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A fantasy adventure about 15-year-old Bobby Pendragon who travels to alternate dimensions.


A fantasy adventure about 15-year-old Bobby Pendragon who travels to alternate dimensions.

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Children's Literature
In this fourth book in the series "Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space" Bobby Pendragon must save people in the territory of Veelox from what seems to them like a perfect world. There everyone can and does escape into an electronically-induced dream state where they live out all their best fantasies. Sounds good, but the fantasy world becomes so addictive, people refuse to leave it. The homes and businesses of Veelox are deserted. As if that weren't enough, St. Dane, the ultimate villain who seeks to destroy all humanity, twists a Reality Bug that has invaded the system so that ideal dreams become terrifying nightmares. The awful dreams will not stop unless Bobby and his few allies learn the origin code and defeat St. Dane, who has many tricks to confound them. Bobby is a 14-year-old who was leading an average teenage life on Second Earth until he learns he is destined to be a Traveler, one of just a few people with the power to travel through time and space to save the territories from St. Dane. Each book in the series includes the action-packed journal Bobby sends back to his two friends at home, along with what the friends are doing on Second Earth to help him. These fast-paced, highly visual books are the first novels of Mr. MacHale began his career as writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series, specials and movies. He plans ten books in the Pendragon series. 2003, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, Ages 9 to 12.
— Janet Crane Barley

Product Details

Demco Media
Publication date:
Pendragon Series, #4
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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The Reality Bug

By D. J. MacHale


Copyright © 2003 D. J. MacHale
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780743437349

Chapter One: Second Earth

Bobby Pendragon slipped the heavy ring onto his finger, where it belonged. But no sooner was it back in place when surprisingly, it began to twitch.

"What's the matter?" Mark Dimond asked.

"'s activating," Bobby said with surprise.

"Really? You mean there's a gate around here?" Courtney Chetwynde asked.

The gray stone in the center of the ring began to glow, then sparkle. A second later a sharp beam of light shot from its center. With a flash, the light blossomed into an image that hovered in front of the group.

Mark and Courtney took a surprised step backward. Gunny Van Dyke stepped protectively in front of them. But Bobby held his ground. Of the four of them standing on the empty lot at 2 Linden Place, Second Earth, Bobby was the only one who had seen this particular phenomenon before.

Floating before them was the image of a girl. Actually, it was a girl's head. Just a head. It was bigger than life, but definitely a girl. She had blond hair pulled back in a ponytail and wore small, yellow-tinted glasses.

"Whoa," said Courtney in awe.

"Yeah, whoa," added Mark.

"Aja Killian," whispered Bobby.

"Who?" Gunny asked.

"The Traveler from Veelox."

"Where have you been?" the floating head demanded angrily. "I've beentrying to contact you for ages!"

"Long story," Bobby answered.

"I don't want to hear it, Pendragon," Aja's head shot back. "You'd better get back to Veelox."

"Why?" Bobby asked.

Aja-head hesitated. She looked nervous. Or at least as nervous as a 3-D floating head could look. "I'm not saying I made a mistake," she explained with a touch of embarrassment. "This may be a total false alarm, but -- "

"Just say it!" Bobby shouted.

"All right!" Aja snapped. "Saint Dane may have slipped through my security system. He is here on Veelox."

Bobby smiled and asked teasingly, "You're telling me your perfect security system isn't all that perfect?"

"Are you coming or not?" Aja demanded. She didn't like being challenged.

"On my way," Bobby answered.

"Don't take your time," Aja said snottily. Then the image vanished. The beam of light shot back into the ring and all was normal.

"Well," said Courtney with a sigh. "That was...strange."

"I guess I'm going to Veelox," Bobby said. Then looked to Gunny and asked, "Want to come?"

"Wouldn't miss it," Gunny answered with a smile.

Bobby turned to face Mark and Courtney. "This has been the best week of my life," he said sincerely.

