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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.
My Thoughts: Abbey Sinclair is no ordinary teenaged girl. This 14 year-old genius has an IQ of 165 (yikes!) and her brain thinks in terms of equations, probabilities, statistics, and scientific truths. But when she and her brothers discover a portal to parallel universes crossing the boundaries of space and time, all that she has learned about the Derivatives of Displacement will be challenged as science and witchcraft collide in this fantastic thriller.
Jennifer Ellis wastes no time diving into the action. When Abbey’s older brother Simon mysteriously disappears in the forest, she and her gregarious twin Caleb stumble upon magical stones which transport them to the future where Simon is a famous computer tech genius. This is just the beginning of a wonderfully complex story that will see the threesome cross into a number of other worlds as well as the ominous “Nowhere”.
As the Sinclair children navigate through these worlds and try to understand how the stones work, they soon learn that there are others who know of the stones. First, there is the mysterious and powerful “Mantis” whose emails to “Flykid” (hacked by Simon) hint at a sinister plan that will place one of the Sinclair children in danger. The Sinclair’s next-door neighbors, Mrs. Forrester and her son Mark (who falls within the spectrum of autism, Asperger Syndrome), also know of the stones and are prepared to intervene to protect the future. The children discover Dr. Ford who is also deeply embroiled in the mystery of the stones but who has his own agenda. Even future Caleb figures into how events unfold. The character development in this story is absolutely stellar with hints dropped strategically by Ellis to keep the reader guessing as to each character’s motivation. Kudos to the author for how Asperger’s was depicted with compassion in the story.
Some books transport me to my inner geeky 12 year old. That 12 year old who wanted more than just fairies, princesses, mysteries, and magic. That 12 year old who wanted to be challenged by a complex plot exploring ideas that are highly conceptual but are nonetheless plausible; where scientific theory collides with the supernatural or metaphysical; and which features richly developed characters who create dissonance as both good and evil co-exist within their psyches. A Pair of Docks is such a book. Look at the title. I mean, really look. Say it out loud a few times. So, so clever – as is this marvelous book!
My Bottom Line: A Pair of Docks by Jennifer Ellis is a thrilling page-turner that features a fusion of science fiction and fantasy genres. The writing is absolutely stellar; the character development is rich; and the plot twists and turns keep the reader guessing until the end, which features a cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this fantastic book to children looking for a more intricate plot, ages 10+.
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More Buzz About the Book
“A wonderfully fun story with great character development (the kids were great!). I enjoyed this book actually more than A Wrinkle In Time (I always felt like Madeleine L’Engle didn’t really like her male characters).” ~ 5 Star Review, JRM “avid reader”, Amazon
“Let me say upfront that I stayed up nearly all night reading this book…yes, it’s that good. I was swept up with the characters and their lives and could not put the book down until I had finished it.” ~ 5 Star Review, Judith M., Goodreads
“I was drawn into the story almost immediately and found myself eagerly awaiting getting back to it every night. The writing is skillfully done and the characters come alive with dialogue that is real and natural. If you liked Harry Potter you will love this.” ~ 5 Star Review, KindledSynapse, Amazon
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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