Magic and science collide in this retelling of the classic fable about misguided wishes never having exactly the outcome you intend. Myers’ tale has a massive twist thanks to the wacky addition of string theory, multi-verses and all kinds of cool physics theories. A complex plotline explores experimental theories in this fast-paced and fun story.
Ephraim and Nathan are best friends. Ephraim is madly in love with the hot but geeky Jena, and Nathan would be happy to date either of Jena’s best friends, twins Mary and Shelley. But even Nathan doesn’t know that Ephraim’s mom is an alcoholic, who attempted suicide while Ephraim was at school, because she believed he was dead. Now Ephraim is left with a mystery. Who is his doppelganger? And what’s with this strange-looking quarter in his stuff? When an odd note in his locker tells Ephraim to flip the coin and make a wish, he does — and everything changes. Suddenly he has the perfect mother. He can’t figure out how shrimpy Nathan beat up the school bully when five minutes before he was getting stuffed into a locker, and there is still the problem of getting Jena to notice him — and solving the mystery of this bizarre coin! (PYR, Apr., 290 pp., $16.95, HC, ISBN: 9781616146092, 14 & Up)