Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Review: The Interdimensional Dumpster by Ray Conner
The Interdimensional Dumpster
Author: Ray Conner
Description: Have you ever wondered if you were meant for greater things than sitting on a couch playing video games? That's how 12 year old Willie Ford felt until that fateful day his parents told him how he was found in a dumpster 10 years ago. The Interdimensional Dumpster follows Willie and his friends as they unknowingly return to that same dumpster. They end up in a strange, yet familiar land and must help save it from an evil king.
A fun, fast read aimed at 9-12 year old boys who like adventures, heroes, video games and dragons. Will is a fairly ordinary boy who likes video games, especially Peril in Placidia, set in a world with kings and castles and dragons. But then comes the day his parents tell him how he came to be found in a dumpster, and quickly everything changes.
Before long, Will and his friends find themselves back in that dumpster, and through to a place that feels awfully familiar to the video game playing boy. Is he inside a game, or is something more mysterious going on?
The story moves quickly, and is sometimes rather obvious and convenient, but it looks like a good book for either reluctant readers who will see themselves in it, or young readers who simply need another good, light book.
I bought this for my Kindle after seeing a mention of it on Twitter. I recommend it, but suggest that girls or readers of either gender who are more discerning may like a somewhat similarly plotted, but better written, The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson.
Three stars out of five.
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