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From The CriticsWhen her mother disappears, 12-year-old Nellie is left to manage on her own. She has a tough, lonely life on the streets, stealing money and food and evading a rough gang of boys called the Skulls. Nellie becomes aware of "flux," the ability to alter her vibratory rate in the molecular field, and she learns to travel back and forth to different "levels" of reality. During her travels to parallel worlds, Nellie glimpses horrifying experiments on children and wonders about her own unremembered past. She eventually finds a friend in 14-year-old Deller, the leader of the Skulls. Together they search for Deller's missing younger brother, who is trapped in another reality. I loved this book! The plot is imaginative; the characters are interesting and believable; the strange-yet-familiar setting is intriguing. Many of the mysteries of this story are left unanswered, leaving this reader happily anticipating a sequel. It's highly recommended. 2004, Orca Book Publishers, 258 pp., Ages young adult.