The Marvelous Effect: Book One of the Marvelous World Series

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Louis Proof is an ordinary kid.

He loves listening to hip-hop, racing radio-controlled cars, and hanging out with his best friend, Brandon. Then a mysterious letter invites him to visit the local junkyard. There he finds a secret, underground amusement park like no other in existence. This is the best day of Louis's life. The park even has the most amazing race course for radio-controlled cars. Louis starts racing right away. It's a close ...

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Overview

Louis Proof is an ordinary kid.

He loves listening to hip-hop, racing radio-controlled cars, and hanging out with his best friend, Brandon. Then a mysterious letter invites him to visit the local junkyard. There he finds a secret, underground amusement park like no other in existence. This is the best day of Louis's life. The park even has the most amazing race course for radio-controlled cars. Louis starts racing right away. It's a close contest; he's about to activate his nitro boost to take the lead, when...

This is the worst day of Louis's life. Without warning or reason, thirteen-year-old Louis Proof falls into a coma due to a virus of a mysterious, celestial origin. When he awakens three months later, the world that he once knew and loved is totally out of control. He will learn that his illness is connected to everything that is wrong, and that it's not only his responsibility but his destiny to set things right.

This story is a megadramatic, remarkably true, super action fantasy. Get ready!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 15.

After being attacked by a phantom-like spectacle and thrown into a three-month-long coma, thirteen-year-old Louis Proof wakes up to discover that he is the chosen one, bound to save Earth. While in his coma, Louis is trained in Midlandia, the center of the universe, and his city is attacked by the Galonious Imperial Evil. One by one, adults are sucked into another dimension and replaced with Galonious's menacing army of Crims in preparation for his arrival. Galonious plans to break through the dimensional barrier and attack Earth with his negative energy that "frees" people from their social and moral inhibitions. The only way for Galonious to inhabit Earth is to get Louis trapped in another dimension. With friends and positive energy on his side, Louis is determined to stop Galonious. Thankfully his mother gave him the Alonis medallion that gives him superpowers and makes him impervious to harm. This action-packed, contemporary, good-versus-evil fantasy with video-game-like fighting is accessible to both avid and reluctant readers who will be attracted by Louis's superpowers and "superhyperfighting." The setting, plot, and character's age make it a middle school title, but the book gets darker and more mature as Galonious's evil influence causes unspeakable acts of violence and murder. Nothing is graphically depicted, merely stated. The publishers are marketing this book heavily as an urban fantasy with an African American hero, but the constant use of slang such as "homie" and "aiiight" is distracting and limits the book's longevity. Reviewer: Sarah Cofer
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

School Library Journal

Gr 6-9 Fantasy fiction with African-American protagonists is hard enough to come by, so it's a joy to discover a book that fills the need with flair. Louis Proof is racing RC cars in an underground amusement park when he glimpses a pair of ethereal beings. Soon after, he falls into a coma and awakens three months later to a world turned upside down. Surreal events have become commonplace, several parents and teachers are now unusually permissive, and the teen has been granted phenomenal powers. Eventually a stranger named Timothy explains that Louis is about to become a CLE-"a Celestial-like Entity." He has been recruited for an Earthbound extension of the eternal conflict between two races at the center of the universe: the virtuous iLone and the evil eNoli. Louis needs to prevent an escaped eNoli named Galonious from "liberating" humanity from the effects of empathy and conscience. While Galonious inspires a great deal of unsettling behavior (Louis's best friend steals pornography; physical abuse, murder, and suicide are also mentioned), things never get too dark, and the author forgoes a traditional "black-and-white" approach to the conflict by examining the complex interplay of the positive and negative forces in the characters' lives. The narration has the free-flowing, engrossing rhythm of oral storytelling, punctuated by poetic interludes that comment (sometimes ironically) on the action. A worthy addition to modern-age magic tales such as Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series (Hyperion/Miramax).-Christi Voth Esterle, Parker Library, CO

