Jimmy and Seb love playing the video games, and when they try a new game, they enter a surreal world.
Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaroJimmy and Seb enjoy playing games at Terror World. The games are scary and ghosts and aliens seem real. One day their games are turned off. The owner offers them a free chance to play an even scarier game. The boys agree to play. It is scary and they tell the owner it is the best game they ever played. The owner says he has an even scarier one but too scary for them. He finally agrees to let them play. They hop on a fast motorcycle and disappear down a dark, mean street where they hear fierce noises. A razor cat frightens them; he is meaner than any cat they have ever seen. The boys think the game is over when they walk through the exit and into a sunny park. But the place is filled with angry, mean cats with one attacking them. The book leaves the reader wondering if the boys are safe and the game is really over. Included are short prompts, short reviews of other books in the set, and Internet site information.
School Library JournalGr 5-7-These novels are designed for reluctant and slow readers. In the first book, Duncan is hit by a soccer ball and can then see an evil, smelly ghost. Blamed for the apparition's actions, the boy must figure out how to get rid of him. In Terror World, two boys find that the game they are playing at an arcade has taken them into a frightening real world inhabited by razor cats. Secret Room puts Adam in the middle of a World War II air raid. All three titles feature middle-school characters and have plots that develop quickly. The chapters typically end with some hook to keep readers involved. Accomplished readers won't be attracted to these books because of their simplistic appearance, but the large print and short length may appeal to readers who are intimidated by longer, text-heavy titles. The books might actually be more useful for teachers purchasing materials for resource-room use rather than for general library collections as they seem to lend themselves to direct reading instruction. Each novel contains discussion questions and writing prompts.-Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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