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The Door in the Lake by Nancy Butts
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The Door in the Lake

by Nancy Butts

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Joey Finney is the boy on the milk carton who disappeared at age 12 when he was camping with his family and his best friend near Smokewater Lake in the Allegheny Mountains. He comes back 27 months later, but he does not look a day older than when he disappeared. It turns out he was abducted by aliens and time had stopped for him inside their parallel world. Even more interesting than the time-travel mechanics is the drama of Joey's return home and his struggle to fit in at school. What is it like to be fast-forwarded through life? Does he belong in ninth grade or in seventh? His bratty younger brother is now bigger than Joey; his best friend is ashamed to be seen with him. The suspense builds to a surprising climax that leaves you wondering: If time can stop, can it also go backward? Category: Middle Readers. 1998, Front Street, $15.95. Gr. 5-8.

(Hazel Rochman, Booklist, May 15, 1998, Vol. 94, No. 18.)

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When Joey Finney was 12, he and his family went camping near Smokewater Lake-and Joey vanished. Now, two years later, he has reappeared. But something's stopping him from settling back in to his old life. Joey still looks 12. He feels sick all the time and hears voices in his head. No one believes him when he tells the truth: Joey was abducted by aliens...

"A story that young X-Files fans will snap up." -Kirkus Reviews

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After vanishing without a trace one night during a camping trip, twelve-year-old Joey reappears two years later, showing no signs of having aged and carrying memories of a strange light in the sky.

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