Kirkus Reviews
Death and destruction reign in this first novel that reads like a shooter video game written by a hip-hop aficionado. A prologue sets up the scenario with the escape of the evil eNoli from the Marvelous World. Louis L. Proof, a regular all-American kid living in suburban New Jersey, is dragged from his everyday life to battle these invaders from the world of Midlandia. From the start, the action is fast, the suspense constant and the story always entertaining. It doesn't hurt that the young characters-Louis, his cousin Angela and his wise-cracking friend Brandon-are likable and well-developed, as are their Midlandian allies. The evil invaders don't fare so well, being both cartoonish and predictable. Narrative techniques include an omniscient narrator, bold-faced comments and pep talks, letters and flashbacks. A complex mix of fantasy and science fiction will appeal strongly to adventure fans, gamers and reluctant readers. The combination of ambitious narrative, some overly explicit violent episodes and a few vulgarities will require maturity on the part of readers. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416939580
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: Marvelous World Series , #1
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    This is one of those books I wish existed when my kids were litt

    This is one of those books I wish existed when my kids were little. Shoot, wish I could have read it as a child. Because of it's contemporary attitude and setting, the kids all loved it. Plus the main characters, Louis, his little cousin, Angela, and his best friend , Brandon, are believable kids. It's a classic good battles evil, with the evil coming in the form of shady beings from another dimension. I actually read this years ago when it came out . We read a few chapters each night and the kids couldn't wait  for reading time. They loved the characters and got into discussing what happened, the characters, why Louis and the others were against the 'Crims', etc. And I liked the writer's style. It was quick, lively and just the right amount of descriptive. Oh, and the kids liked that the apostrophes in the book were missing, supposedly stolen by the 'Crims'. This book shows a lot of creativity. There is a little bit of mild swearing, but it just keeps it real. I didn't find it offensive. It's ok for younger kids, 7 or 8. If you don't want them to read it, read it to them and change the words. The rest of the story is worth it.  

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Highly recommend!!!!

    This book was excellent and I loved it! Can't wait for the next one in the series. They must make this a movie! Lots of action and mystery!

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    Wow! What a story! <BR/><BR/>Louis Proof is a teenager in East Orange, New Jersey. When the book opens, Louis one of the most popular students in his class. He is helpful, kind, and smart. He accepts an invitation to go to a wonderful amusement park where all of your wildest dreams come true. After things go a little wrong there, Louis leaves and mysteriously collapses and falls into a coma. <BR/><BR/>When Louis awakens, it is three months later and everything is different. Many adults are being replaced with replicas of themselves -- and they are a child's dream. They let their kids do anything they want. Slowly, Louis realizes that he is the earth's only chance. Earth is being taken over by Galonious, a very funny but evil person. He takes away a person's inhibitions and promises freedom. Some people steal and vandalize while others commit murder. <BR/><BR/>I spent some time speaking with my fifth-graders about this concept and I believe that they found it as scary as I did. The story doesn't come to a conclusion, as there are supposed to be sequels. The hero is also African-American, which is a first, and there are many references to popular culture which makes the story fun. <BR/><BR/>Enjoy reading THE MARVELOUS EFFECT!

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    Posted October 24, 2007

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    Wow! What a story! Louis Proof is a teenager in East Orange, New Jersey. When the book opens, Louis one of the most popular students in his class. He is helpful, kind, and smart. He accepts an invitation to go to a wonderful amusement park where all of your wildest dreams come true. After things go a little wrong there, Louis leaves and mysteriously collapses and falls into a coma. When Louis awakens, it is three months later and everything is different. Many adults are being replaced with replicas of themselves -- and they are a child's dream. They let their kids do anything they want. Slowly, Louis realizes that he is the earth's only chance. Earth is being taken over by Galonious, a very funny but evil person. He takes away a person's inhibitions and promises freedom. Some people steal and vandalize while others commit murder. I spent some time speaking with my fifth-graders about this concept and I believe that they found it as scary as I did. The story doesn't come to a conclusion, as there are supposed to be sequels. The hero is also African-American, which is a first, and there are many references to popular culture which makes the story fun. Enjoy reading THE MARVELOUS EFFECT! **Reviewed by: Marta Morrison

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