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Joni Sensel

Joni is the author of Reality Leak, a middle-grade fantasy novel (Henry Holt/Holtzbrinck Group, Spring 2007) - ISBN: 0-8050-8125-9


Joni Sensel grew up near Tacoma, WA, where she memorized Dr. Seuss stories and then began creating her own. She now lives and writes in Greenwater, WA, a mountain hamlet so far out of touch that most of her work involves supernatural or fantasy elements. Her first middle-grade novel, Reality Leak, is forthcoming from Holt in Spring 2007. She is also the author of two picture books (including a 2001 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Honor Book), a mound of award-winning screenplays, and boring stuff for adults.

Book: Reality Leak
reality_leak.jpgSomething’s not right at the new factory in 11-year-old Bryan Zilcher’s dusty farm town. For one thing, the boss seems to travel in a big wooden crate. Mr. Keen also keeps the town guessing about his strange business, and never mind the explosions or the creepy space suits that employees all wear.

Suspicious and dreaming of fame, Bryan applies for a job and the chance to play spy. He aces the interview when he can guess the square root of the letter H. That’s only the start of the riddles, however. In the course of an odd planting job that seems useless, Bryan stumbles on a trail of mystery lined with popcorn and drawn in invisible ink.

When he starts to get mail through the toaster, he enlists the help of a girl who thinks she’s a dog, and even the nutty postmistress who’s been dating his father. Both friends make Bryan uneasy. But when his dad goes missing — expect for his pants, which still wander around home by themselves — snooping isn’t enough, and the boy needs all the help he can get. Together Bryan and his pals must find and fix a crack in reality that has started to leak. If they can’t, the whole town might fall in.

Book Info:

  • ISBN (Hardcover): 0-8050-8125-9
  • ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-0-8050-8125-1
  • Release date: April 3, 2007
  • Pages: 218


“Fun and funny to boot. Few of the titles out there have as clear a sense of lighthearted glee as Joni Sensel’s Reality Leak. Never disappointing and always surprising. I was truly delighted.”
— Betsy Bird, children’s librarian, Donnell Library Center, New York Public Library and Fuse #8 blogger

“This utterly silly but entertaining story clearly has a lot of madcap influences, including old Saturday-morning cartoons, Roald Dahl, and the Addams Family. Readers who enjoy oddball characters and off-the-wall mysteries should find this amusing.” - Booklist
This book was zany, crazy fun… a blast to read. Perfect for middle-grade readers who enjoy a good dose of oddball humor.” — Children’s lit blogger Miss Erin. Full review
“Perfect for the younger reader.” —-Newton’s Book Notes
“Unique characters, unique plot. Full of one imaginative adventure after another… an enjoyable read.” —-Deliciously Clean Reads & Becky’s Book Reviews
“Part mystery, part fantasy and packed with humor, this extremely creative novel will hold readers in lighthearted suspense through all 218 pages.” —-Kendal Rautzhan, syndicated reviewer

Buy it Here:

Reality Leak