Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Crystal Ball by Eddie McPherson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author Eddie McPherson has written an absolutely entertaining tale of adventure for young readers with Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Crystal Ball. Dereck loses his little sister Jessie and along the way in his journey to find her, he finds himself in the worlds and with the characters of storybooks and fairy tales. I thought this novel was adorable. There was adventure, magic, sorcery, humor and best of all, the title character, Dereck, is smart and honest. There were life lessons taught subtly along the way without an air of superiority. It felt fresh and fun, something even those youngsters who are dead set against enjoying reading anything could get wrapped up in. This is on my 11 year old's to read list as of today.
There is another book in the Fractured series called Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz which takes place before the Crystal Ball installment. I'm off to read that one right now!
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