Mr. Universe

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:science fiction, alternate universe, romance, aliens, quantum physics
  • Pub Date:01/19/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Fry Level:3.1
  • Lexile:HL420L
  • ATOS:3.3
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Seventeen-year-old Michael goes to visit his eccentric mad-scientist uncle while he's busy working on yet another time-travel experiment.

In the cluttered lab, Michael's uncle barely notices him. And he keeps muttering things like “quantum multiverse transporter," so Michael has to entertain himself. Which is how Michael accidentally ends up in an alternate universe. Everything looks remarkably similar to his own world but with a few key differences, like lizard men dressed in gray suits and three-wheeled vehicles. And then there's Emily, a sassy, confident girl who needs Michael's help before he can find his way back to his own dimension.

“Nonstop action keeps the story moving along briskly, and Michael’s voice is wry and humorous...A fast-paced SF adventure for reluctant readers.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“A fun, breezy work accessible to a wide variety of readers looking for a quick sci-fi adventure.”
– Publishers Weekly
“A fast-paced read that will keep readers engaged every second. With a male protagonist and a strong female accomplice, this title will be a great addition to school and public libraries. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Highly readable…A fun, action-packed choice for striving middle and high school readers interested in science fiction.”
– School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild   | 2021  |  Commended