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Achieving legendary status takes an interplanetary twist in this fast-paced chuckler by Dunk and Hidden Talents novelist David Lubar.
When Ryan McKenzie finds metallic disks behind his middle school, he's sure they're evidence of alien life. His suspicions prove right, but it's not until he masters "flipping" the alien disks that he realizes their true power -- they let users experience great moments in the life of historic legends, such as Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, and Queen Victoria. Ryan has a ball during his periodic (and addictive) escapes into greatness, but the trouble is, he's normally a screw-up, and his parents and teachers think he's having mental problems. Fortunately, Ryan's overachieving twin sister, Taylor, is always there to thwart accusations, and his dorky pal, Ellis, provides some meager support against a bully who threatens to pummel him. But when Ryan finally meets the bully in the schoolyard for a gladiator-style showdown, the last disk provides a surprisingly nonviolent solution -- and an end to his parent troubles -- that makes Ryan a true hero after all.
Through quick scene changes and personalities that come and go with the blink of an eye, Lubar's Flip is a suspensefully amusing mesh of light sci fi, history, and everyday teen life. The author artfully transforms his characters without immediately mentioning the historical figure by name -- adding a clever "guessing game" to the plot -- while his storytelling twists hilarious events into glimpses of serious family problems with panache. A crowd-pleasing page-turner that will leave readers flipped by the satisfying end. Shana Taylor