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Review: ‘Hole in the Wall’ a likable but confusing read

January 3, 2011

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“The Hole in the Wall” by Lisa Rowe Fraustino is a unique sci-fi book.

The story begins when 11-year-old Sebby finds that his chickens are laying hard eggs, which turn out to be petrified. Several very abnormal things begin happening, such as when he gets an unusually painful stomach ache from eating raw cookie dough, and then a chicken is magnetically stuck to his stomach.

All the strange things lead Sebby and his twin sister, Barbie, to be suspicious of Stanley Odum, an astrophysicist who is buying large amounts of land. When Sebby and Barbie uncover more information about the petrification, the results are startling.

This book was very good, although it was not one of those books I just couldn’t put down. It is also a little hard to follow and unclear in some parts, so I wouldn’t recommend it for people younger than age 11 or 12. Overall, it was a good book, and I give it three and a half out of five stars.

— Naomi Grant is an eighth-grader at Southwest Junior High School.

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