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The Boy Who Reversed Himself by William…

The Boy Who Reversed Himself (1986)

by William Sleator

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Well, the title and cover are somewhat misleading, as the main character is a girl. There are two boys though so I guess it's ok - we need to appeal to those male reluctant readers after all. You do need to be willing to read SF to enjoy this, because, though the characterizations are indeed quite wonderful, the bulk of the action takes place in '4-space.' You *don't* need to fully understand how the different dimensions work, or the details of all the action there. Just ride it out, the way the boy on the cover is doing, and you'll be fine. Thrills, chills, and giggles for ages 12 up. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
There’s a new kid at Laura’s school. But he’s not just weird; he’s downright creepy. When things start appearing in her locker when no one knows the combination, and some are written backwards in “mirror writing”, she sets out to discover the truth about Omar, and herself, and finds herself in a terrifying world from which she may never escape.

This was an unusual premise and I really liked the sciency bits, and the visual explanations of tricky concepts. The plot was a little forced and the characters – no pun intended – one-dimensional. I couldn’t really sympathize with Laura, the narrator. ( )
  heidialice | Aug 15, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140389652, Paperback)

When Laura finds her homework in her locker with its writing reversed, she?s baffled, until she learns an unbelievable secret: her weird neighbor, Omar, has the ability to travel to the fourth dimension. Laura forces him to take her there?and then, a novice in ?four-space,? she goes there on her own. There?s only one problem?she doesn?t know how to get back. ?A cerebral science-fiction thriller, cunningly constructed to keep the reader involved until the last pages.? ?The Horn Book

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When Laura discovers that the unpopular boy living next door to her has the ability to go into the fourth dimension, she makes the dangerous decision to accompany him on his journeys there.

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