The Boy Who Reversed Himself

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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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Overview

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

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once again, Sleator treats us to the best that YA science fiction can offer: averageand sometimes not-so-averageteenagers facing the physical and mathematical absurdities of our universe. Laura's determination to get into medical school has cast her as a brain and, thus, untouchable. She has a crush on Pete, the football captainand weird things are happening on a daily basis, ever since Omar, the creepy boy next door, moved in. Laura makes Omar confess his secrets: he's training to become the guardian of the Second Dimension, while he's exploring the Fifth. Laura invites Pete on a journey to the Fifth Dimensionbut her game becomes a nightmare when she and Pete are captured, and the whole existence of the world depends on Omar's ability to rescue them. After the seriousness of Singularity, Sleator has returned to some of the humor of Interstellar Pig. A welcome offering from a versatile writer. (10-16)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Omar is the strangest boy Laura has ever met. His friendship with her is costing her, too-her best friend is moving in on the boy she likes, and no one can understand why she sits with Omar at lunch. But Omar has certain qualities that fascinate her. How can he retrieve a paper from her locker? Why is his hair parted on one side in the morning and the other side in the afternoon? And wasn't a tooth missing on the other side? Omar can reverse himself, he tells Laura, and although it can be dangerous he takes her with him. "Just this once," he says, "and don't tell anyone." But that's simply not possible, and Laura and her friends find themselves in dimensions no one could have imagined. Sleator is a master at creating odd situations and making them just believable. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up How can the mathematical uncertainties and complexities of the fourth dimension translate into a successful novel? Sleator begins by creating fully realized, sympathetic, three -dimensional characters whom readers are eager to follow into an alternative ``terra'' so ``incognita'' as to boggle the mind and inspire an almost Lovecraftian horror. Omar, a ``weird'' new kid, and teenage Laura are the travelers into the fourth dimension here, and those adults who may question their motivation have forgotten the overwhelming urgency of the adolescent need for love and acceptance. The alternative world that they find is a spectacularly successful speculative achievement, thanks in part to its remarkable verisimilitude and in part to Sleator's success in creating wonderfully alien creatures who are, nevertheless, emotionally and intellectually comprehensible. The mathematics of their milieu has also been made intellectually comprehensible (no small achievement) by Sleator's skillful introduction of theoretical considerations into his plot and his consistent application of them. In fact his two worldsours and its fourth-dimensional neighbormay be seen as representing two sides of an equation, just as his two sets of charactersLaura and Omar, Gigigi and Ramoomare oddly identical. The sum of all these disparate parts is a novel that is viscerally exciting, mentally stimulating, and deeply satisfying. Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140389654
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 380,468
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 7.15 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    it is great

    the story,plot and coflict was right on time and it was perfect

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    science??? fiction

    Entertaining, and sort of mesmorising, this book was vaguly accurate. The science in it was the best part... but i already knew it. Read it. It's good, but not great.

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