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by J. M. DeMatteis

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What if your dearest friends were trapped in a world that was dying?

Mehera Beatrice Crosby has one great love—and it's not following the latest health fads (like her school friend Celeste), and it's definitely not Andrew Suarez (even if he does have a ridiculous crush on her). It's Imaginalis, her favorite book series.

When she learns that the


What if your dearest friends were trapped in a world that was dying?

Mehera Beatrice Crosby has one great love—and it's not following the latest health fads (like her school friend Celeste), and it's definitely not Andrew Suarez (even if he does have a ridiculous crush on her). It's Imaginalis, her favorite book series.

When she learns that the long-awaited last book in the series has been canceled, Mehera is devastated—until strange events begin unfolding, and she realizes that her Imaginalian friends are counting on her to rescue them from their fading existence. Soon Mehera finds herself traveling between her world and the kingdom of Imaginalis. But what will happen when she accidentally brings the villain of the series, Pralaya, back to Earth, along with Prince Imagos and his Companions? Has Mehera doomed both worlds beyond repair, or is there a way to save Mehera's world—and Imaginalis, too?

Expert storyteller J. M. DeMatteis's richly imagined fantasy is a fast-paced adventure and a testament to the power of loyal friendship, creativity, and imagination.

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Publishers Weekly
In a sure-footed fantasy from DeMatteis (the Abadazad series), Mehera Beatrice Crosby is a precocious and enthusiastic 12-year-old who is wholeheartedly obsessed with the Imaginalis book series. She is the epitome of a loyal reader, and when she finds out that the series has been canceled, she is bereft and does everything in her power to resurrect her favorite characters, including trying to contact them: "Sure, it was a mystery--bigger and better than any Nancy Drew had ever faced--but I was going to solve it." She discovers that Uncle Nossyss the elephant, dashing Prince Imagos, Prognostica the Nebulous Seer, and other beloved characters are trapped in Nolandia and are slowly disappearing, requiring Mehera to build an Unbelievable Bridge to Earth to save them. While the book borrows several concepts from The Neverending Story (namely that the reader becomes a character in the book and that "the whole universe is just a story"), the well-drawn characters, abundant action and humor, and hopeful message about the power of reading and belief keep it afloat. Ages 8-12. (July)
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
Mehera Crosby has been dreaming about Imaginalis since her father first began reading her the stories when she was a young girl. Even though classmates, and even her best friend, relentlessly tease her about her devotion to the childish series, she just can't get enough. She also can't shake the feeling that Imaginalis is more than simply a fictional place in a book. When her father comes home from his job at a bookstore with the information that the final book in the series is not going to come out—ever—Mehera cannot fathom a world without Imaginalis. She cannot accept that she will never know the outcome of her favorite characters. What happens next can only be described as extraordinary—the characters in the book actually summon Mehera to help save them! In a whirlwind adventure better than she could ever have dreamed up, Mehera joins the characters from her favorite books to try to save their world from extinction. Imaginalis, like Inkheart and Neverending Story, captures the imaginative child's dream of becoming a part of his or her favorite story and joining forces with the characters that they have grown to love in order to complete one final quest. Though this adventure contains too many characters and confusing story threads for younger readers, the idea as a whole is an engaging and captivating adventure. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
Evelyn Baldwin
For most of Mehera's friends, Imaginalis is nothing more than a fairy tale book series, a story they gave up a long time ago. But for Mehera, Imaginalis is something more—a reality she almost believes in. When publishers decide to cancel the series, she begins a one-girl quest to keep the storyline alive, a quest that leads her right into the drama of Imaginalis itself. As the lines of her world begin to blur, Mehera discovers that she may be the only person capable of saving Imaginalis and, in a dangerous twist, our own world as well. With a story that brings together Narnian-like lions, Middle Earth-style magic, and wizardry that even Harry Potter would covet, Imaginalis is a perfect recommendation for lovers of fantasy writing. A fast-paced but well-developed read, DeMatteis's book leaves readers wondering if the imaginary isn't more real than we might believe. Reviewer: Evelyn Baldwin
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Mehera, an avid fan of the "Imaginalis" books, is anxiously awaiting the next installment. Devastated when she finally learns that the novel has been canceled, she tries to contact the author, to no avail. When she begins to receive strange messages and is eventually transported to Nolandia, the 12-year-old discovers that her long-held belief that Imaginalis is real is, in fact, true. The denizens of this world—including the seer Prognostica, valiant Prince Imagos, and the wise, Ganesh-esque Lord Nossyss—will cease to exist unless she can find the author and convince her to write the rest of the story. Fighting against the youngster and her companions is the villainous Pralaya, who seeks to become a resident of Earth and destroy it as he has long sought to destroy Imaginalis. The underpinnings of DeMatteis's novel are reminiscent of "The Chronicles of Narnia" with its religious parallels (in this case, Hinduism), humans who are responsible for the fate of an imaginary world, and powerful leader who is willing to sacrifice all for the good of his people. Some parts of the plot seem underdeveloped, and Mehera herself is not a particularly engaging character. However, the premise is intriguing and will delight readers who imagine themselves in the pages of their favorite books.—Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

J. M. DeMatteis has been a professional musician, a rock journalist, and a writer for film and television, but he's best known as a critically acclaimed, Eisner Award–winning writer of comic books. In addition to his work on Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and many other pop culture icons, he is the author of an acclaimed autobiographical graphic novel, Brooklyn Dreams, as well as the Abadazad series for young readers. Mr. DeMatteis lives with his family in New York. This is his first novel for HarperCollins.

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Imaginalis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Pulp-Writer More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful fantasy adventure with warmth, humor, and true emotions. It is filled with vivid settings and characters that come to life with every turn of the page. Imaginalis is a book that will appeal to the young and the young at heart. The book's main character, Mehera Beatrice Crosby is an engaging protagonist and it is a joy to join her on her personal journey of discovery and watch as she goes from being a typical seventh grader to hero and savior of the amazing world that is Imaginalis.