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Publisher's Summary

Simon Kent is just an ordinary teenager trying to cope with the loss of his parents and the bullies at school . . . or so he thinks. After meeting an outspoken girl with strange hair that changes colors with her mood, he is swept into a futuristic world filled with dragonlike creatures, vast technology, and enslaved giants.But Simon also stumbles upon a secret: He can perform magic in this parallel world! While fighting mystical creatures, unraveling an ancient mystery, and even experiencing his first kiss, Simon discovers that he, an outsider from Earth, is the only person who can save the high-tech planet from an impending doom.Parallel to Simon's adventures is a mystery involving a catlike spy and a magical swordsman who both struggle to maintain peace among the paraworlds. But evil lurks in unexpected places, and few people can be trusted. Their paths ultimately lead them to Simon: the one boy who might be able to prevent the biggest assassination attempt in the known paraverse. Winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards
Winner of the London Book Festival
Two-time Winner of the Los Angeles DIY Book Festival
Finalist in the ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
Two-time Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Honorable Mentions from the Hollywood, New York, New England, and Beach Book Festivals
Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read
Flamingnet TOP CHOICE Award
©2008 Matthew Peterson; (P)2008 Parallel Worlds
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Critic Reviews

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2nd Place, Audiobook category "Over 100 unique character voices are present in this stirring audio adaptation that the whole family can enjoy, perfect for long car trips. Highly recommended." (Midwest Book Review)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 11-05-09

Great Story But.....

It's a great story. Great idea. It's a real mindbender for the imagination.

Character Naration is superb. Great voices for all the characters.

Story narration, however, was annoying. The writer and his wife(?) it seems double teamed the narration. Matthew is great at character voices, but his narrator's voice fits more with young childrens books (like Peter Pan or Mother Goose). He does not narrate action adventure adolecent sci-fi well at all. His voice is too gentle, soft and bordering effeminate. It sounded like he was reading to a 3 year old - which really ruined all of the action and fight scenes.

The word usage for the book was probably better fitting for English accent narrating or a hard female voice (like Alicia's Peterson's voice).

Alicia's voice is great. It is my opinion that the book needs to be re-narrated with Alicia's voice as the main narrator, with Matthew purely doing male character voices. I think this is the key to putting the book over the top.

Cover art is a little to "back-yard camera with the kids and hair dye".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Audrey on 12-09-08

Out of this Paraworld!

Tweeners will thoroughly enjoy the audio recording of Paraworld Zero by Matthew and Alicia Peterson. My kids, already loyal Paraworld fans, delighted in hearing their favorite characters come to life. The story is chalk-full of humor and character which will keep young listeners captivated until the surprise ending. We can’t wait to see what Simon will do next!

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