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500 Eager Young Readers and Lots of Reviews
Friday, February 22, 2008  2:29:00 PM

by Matthew Peterson

Young Adult/Teen
School visits and tons of book reviews for Paraworld Zero.

I just did my first presentation at a school yesterday: 500 kids in 5th to 8th grades. The PowerPoint presentation was a hit, and so were the hundreds of free audiobooks and bookmarks I brought (I practically got stampeded at the end). All in all, I thought it went pretty well, considering it was my first presentation, I was sick, and my computer refused to print the presentation, which forced me to do it all from memory. I literally finished creating the files seconds before leaving for the school (I just had to add my Yoda impression to the PowerPoint presentation!). I had a lot of fun, and now I know what to expect for my next school presentation (which will happen in a couple of weeks from now). As a side note, Paraworld Zero got a bunch of reviews this month, so I'll share my favorite parts here:

"...tale of magic, mayhem, and maturation... action packed... A reasonable blend of science fiction and fantasy, Simon's adventures should appeal to middle schoolers..."- VOYA

"Peterson writes an excellent cliffhanger that made me excited about the next episode." -

"For a first time novelist Peterson shows a good grasp of what makes a book exciting, injecting his novel with a cracking pace, endearing characters - and the story's breakneck climax is well worth the wait." - Sci-fi Online

"Amazing! Harry Potter step back, Simon Kent is a magic welder with a secret history.... fun adventures, cool characters, and laughable moments... Definitely a good read..." -

"This sci-fi/fantasy adventure pulls the reader in from the first sentence and keeps the pages turning. Filled with humor, cool new gadgets and spells, and an extremely original premise, this is one book you do not want to miss out on... Two thumbs up."-

"Paraworld Zero is a sharply written, highly entertaining young adult novel. It is accessible, fast paced, with enjoyable, realistic characters."-

"Saving the planet seems to be impossible. Only a concerted effort of all and Simon's Magic has any chance of success."- ConNotations, by Gary Swaty (page 19)

"Paraworld Zero held me in my seat from the first page. An exciting fast-paced adventure, chock full of magic and humor... Matthew Peterson delivered a formidable tale and followed through with amazing results. I for one am looking forward to the second book in this series. It cannot come out fast enough to satisfy my curiosity! While this book contains elements of Harry Potter and Star Wars it is still uniquely in a league of its own. Matthew Peterson has a delightful imagination and a wonderful sense of humor."-

"I highly recommend this novel to fantasy fans of every age."-

"Readers will delight in this first book in Matthew Peterson's Parallel Worlds series... I look forward to the next in the adventures of Simon, Tonya, and their growing gang of friends. I am sure many young readers - and older ones as well - will, too."-
Paraworld Zero

 More News about Matthew Peterson
Paraworld Zero Gets Its Fifth Award (Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards) - 10/24/2008 10:49:00 AM

Moonbeam Childrens Book Awards Semi-Finalist - 10/10/2008 12:17:00 PM

Paraworld Zero on the Sony Reader (eBook) - 10/8/2008 9:22:00 AM

World Fantasy Convention Interview - 9/22/2008 7:43:00 AM

The Paraworld Zero Audiobook with 100 Character Voices - 9/10/2008 12:57:00 PM

Honorable Mention at the Hollywood Book Festival! - 7/15/2008 1:55:00 PM

Dropped my publisher, Sony Reader, Audiobook, NY - 7/10/2008 3:25:00 PM

Paraworld Zero gets another Honorable Mention, Sony eBook Reader, Audiobook - 6/23/2008 8:18:00 AM

School and Library Presentations - 6/16/2008 7:27:00 AM

Paraworld Zero is a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards! - 6/14/2008 12:56:00 PM

Letting Go published by Haruah - 6/13/2008 10:27:00 AM

BookExpo America Attracts Bestselling Author, Matthew Peterson - 5/7/2008 8:57:00 AM

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - 4/21/2008 10:48:00 AM

An Author's Opinion of the Harry Potter Lexicon - 4/16/2008 11:22:00 AM

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me - 4/7/2008 8:34:00 PM

Book Signings, Tours and TV/Radio Interviews - 1/28/2008 10:53:00 AM

NBC talks about Paraworld Zero - 1/19/2008 12:04:00 PM

The Magic of Harry Potter with the Action of Star Wars - 1/16/2008 9:57:00 AM

New Book Trailer for Paraworld Zero! - 1/14/2008 11:01:00 PM

My niece won the $2,500 Spiderwick Chronicles contest! - 1/12/2008 10:04:00 AM

Yearning to Jump has been published by TeenAge - 1/10/2008 3:46:00 PM

Haruah wants to publish Letting Go - 1/5/2008 6:37:00 PM

Teens will be Reading The Golden Compass and Paraworld Zero this Holiday - 12/7/2007 3:13:00 AM

$100,000 Marketing Budget for Paraworld Zero - 11/16/2007 12:52:00 PM

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