Monday, May 2, 2011

Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes

P. H. C. Marchesi
Out-of-this-world Books (2011)
ISBN 9780615475448
Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 13) for Reader Views Kids  (4/11)


"Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes" by P. H. C. Marchesi is the story of Shelby and Shauna Kitt, thirteen-year-old twins tasked with saving Earth. When the twins' mother lost her job, Shauna and Shelby were thrown out of school, and their mother was attacked by evil Klodians, aliens bent on killing them; you might say that they had had a bad day.  Then Lendox found them.  Lendox was an alien from a planet called Miriax that orbited Earth in an alternate dimension.  He had been sent to find the twins and recruit them for a dangerous mission into yet another dimension to close some holes that had allowed evil aliens to enter Earth's dimension.  Lendox then took them to a top secret military base to meet other kids that would be coming with them.  But danger lurked at the base.  Can Shelby and Shauna stop the ever present evil before it is too late?
When the twins and their friends Vanessa and Jit arrived on Miriax, they were stunned by the amazing beauty of the planet.  Trees with emerald green leaves and the transparent walkways were some of the many wonders they found.  The lifestyle of the Mirians was also quite interesting to them. Tea with exploding mushrooms was a favorite snack. But not even these utopian features can hide the danger that lurks nearby.  Can Shelby and Shauna protect themselves from the Klodians?
While on Miriax, Shauna and Shelby discovered that they each had different and special powers.  Shauna couldn't get sick, could heal people, and could communicate with animals.  Shelby was extremely prone to motion sickness, could pilot vehicles or games having only just touched the controls, and could manipulate gravity to an extent.  With these new powers the Kitt twins thought that dealing with the Klodians would be easy.  Maybe they can contend with the Klodians, but can they deal with an enemy closer to home?

I would recommend this book to people who like adventure and fantasy.  This fast-paced book has an interesting style that merges science fiction with fantasy.  "Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes" was very entertaining and I didn't want to put it down until I finished it.