Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World


What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World
by Henry Clark
Little, Brown, 2013.  355 pgs. Science Fiction

     When River, Freak, and Fiona find an unattended sofa at their bus stop, they flip over the blood-stained cushion, sit on the couch, lie on the couch, and finally reach down in the back and sides to see what they can find.  They come up with a two-headed coin, a fishhook (ouch!), a domino (double sixes), and a rare, zucchini-colored crayon from the classic Victory Garden collection of vegetable colored crayolas. The zucchini crayon turns out to be very valuable so when they try to return it to its presumed owner, they are drawn in to a war between two worlds and they become the only hope of saving ours. Aided by a sentient couch who can tesser and who takes nourishment from dust bunnies, a domino serving as an avatar for a beheaded woman, and a cat named Mucus, the three friends cross their terribly dangerous former neighborhood of Hellsboro to discover--and hopefully stop--the fiendish deeds being carried out in the old Rodmore Chemical Factory.  Filled with hilarious wordplay, the enduring courage of the young, and a plot that will keep you hopping and guessing, What We Found in the Sofa . . . is a very funny, but also thought-provoking bit of maniac sci-fi, perfect for tweens, teens, and grownups. River, Freak, and Fiona are the best of companions for each other and for the reader.  Some fun!

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