Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on his mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape to the cold isolation of a research station on 813, a planet on the far side of the known universe. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run, with only one place to go. The other side of the Rift will bring truths about what really happened to Glenn's mother, and will put them at the center of an age-old struggle between two halves of a divided world.
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by Jeff Talarigo
by Jeff Kinney
by Jeff Guinn
by Jeff Corwin
by Jacqueline Guidry
by Robin Jones Gunn
by Angela Hunt
by Mary Stanton
by Karen Young
by Jodi Thomas
"Glennora enjoys science and invention in the regimented Colloquium society (Earth, circa 2023) but discovers another world just outside her door. Purported to be an apocalyptic wasteland, the Magisterium is the opposite of the Colloquium. There, magic, not science, reigns. Glenn enters the Magisterium and discovers she, too, possesses magical powers that must be controlled. Julia Whelan presents a polished narration with distinct character voices. Her male characters are as authentic as her female voices, and dialogue is consistently clear. Whelan dramatically conveys an action-packed story that will keep listeners engaged; in particular, her smooth reading helps even out an inconsistent plot and an abrupt ending. Whelan deftly maintains the story's intriguing premise in her appealing performance. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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