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Vol 1, Issue #3
"Stand By For Mars!"
March 2006

Children's Fiction Book Reviews
by Kathy Thomason

The Power of Un
by Nancy Etchemendy
Front Street

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If someone gave you the power to go back in time and change an event, would you?

Gib Finney is an ordinary guy, shooting spitballs and getting into trouble at school and tolerating his 6 year old sister, Roxy. He and his best friend are looking forward to having fun at a carnival that has come to their town, right up until his parents tell him that he has to take Roxy. He decides to take a walk in the woods to cool down and runs into an old man who gives him a machine he calls an ?unner? and tells him that in the most dire of circumstances he can use the machine to undo any and all mistakes. Gib is thrilled, thinking that this is better than winning the lottery; he will never fail a test again.

But after a terrible accident, he quickly learns that some things are worthy of being undone and that some things are just meant to be. As events seem to move too quickly for him to sort out, he begins to understand the awesome responsibility possession of this machine carries.

This book gives us a fascinating look at what can happen when you get what wish for and how badly things can go wrong. The Power of Un won the Bram Stoker Award in 2000 and was named an honor book by the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation.

Nancy Etchemendy is the author of several Science-fiction for children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her son and husband.

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