Childrens Kathy Mackel From the Horse's Mouth

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From the Horse's Mouth

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It's time for a troublemaker and a homecoming princess to save the universe!

When the target of his teasing tries to punch him into next week, Nick Thorpe ends up only a few hours into the future.

It's weird. Nick can't touch anything. Nothing moves. He can't step back into the real world until time catches up with him. And it keeps happening. At last he finds out that a horned-horse Zephyr is running through Earth, searching for something, ripping the space-time continuum apart! Following the Zephyr are the fire-spitting Conflagrons, the perfectly evil Draconians, and everyone's worst nightmare -- a slimy Born attorney, armed with a Galactic court order.

Nick's best friend, super-genius Mike Pillsbury, won't help him this time. Mike's sick of aliens and scared of what's happening to his world. But Nick knows that if he can help the Zephyr find what it needs, then it won't be dangerous.

And his only hope -- his only help -- is Mike Pillsbury's gorgeous sister, Jill. Until she got swept up in the Zephyr's time warp, helping her kid brother's best friend was the last thing on her mind! Their horrific and hilarious adventures will thrill readers, as Kathy Mackel returns to the amazing universe she created for Can of Worms and Eggs In One Basket.

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About the Author:

Kathy Mackel is a screenwriter and author of one previous novel. Her films include Can of Worms and Down Will Come Baby. Kathy coaches ASA Junior Olympic softball and writes and directs plays for the Living Word players. She lives north of Boston with her husband and two children.

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Grade 5-7 Three seemingly normal kids, along with a bizarre cast of aliens, lead readers on a fast-paced, humorous, science-fiction romp. Wisecracking, seventh-grader Nicholas Thorpe is being punched in the nose by a bully when suddenly he is transported through a time warp by an unknown force. When his friend Mike Pillsbury turns against him, Nick has only his wits and Mike's sister, Jill, a homecoming queen and honor student, to sort out the aliens. Earth is deemed unready for alien contact and adults must not find out they exist or the planet will be neutralized. Nick has to outsmart the fire-breathing Conflagrons and the Draconians to solve a time-warp mystery and save the Zephyrs, alien animals known for their intelligence and speed, and the planet Earth. Along the way, Nick and readers begin to understand more about friendship, the struggles of homeless people, shelters, and divorce. Familiarity with Can of Worms (1999) and Eggs in One Basket (2000, both Morrow) will help readers understand the myriad assemblage of aliens in this wacky science-fiction mystery, but the story does stand on its own. The cover illustration is juvenile in appearance and will not appeal to the intended audience, though those readers would otherwise enjoy the book. -Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY
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