“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


by Elizabeth Norris
April 23, 2013   Balzer + Bray  Ages 14 - 18
In this heart-pounding sequel to Unraveling, author Elizabeth Norris explores the sacrifices we make to save the people we love and the worlds we'll travel to find them.
Story:  Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she'll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but civilization is slowly rebuilding, and life is starting to resume some kind of normalcy—until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up, asking for Janelle's help. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human-trafficking ring—kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths. And Ben, with his unique abilities, is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn't turn himself over within five days. When Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger.

Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they're lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she's in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?
Story behind the story:  Author Elizabeth Norris gives us this bit of behind-the-scenes scoop:  "When I was teaching, I had a lot of students who said things like, “I hate reading” or “I haven’t read anything since Goosebumps in third grade.” (I taught high school English classes, so presumably anyone who had managed to get into Honors American Literature should have read something since Goosebumps.)

As a result I always prided myself on finding just the right book that changed their minds. Which means I know first hand how important it is for librarians and teachers to have books—and how much money it can cost (sometimes out of your own pocket) in order to maintain that.  So I’m giving away 100 FREE copies of Unraveling to teachers, librarians, or coordinators or programs that promote literacy. Enclosed with the book will be a hard copy of the discussion guide, and I’ll be happy to personalize the book for anyone who wants it personalized. (Signed books and anything by Jodi Picoult were the most commonly stolen books from my classroom library, so I won’t take offense if you don’t want my signature.)"  Since The Picnic Basket blog is all about sharing books with teachers and librarians, we just had to feature this title as the author feels similarly!

“Abundant plot twists and betrayals to keep readers on the edge of their seats.” (ALA Booklist )

“This high-stakes thriller-complete with mind-bending sci-fi twist-will hook you and never let go.” (Pittacus Lore, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Am Number Four - on UNRAVELING )

“Leav[es] the reader wanting more and begging for a sequel to this multilayered debut.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) - on UNRAVELING )

“Readers will enjoy the nonstop action and romance.” (School Library Journal - on UNRAVELING)

“If Veronica Mars snatched a case from Mulder and Scully, you’d get this fast-paced page-turner. With a heroine full of moxie, wicked surprises around every corner, and non-stop action, UNRAVELING is an irresistible thriller.” (Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade trilogy - on UNRAVELING)

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Catherine Yezak said...

This is a wonderful book. I love the characters. My students are currently fighting over it. They are having me read it aloud as they try to figure out who the killer is. I give this a 5 out of 5.

Laura Miller said...

I was just sent "Unraveling" written by Elizabeth Norris by The Picnic Basket review site. "Unraveling" is the most enticing young adult fiction I have read since Suzanne Collins's first book, "The Hunger Games".
The novel is a page-turner with well developed characters, science fiction appeal and an end of the world plot driven storyline.
Although it is marketed to the young adult audiences, like the "Hunger Games", I feel it could have a multi-generational draw for readers.
I have high hopes that this book goes far and is shared and enjoyed by many. I give it a full five out of five and feel "Unraveling" is the new phenomenon on the YA book market that will be widely discussed and savored! Looking forward to reading "Unbreakable!"

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love this book. Read it in two days and think students will enjoy this page-turner.

Well written with full characters!

Jacquie Leighton said...

A quick read, not a story with an intricate story line or with complex characters and relationships. But the idea behind Janelle's struggles is an interesting one. I wanted to follow her through to the resolution and I found her to be a strong female character. She does not shy away from danger or her own demise and the ending develops her character even more, enough for me to read the sequel. Characters say and do things I don't always find believable. The idea of a seventeen-year-old knowing and doing what Janelle in the world of Inverse Worlds and the FBI are a bit of a stretch; her motivations do not always hold water but somehow I still read on. She has the makings of a character you want to root for and believe in. This read just crosses the bar for recommended reads.

MB said...

I'm not sure if we are to review UNRAVELING (since that's the one that was sent) or UNBREAKABLE (since that's the one the entry is about.) I read both which tells me UNRAVELING was so compelling that I just HAD to know what happened next. I loved the pacing and the action in both novels. I think YA readers will eat them up. I overlooked some events that I didn't feel were realistic since, Hey- this IS Science Fiction! I had 3 favorite characters- by book #2 1 was already dead and 1 didn't surface until very late in the story (page 266 or so.) I suppose that now I really like yet another character that person won't live through the next installment! Often times sequels jump right in to the story and if you hadn't read the previous novel recently you are lost. This was not the case with UNBREAKABLE. In fact, there was too much back story and repetition. I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not want to hear about their magical 1st date again- eating Mexican food from Roberto's while overlooking Sunset Cliffs- Got it! I do believe YA readers will thoroughly enjoy these two novels. I already know of a few students that I will recommend them to.

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MB said...

P.S. I know this may sound petty, but some of the Disneyland details were wrong. It's Sleeping Beauty's castle, not Cinderella's and the Tower of Terror ride is in the California Adventure park not Disneyland. Hopefully all of the San Diego references were correct. I know it doen't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but it bothered me a lot as I read the books.

Anonymous said...

How sad that 100 copies were given away, yet only a handful of people posted a review.