The three friends had just spent an excellent week together, forgetting for a short while that Bobby Pendragon was a Traveler who shot across the universe, protecting Halla from an evil demon. Mark was nearly in tears. Courtney wasn't far behind. She walked up to Bobby and before he realized what was happening, she grabbed him and planted a serious kiss on his lips. Bobby didn't fight it. Once the shock was over, he wrapped his arms around Courtney and held her close.

Mark and Gunny turned away.

"So?" Gunny asked Mark. "How 'bout them Yankees?"

When Courtney and Bobby finally unlocked lips, Bobby's eyes were a little watery. But Courtney's gaze was razor sharp.

"Let's not wait another year before the next one, okay?" she said.

"Uh...sure. Sounds good," Bobby replied, trying to keep his knees from buckling.

Mark looked at Bobby, his best friend, and said, "Remember what we talked about, okay?"

"I promise," Bobby answered sincerely.

Bobby and Gunny walked toward the street and the limousine that was waiting to take them to the Bronx, and the flume.

"How are you feeling, shorty?" Gunny asked. "I mean...where is your head you know, with things?"

"I feel like Saint Dane got the better of me on First Earth," he answered thoughtfully. He then locked eyes with Gunny and said with total confidence, "And I'm not gonna let it happen again."

Gunny chuckled.

"What's so funny?" Bobby asked.

"Shorty, you're starting to sound just like your uncle Press."

Bobby smiled. He liked that. The two got into the back of the big car, the driver gunned the engine, and they were on their way.

Mark and Courtney watched as the black limo picked up speed with Bobby's hand still out the window, waving good-bye.

"What was it you guys talked about?" Courtney asked Mark.

"All sorts of things," he said with a sly smile. "But I'll tell you one thing: I'll bet we're going to see Bobby Pendragon again, a lot sooner than you think."

They took a last look at the departing limousine and saw Bobby pull his arm back inside. The car turned onto the main road and disappeared.

Copyright © 2003 by D. J. MacHale


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Meet the Author

D. J. MacHale is a writer, director, and producer of several

popular television series and movies that include Flight 29 Down;

Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Encyclopedia Brown, Boy

Detective; Tower of Terror; and Ghostwriter. Pendragon,

his first book series, is a #1 New York Times bestselling series.

He lives in southern California with his wife, Evangeline; his daughter,

Keaton; a golden retriever, Maggie; and a kitten, Kaboodle.

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Reality Bug 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 202 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After sending Spader home on 1st Earth, Bobby finds himself in a world taken over by virtual reality. In this world where nothing seems quite right. . . Nothing is. The people are fading fast, and Bobby depends solely on his past traveler friends, the traveler from Veelox, and his knowledge of siant dane's style to overcome the ever-growing problem, but will it be enough? Find out in thin incredible 4th installment in the fabulous Pendragon series. I started this book the same day i finished it, and i think i stopped once. WARNING:this book is impossible to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give 10 stars if possible. It is amazing, but a bit complicated. I love the nonstop action, but only problem is you know bobby will live because he was able to write a journal about it. Other than that, super cool! Love the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best one yet in the series
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Awesome and cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pendragon is a must-read series. It is packed with adventurous tales. As a twelve- year- old, I really enjoyed this book specifically. It keep me in suspense and high on my toes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love how Saint Dane got his first territory. It seemed like all the other books were building up to a defeat, but I didn't expect it to be this one. Especially after everything seemed perfect when Bobby arrived on Veelox. I love how it crumbled on the last page!!! Must read!!! I LOVE PENDRAGON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this has to be my favorite territorie yet text highfive dj. Machale!
DinFaroreNaryu78 More than 1 year ago
This one moved a little slower than the first three, but still really good. The concept of the Reality Bug seems like a future advance in science, but a little creepy at the same time. MacHale continues to impress as things get messier in the territories. 
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I have not read this yet, and I know that it is going to be awesome. In fact, it kind of sounds like The Matrix.
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Saint Dane... Wins? Bobby comes to an awesome sci-fi territory only to lose it to Saint Dane. I only reccomend to people who are reading pendragon and understand that sometimes, the bad dudes win.
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This book has some amazing technology in it
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