The Anti-Book

ISBN-10: 0525552421
ISBN-13: 9780525552420
Author: Simon, Raphael
Interest Level: 3-7
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: April 2022

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 320

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Interest Level

Grades 3-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Y
Lexile: 550L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.0
Accelerated Reader Points: 7.0

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BISAC Subjects


JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Depression & Mental Illness

With nods to The Phantom Tollbooth and Coraline , this darkly funny fantasy is a classic-in-the-making--the story of a boy who wants the world to disappear . . . and what happens when it does. Mickey is angry all the time: at his divorced parents, at his sister, and at his two new stepmoms, both named Charlie. And so he can't resist the ad inside his pack of gum: "Do you ever wish everyone would go away? Buy The Anti-Book ! Satisfaction guaranteed." He orders the book, but when it arrives, it's blank--except for one line of instruction: To erase it, write it . He fills the pages with all the things and people he dislikes . . . Next thing he knows, he's wandering an anti-world, one in which everything and everyone familiar is gone. Or are they? His sister soon reappears--but she's only four inches tall. A tiny talking house with wings looks strangely familiar, as does the mysterious half-invisible boy who seems to think that he and Mickey are best buds. The boy persuades Mickey to go find the Bubble Gum King--the king, who resides at
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