imagined -- and it's fabulous following along with him. Allan and Rubic are marvelous characters, and Atlas' plot is well-crafted, original and imaginative. I'm looking forward to the next adventure. Surviving the Improbable Quest: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 1 is highly recommended.

About the Author

Anderson Atlas lives in the hot Sonoran Desert among scaled survivors, steely eye hawks and majestic saguaros. He finds inspiration in Crowded malls, streams that barely trickle, patches of moss, charred forests, and distant mountain ranges. Sharing his art means letting his ideas flow through his fingers onto the keyboard or paint brush. To date, Anderson has written 4 books and illustrated a handful more, and he's only begun to speak. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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