Publisher's Note:  

High school will be a breeze for Jenni Kershaw -- if she lives long enough to enroll, that is.  Jenni's ordinary, eighth grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are unknowingly transported to another world.  There they encounter amazing creatures, some of which think a kid shish kebab would be a tasty treat. But they soon find the greatest dangers they face may come from themselves ...  Follow Jenni and her class on their extraordinary adventures in their fight to discover who -- and what -- they really are.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by MAD Design, Inc.

A Measure of Disorder

by Alan Tucker

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What would your body look like if your appearance reflected your true inner soul?  "A Measure of Disorder" has a dreamy, movie-like quality to it, which my mind effortlessly brought to life.  It's an entertaining and thoughtful read that leads the reader on a journey to discover an extraordinary "alter" Earth filled with adventure, friends, and self-discovery.  I appreciated Tucker's simple detailing, which flowed very smoothly throughout the vast majority of the story, giving the reader just enough structure to let the imagination thrive.  However, a few spots felt overwhelmed by detail and were also rushed, and I had to re-read them to fully grasp what was happening.  Simplifying these few passages, and aligning them with the flow of the rest of the story would make this a fluid overall read.  As an adult, I found that there were a few pieces of the plot and some character development that I found disjointed, but the author's wonderful story-telling overly made up for any minor gaps.  What I can say, without a doubt, is that this book will definitely connect with teens (both boys AND girls).  Teens will fully identify with the characters in the story, and will find themselves captivated by a remarkably creative adventure.

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I found this book as a whole to have a very "clean read" feel to it.  However, there were instances of mild violence throughout the entire story.  Examples would be:  a character gets "hit square in the chest" with an arrow and falls into a river, a character get bit by an unseen creature and they care for the terrible-looking wound, a dragon relishes in eating bloody deer corpses, characters come in contact with toxic substances that give the open sores, and one character intentionally wounds another with a spike.  All of these instances (and the others) are spelled out almost exactly as I have described them above.  I found them all mild in nature, but frequent throughout the story.  For the reason of frequency, I cannot recommend this as a completely clean read.  However, I will say, as this book is a fantasy, it was a very mild read compared to the vast majority of teen/YA fantasy reads.  So, in my mind, this is still a great "cleaner" alternative to most of the fantasy books available.  Just take into consideration the mild violence throughout, combined with the intended reader, when deciding if this is a good pick four you or your family.

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Reviewed By Melissa
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