About the Book
Title: A Pair of Docks (Derivatives of Displacement, Book #1) | Author: Jennifer Ellis | Publication Date: Dec. 8, 2013 | Publisher: Moonbird Press | Number of pages: 308 | Recommended age: 10+
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Abbey Sinclair likes to spend her afternoons in the physics lab learning about momentum and gravitational pull. But her practical scientific mind is put to the test when her older brother, Simon, discovers a mysterious path of stones that allows them, along with Abbey’s twin, Caleb, to travel back and forth between their world and what appears to be…the future. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones who know about the stones, and they soon realize their lives are in danger from a man known only as Mantis. Abbey, Caleb, and Simon must follow a twisting trail of clues that will lead them from their autistic neighbor, Mark, to a strange professor who claims to know the rules of the stones, and to multiple futures—some of whose inhabitants don’t want to stay put. It will take all of Abbey’s analytical skills to unravel the secrets of the stones, uncover the threads that tie the futures together, thwart Mantis’s plan, and, most importantly, keep her family alive—now and in the future. A Pair of Docks explores Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the meaning of time, the potential for parallel universes, and the boundary between science and witchcraft. It is the first novel in the Derivatives of Displacement series.
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Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “A Pair of Docks”
A Pair of Docks received 19 new reviews on Amazon, 15 new reviews on Goodreads, and 11 bloggers posted reviews on their websites through this Book Review Blitz.
Tequila R. (Amazon): “This is an extremely well written and creative story that will keep readers on their toes. All of the characters are extremely fleshed out and well developed as well as the story line. I love the world that Jennifer Ellis has created and can not wait to read more about the new adventures that are awaiting Simon, Abby, and Caleb with the stones.”
Lynn C. (Amazon): “This is a thinker’s book, inspired by Einstein and physics yet happily dabbling in magic, relationships and romance.”
Connie (Goodreads): “It brought me back to my days as a child reading Madeleine L’Engle’s series beginning with ‘A Wrinkle in Time’. That I compare Jennifer Ellis with this well-known recipient of the John Newbery Medal is no coincidence. I believe that “A Pair of Docks” is equally worthy of such an honor.
Amy B. (Amazon): “I found this to be a great “outside” the box book so different and wonderfully appealing to a young child.”
Peggy S. (Amazon): “This book will keep you turning the pages. Jennifer Ellis didn’t hesitate to take a story plot and make it into a mystery that is action packed. Great book for all ages, even though it’s suppose to be children’s book.”
The Book Lovers’ Lounge: “A Pair of Docks is a perfect read for kids (young adults and even adults) who love science. There are a lot of references to scientific terms here that I have already forgotten after getting my college diploma. Of course, aside from the aura of geekiness that this book emits, it also doesn’t fall short on the action and adventure part.”
Heart of a Philanthropist: “If you are looking for a book to expand your imagination, A Pair of Docks will be a good fit for you. Also, it will help expand your vocabulary. There was even a word or two I had to look up.”
Jane Ritz: “This book is absolutely wonderful. It reminds me of A Wrinkle in Time but for an older reader. Children seventh grade and up will love this book!”
Meriem (Amazon): “I recommend this book for science lovers. This book just wasn’t for me.”
The Ninja Librarian: “Perfect for lovers of time travel and those not bothered by fuzzy lines between reality and fantasy!”
Loreen W. (Amazon): “This book is a real page turner! It is reminiscent of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with it’s travels to a new world through “living stones.” Quite an enjoyable read for those who love time travel and fantasy.”
Naznin Azeez: “A Pair of Docks is a compelling read and one of the best books I have read of late.”
Kay LaLone: “I loved this book. This book is full of mystery, adventure, and danger.”
BeachBoundBooks: “A Pair of Docks is cleverly written and original. With the element of surprise on her side, the author spins a bewitching tale that hypnotizes readers and leaves them eager for more.”
100 Pages a Day: “Immediately thrown into the adventure, A Pair of Docks offers a different kind of time-travel story. Compelling characters, danger and mystery drive the story forward. Even as an adult, I found plenty to enjoy throughout the story.”
Mami Tales: “A Pair of Docks is well written, full of adventure and very enjoyable for all sci-fi/fantasy lovers.”
Alicia M. (Goodreads): “A Pair of Docks is full of mystery and suspense, but not set in a light that would frighten the smaller crowds, as well as action and adventure. A Pair of Docks is sure to keep you enthralled until the last word. Defiantly a must read for those from 10 to 100 this year!”
Beauty Brite: “It isn’t very often that I am hooked from the first chapter. This, I am happy to say, is absolutely one of those times. I hated every time I had to put the book down to attend to reality. If left to my own devices I could easily have devoured this book in one binge sitting. Well, I am off to download Book #2 to continue the journey with Abbey and her brothers. I can’t wait to see what they get into next!!!”
Dividing by Zero: “As an adult, I very much enjoyed this story – Jennifer Ellis doesn’t “write down” just because this is considered a middle grade story; the writing is high quality and intricate enough to keep a reader interested, from pre-teens who enjoy trickier plots all the way up to adults like me… If you read and loved Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time – or have a child of your own who’s a fan – then this is a must-read!”
About the Author: Jennifer Ellis
Jennifer Ellis lives in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada with her husband, two sons and geriatric cat. She can generally be found writing, running, spending too much time on skis, and working as an environmental researcher. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic fiction for kids and adults. You can subscribe to her blog for the latest book news and industry insights at www.jenniferellis.ca.
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