FICTION

Me vs. the Multiverse: Pleased to Meet Me

Random. (Me vs. the Multiverse). Aug. 2020. 272p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781984895769.
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Gr 3-7–Meade Macon is a pretty average kid with a knack for intricate origami. When he finds a number of invitations to MeCon combined with the origami folds he invented, he’s confused but intrigued. When he arrives at MeCon, he’s met with 98 versions of himself from 98 unique parallel universes. MeCon was advertised as a way for the different Mes to get to know each other, but there’s clearly something more sinister at stake. With the help of some fellow Mes, will Meade (aka Average Me) be able to thwart Meticulous Me and his evil plot? Is Meade actually so average after all? This fun, quick read will appeal to kids who like humor and adventure without the scary. There are loads of Mes to keep track of, but with names like Hollywood Me, Resist Me, Disco Me, and Motor Me, it’s not too hard to follow. The engaging plot moves quickly enough to keep readers interested. The story includes many cheesy, intentionally obvious pop culture references, and some may be lost on younger readers. Most kids will, however, enjoy the abundant toilet humor and general quirkiness of the story.
VERDICT This is a good book for bridging the gap between early chapter books and more advanced middle grade fiction. A secondary purchase for larger libraries or those with robust middle grade readers.

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