Susan Carpenter recently reviewed “Beyonders: A World Without Heroes” for the Los Angeles Times and said it tapped into a long legacy of dimensional escapades on the printed page. “For decades, kids have been inadvertently stumbling into alternate realities through children’s literature. In ‘The Chronicles of Narnia,’ it was a wardrobe that served as the portal. With ‘Beyonders: A World Without Heroes,’ it’s the yawning jaws of a hippo. This intriguing beginning leads to an even more imaginative quest in the kickoff to a new fantasy trilogy from Brandon Mull, bestselling author of the young-adult series “Fablehaven.” Jason Walker is just an average American teenager — studying for tests, practicing baseball and prepping to be a future dentist in the suburban idyll of Vista, Colo.” Read Carpenter’s full review.
— Geoff Boucher
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