Four months ago in the snowy depths of winter, Alaric and Naia, two teenagers who'd never met, discovered they were living almost identical lives in different versions of Withern Rise, their riverside Victorian mansion. One day, they accidentally stranded themselves in the wrong realities.
Now it's summer, and heavy rains have caused the river to overflow. Withern Rise's grounds are under water when Alaric and Naia find their separate ways into an earlier reality -- a small eternity -- and meet a boy called Aldous. Aldous Underwood.
But who is this Aldous? Is he the old vagrant Naia has met in the present day, or an Aldous destined to die very soon, under mysterious circumstances? And will their meeting change Underwood history?
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Michael Lawrence started his working life as a graphic designer and photographer and subsequently worked as (among other things) a television script reader, an antiques dealer, and a publicist for a traveling circus. He now writes full-time and currently lives near Stamford, England, some forty miles from the house in which he was born—the house he calls Withern Rise in The Underwood See.. From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up–A Crack in the Line (HarperCollins, 2004), the first book in this trilogy, introduced Alaric and Naia Underwood, 16-year-olds who share the same surname, birthday, and residence as well as similar physical characteristics, yet live in separate, distinct, parallel realities. They were unaware of one anothers existence until they passed through a portal and began living the others life. This second title finds the teens still caught in the wrong realities, but they now are repeatedly transported to yet another reality in the mid-1940s, when their family home is inhabited by the Underwoods of two generations past. In this reality, they witness their grandfather and his siblings as children, and Alaric is presented with the opportunity to prevent his great-uncles untimely death. The small eternities are closed segments of time in history that continue on forever, unchanging. Throughout the book, Alaric, Naia, and the mysterious vagrant Aldous make numerous forays into an assortment of small eternities, each time witnessing an alternative reality. In a similar vein of William Sleators The Last Universe (Abrams, 2005), this thought-provoking novel explores the uncertainty of destiny and chance and its impact upon peoples lives. The myriad realities result in a somewhat convoluted story line, and readers may find themselves flipping back through the pages in order to clarify details or events. However, the payoff is well worth the effort in this complex story of metaphysics and fate.–Debbie Lewis ODonnell, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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