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Publisher's Summary

This "clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is the first in the New York Times best-selling series from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.
Life is boring when you live in the real world instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world's homework and chores.
But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen - his classmate Bethany climbs out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany's half fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.
Bethany can't let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen's favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he'll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father....
...Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany's secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot's final (very final) adventure.
©2016 James Riley (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-28-17

great book

really pulls you in and it is hard to turn it off. I can't wait to get in the next chapter

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-20-17

Not Terrible... Annoying Characters & Decent Plot

The boy, Owen, is duplicitous, selfish, and immature, even for the age these kids seem to potentially be. Kids may relate to him, but it was VERY hard to stay focused as an adult reader during his chapters. I listened to this to find out whether or not a nine-year-old family friend may enjoy the book. I suspect that she may find Owen insufferable even at nine. The other protagonist, Bethany, spends most of her time screaming at people and freezing up in the face of conflict until the last 25% of the book.

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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