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When Jessica Sternhagen walks into a bookstore and finds a volume entitled Her Lif waiting for her, she thinks it's a joke. Who left the book for her? And shouldn't the title be Her Life? This printer's error turns out to be the first in a series of bizarre happenings. As Jessica reads, she realizes life is about to radically change. This stunning thriller by master storyteller Walter Sorrells raises as many questions as it answers about the power of books, the importance of free thought, and the potential our ...

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Overview

When Jessica Sternhagen walks into a bookstore and finds a volume entitled Her Lif waiting for her, she thinks it's a joke. Who left the book for her? And shouldn't the title be Her Life? This printer's error turns out to be the first in a series of bizarre happenings. As Jessica reads, she realizes life is about to radically change. This stunning thriller by master storyteller Walter Sorrells raises as many questions as it answers about the power of books, the importance of free thought, and the potential our decisions have to change—and even save—the world.

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Publishers Weekly

Highly imaginative, fast-paced and a bit disorienting, Sorrell's (First Shot) rich novel centers on a gangly, inquisitive seventh-grader who believes she is living the wrong life. Jessica Sternhagen doesn't connect with anyone in her boring town except Dale, who is equally an outsider. When Jessica stumbles into a mysterious bookstore, the clerk hands her a novel entitled Her Lif, a page-by-page account of Jessica's own uninspired history. But Her Lif is an erratum, a printer's error, which should have been Her Life. As Jessica and Dale embark on one chaotic escapade after another, dodging an unscrupulous vacuum salesman who hopes to take over the world, the entire book becomes filled with errata-and each of their decisions changes its outcome. Jessica must save the universe by altering present events to change the past. Sorrell presents a stew of hearty concepts, including string theory, alternate dimensions and mind control. Readers with a taste for science or science fiction will be especially intrigued, and while some ideas may be beyond other members of the audience, they will nevertheless savor the nonstop action. Ages 9-11. (Oct.)

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Gr 4-8

An erratum is a writer or publisher's error in printing, or an error list with corrections. In this story, the erratum is in the universe, and it is up to Jessica Sternhagen, age 10, and her friend Dale to make the corrections. When Jessica gets a copy of a book with a misprint in the title, Her Lif , she discovers that the book is all about her actual life. Its words change as she makes choices, and she proves to be a smart and courageous heroine as she faces danger and evil at every turn. Dale lives with his dysfunctional family in poverty, and Jessica lives in a nice house with her supportive parents. They have often wondered if they were born into the wrong family because they never felt that they belonged. Now it turns out that they were right, because in the process of saving the universe and stopping the evil alternate world from taking over, they discover that Jessica really belongs in the unhappy family on the wrong side of the tracks, and Dale is the one with the father who plays catch with his son and whose mother bakes cookies. Jessica must make the ultimate choice to stay with her "right" but unhappy family in this story in which Alice's Adventures in Wonderland meets The Giver , and choices do indeed have consequences.-Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School Library, Loveland, CO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525478324
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/16/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Sorrells lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    ERRATUM is a fantastic complex science fiction thriller

    In Alsberg, Minnesota, seventh grader Jessica Sternberg knows she has always been different as she is taller than all the boys and can jump higher than any of them. However, she prefers reading to basketball to the chagrin of the basketball coach who believes she would make them a state contender. Thus it is not shocking for her to enter Queeg & Rosewood Antiquarian where the owners insist they have her book already paid for at a cost of $3719 to give her. The book is titled ¿Her Lif¿. Jessica looks at the last page and realizes that the owners try to kill her. She escapes by grabbing a paperweight that she drops outside the building vanishes.--------------- Jessica runs into her best friend Dale McDuffie who got a call from the most famous library in the world insisting he needs to return his borrowed copy of My Lif. Soon the pair is involved in all sorts of adventures caused by the ERRATUM to My Lif. Whereas villain Bob Robbins wants to vacuum a hole in the universe Jessica is destiny¿s child trying to prevent it from happening.------------- Though the audience is fourth to sixth grade, ERRATUM is a fantastic complex science fiction thriller that uses string theory as the basis of the adventures of a wonderful seventh grader that children and adults of all ages will relish. Jessica is a terrific tweener though at times she seems much more mature as she struggles to add the ¿e¿ to Her Lif and eliminate the ERRATUM. With libraries never the same and an incredible final Twilight Zone like twist, fans will root for Jessica as she tries to save the universe.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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