"Patrick seems to be in luck when he's invited to be on a television game show, `Finders Keepers.' The only problem is that...there's no such game show. But when the boy tunes in on Saturday morning, he's pulled through the television into a parallel universe....Patrick makes friends, rescues lost souls, and learns a little about the space-time continuum in this lively adventure....Anyone who has ever wondered where odd socks go....will enjoy this time travel story."--School Library Journal.
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Emily Rodda has written many books for children, including Finders Keepers, which School Library journal dubbed "a lively adventure," and several novels about the likable hero Rowan. The first of these novels, Rowan of Rin, won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award when it was first published. In fact, Emily Rodda has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award an unprecedented five times. A former editor, Ms. Rodda is also the best-selling author of adult mysteries under the name Jennifer Rowe. She lives in Australia.From Kirkus Reviews:
An original fantasy from Australia takes middle child Patrick across the ``Barrier'' between alternate worlds to play in a strange quiz show: he's given riddles about three items lost in his own world and told to bring them back for game-show prizes. The items won't look the same in his world: they'll seem less valuable. The quiz-show host is a robot (``What human being could smile like that for hours at a time?''), and the items lost mean much more to the contestants than anyone is at first aware. As his search goes on, a power breakdown almost makes it impossible for Patrick to complete the tasks, but he does restore the items, plus a game-show staff member's sister; he also makes friends, realizes the importance of his family, and ends up with his heart's desire: his own computer. Patrick's family, arguing but caring about each other, and the boy's abandoned daydream about having a quiet house to keep his computer in ring true. Though the fantasy is limited to the barrier and the passage of things between the worlds, it's clever; it even includes an explanation for single socks and other misplaced things. An amusing product of an age of game shows and wishful thinking. (Fiction. 9-12) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110688105165
Book Description Greenwillow Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0688105165 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1980701
Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Noela Young (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0688105165