Rem World

Rem World

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by Rodman Philbrick
     
 

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Award-winning novelist Rodman Philbrick challenges the boundaries of time and place in this exciting fantasy. "Harry Potter fans will recognize the misfit hero in a strange, new world." - Booklist Arthur Woodbury is tired of being called fat. So he's purchased a special product that's supposed to help him lose weight. But when he puts on the helmet like the

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Award-winning novelist Rodman Philbrick challenges the boundaries of time and place in this exciting fantasy. "Harry Potter fans will recognize the misfit hero in a strange, new world." - Booklist Arthur Woodbury is tired of being called fat. So he's purchased a special product that's supposed to help him lose weight. But when he puts on the helmet like the instructions say, his world vanishes before his very eyes. Now he is trapped in REM World, a place where nothing is as it seems. And it's not enough just to find his way home. By entering REM World, Arthur accidentally released a terrible creature into the real world. It's Nothing, and it's going to eat away everything in the world until all that remains is itself. Arthur's never been the heroic kind - but now it's up to him to save the world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An 11-year-old orders a weight-loss device, but because he fails to follow the directions, he unleashes a force that could destroy the universe. Imaginative characters and a string of cliffhangers make this science-fiction novel a fun and faced-paced read, said PW. Ages 9-14. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Arthur, an overweight, fatherless adolescent, knew his mom didn't understand him. He spent many hours alone in their basement. And he knew that all he needed was a $9.99 miracle weight loss device, directions followed to the letter, and a night of sleep to wake up thinner and smarter. Upon awakening, or so he thought, he quickly learned that he only had read one side of the directions for the REM device and was now trapped in REM World with a peculiar character names Morf. Encounters with fog monsters, giants, cloud people, and Vydel's Mouth propel Arthur closer to both home and an acceptance and belief in himself. Imaginative, fast-paced action from the author of Freak the Mighty. 2000, Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, Ages 9 to 14, $16.95. Reviewer: Mary Sue Preissner
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This fantasy may appeal to a young audience unfamiliar with the genre, but it leaves much to be desired. Arthur Woodbury, 10, has had enough of fat jokes, so when he sees an ad for a sleep device that guarantees weight loss, he wastes no time. However, he fails to read the instructions completely, and the magic helmet deposits him in REM World, creating a conundrum that violates the laws of the universe. Arthur must get home, or the creeping Nothing will envelop Everything and the universe will cease to exist. In action-packed, cliff-hanging chapters, Arthur is helped by REM World beings ("Morf," "Grog," "Mr. Pockets") and earns himself a new name, Arthur Courage. The plot wanders from one surprising encounter to the next, with only a cursory mythology to explain Nothing and Everything, and an underdeveloped setting, so that REM World never quite feels like an actual place. Arthur is miraculously thin when he returns home, but the explanation that he's been unusually active over the course of a few days doesn't suffice. In fact, the issue of Arthur's body shape drops out of the picture while he's in REM World (it's the "courage" issue that surfaces there), so this framing device for the story seems hollow. It also is conspicuously reminiscent of Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth (Knopf, 1961), in which this device is carried through and developed. Despite the thinness in plot, REM may hold appeal for some reluctant readers; Philbrick's narrative voice is exciting and pulls the right strings.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Carden
What a pleasant relief to find REM World, by Rodman Philbrick! Here's an interesting, fast-paced, fantasy novel that is not loaded with violence and gore.
The Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545668606
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Rem World 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for all ages. It will keep you thirsting for more and wishing it won't end. It is a quick and fabulous read and I recommend it to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have shared REM World with my 5th grade students because I found it to carry an important message about self-esteem. They loved the book for the wonderful adventures, humor and fantasy included and have listed it as a favorite time and time again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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My number- 607-759-8586
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[One, Scarlet Letter IS Oliver Twist. Sorry.] <p> The biggest random Rp at 'all too human' result one. <p> Idea: Maybe make a Transformers Rp or something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RP's to join; <br> The hugest Human RP I've ever seen, besides Naplo and Scarlet Letter, Oliver Twist at 'Oliver Twist' result one. <br> No sure is these two are still active but, Two Hishscool/Human RP's at 'Dark School' and 'Night'. Last time I check, the one at 'Night' was growing crazily. <br> There's a Demi-God/Human RP at 'Pons' result two. Pretty active.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An town rp or an song rp