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The Journal of Curious Letters (2008)

by James Dashner

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This book is about is about a boy named Tick, His real name is Atticus Higginbottom. He one day gets an envelope that has a piece of card stock paper in it. It says that he will be given 12 riddles/clues, each clue is marked with M.G, Which is the person who is writing it's initials. As he gets these 12 riddles/clues. The clues that he receives will tell him where to go on a special date and what to do and a special thing to bring with him. He meets 2 other people online who have gotten the same letters that help each other out to solve the puzzle. Once he finds out the special place and other stuff, he will be taken to a different realm. There he will meet the person that sent the letters. He will then meet up with the remainder of the people who did solve the riddle and try to take over the 13th reality. There are 13 realities. They all have there own unique features, and they all have a magic that they use to teleport from reality to reality. But something is bad about the 13th reality. They are using the magic to deform nightmares to try to take over all the realities. The leader of the 13th reality is Mistress Jane. Once the realitants go to the 13th reality, Hte y brake their wand, tick screams as they are about to get killed, t=he screams and he ( )
  IsaiahR.G1 | Oct 9, 2014 |
Second time reading:
Just as good as I remembered. I love everything about Tick, from his name to his scarf to his nerdy side. I also love his dad. Edgar is probably my second favorite character in the whole book.

The plot itself really is good, with interesting puzzles that urge the reader to try and solve them as the story goes on. Even though I'd read it before, I couldn't remember a lot of details, so it was really fun trying to figure out the puzzles with Tick.

Yes, the villains are a little cliché. But that's okay. James Dashner can totally pull it off. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Jun 25, 2014 |
Tick Higginbottom is tasked with figuring out the riddles of twelve mysterious letters before a deadline that involves many innocent lives. He has two choices: One, burn the letters and have the terrible and horrifying wraiths and stinging gnat rats disappear without a trace, or follow through with the letters and get to the bottom of the strange happenings.

This book was a great read! It's hard to find series that you know won't have anything wrong with them, like bad language or suggestive themes. This book, however, had absolutely no swearing, or any of that. There is a mention or two of magic, but it's not at all like the magic parents wouldn't like their kids to read about. The book was gripping, well-written, funny, and intriguing. It didn't feel like those flimsy, spur of the moment writing style of books that seem to sell so well. Instead it felt as if the writer thought carefully about his book, and didn't want to put in anything that would ban it from a reader's house.

As for morals, Tick and his dad have a great relationship that you don't see much in books anymore. Not only that, but several times it's mentioned that his mom and dad both have a strong relationship with each other. Tick trusts his dad, and his dad mentions that Tick had never lied to him, which is why he trusts and believes him when he tells him things. [Spoilers] Tick tells his dad everything by the middle of the book, and his dad agrees to help him.

The only thing that irritated me was near the end. The author did a bit of head hopping at the climax, and although there was never a confusion about who's head we were in, it was quick and abrupt, like there were twenty tiny chapters all smashed into one, whereas most of the book, we readers stayed with Tick, and occasionally flitted to Master George or Frazier Gunn, and sometimes Mistress Jane.

In the end, the book was well written, clean, and gripping. Recommended for all.

Things to watch out for:
Language: words like "dang" and "darn" but nothing more than that.
Violence: talk of your brains turning to mush, and some characters describe a brain-mushing incident they apparently saw once, school bullies that tell Tick to lock himself in a locker then dump his head in the toilet, death threats, a character openly threatens the rest of the kids more than once if they annoy her, but it's not meant to be taken seriously, one character is told to have died, character gets his back ripped up, but it isn't mentioned later.
Other: Although there's a point in the book where a good lesson about lying is mentioned, there are a few "white lies" sprinkled throughout the book, references of "magic" although [spoilers] it is all explained by technology and quantum physics. ( )
  Jenneth | Feb 18, 2014 |
Mr. Dashner creates a likable character in Tick. With him, we discover new worlds and the power of choice and courage. I quite enjoyed the Realitants but found the other children to be a bit two dimensional - hopefully that will improve in future novels. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Oct 22, 2013 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was well written, dramatic, and right on par with the other things that I was reading at the time. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
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This book had great potential. The beginning of the adventure starts with a bang, but by the middle of the story things begin to drag.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Saleena L. Davidson (Aug 1, 2008)
 
Though there are chunks of text that are overwritten, the telling is generally laced with a strong sense of humor and a sure hand at plot; the author is plainly in tune with today's fan base.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Mar 13, 2008)
 
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Norbert Johnson had never met such strange people in all of his life, much less two on the same day -- within the same hour even.
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Tick is a regular 13 year old boy who start receiving mysterious letters from a mysterious source signed "M. G." the letters are riddles telling him to do a certain thing at a certain time, at a certain place. If he does, something extraordinary will happen. Will Tick and his friends have the courage to stop Mistress Jane in her evil plan to make the perfect universe?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159038881X, Audio CD)

What if every time you made a choice that had a significant consequence, a new, alternate reality was created--the life that would've been had you made the other choice? What if those new realities were in danger? What if it fell to you to save all the realities? Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials "M.G.," the letter informs Tick that dangerous--perhaps even deadly--events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. M.G. promises to send Tick twelve riddles that will reveal on a certain day, at a certain time, at a certain place, something extraordinary will happen. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues M.G. sends to him? Will he be able to solve the riddles in time? Will Tick discover the life he was meant to live? The first volume of an outstanding new children's fantasy series, The Journal of Curious Letters is filled with adventure, humor, riddles, and, oh, yes--danger... As M.G. warns Tick, Very frightening things are coming your way. Will you join Tick and his friends on an amazing journey through the Realities? What will your choice be?

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Thirteen-year-old Atticus "Tick" Higginbottom begins receiving mysterious letters from around the world signed only "M.G.," and the clues contained therein lead him on a journey to the perilous 13th Reality and a confrontation with evil Mistress Jane.… (more)

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