Escaping Ordinary (TaleSpinners #2)

by Scott Reintgen (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Talespinners

It's been a year since Indira rescued the city of Fable and landed a starring role in a story of her own. Now Indira's ready for a well-earned vacation. Too bad her advisors have other plans.

In preparation for her story's sequel, Indira has been enrolled in the Hero's Journey tutorial, a quest designed to teach her how to be a team player. Indira's assigned crew is a mix of familiar faces and new friends, each hoping to follow in her footsteps into a story. Indira is ready for this new challenge--until someone crashes their quest. The intruder is more powerful than anyone she's faced before and begins transforming Ordinary into a giant video game. Indira's team will have to level up and outplay their opponent, or else the world's most beloved stories might be lost forever.

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Kirkus Reviews

A delightful read. 

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7--Indira's Author has finished her story, and now she is being sent on a Hero's Journey tutorial by Protagonist Prep. She must learn how to be part of a team, and to not use her hammer for everything. As soon as her team lands in the town of Ordinary, things go awry as they discover an Author has slipped into their world and is destroying everything in his path. Famous literary characters once again make appearances (what's a Hero's Journey without a pompous King Arthur, or a training camp led by Aragorn?), as well as even more world-building that will satisfy readers' curiosity of how stories are created (like factories that produce plot twists and poetic justice). Alongside these new parts of Imagination, our characters are dealt a heavier dose of the Real World through the antagonist Author (who writes fanfiction, which is a nice nod to nontraditional authors), fascinated with video games. Reintgen writes powerful characters complete with flaws that make them compelling, and crafts exciting action sequences that jump off the page. As Wendy from Peter Pan says to Indira, "It sounds like an awfully big adventure. Do not forget to have some fun." And fun is what awaits you in this tale, Dear Reader. VERDICT A worthy follow-up to a standout series opener. A strong meta-fantasy purchase; buy the first installment if your library doesn't already own it.--Kerri Williams, Center Moriches Free P.L., NY

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Scott Reintgen
Scott Reintgen is a former public school teacher and still spends summers teaching middle schoolers dark fiction and fantasy at Duke Young Writers' Camp. The birth of his children has convinced him that magic is actually real. He lives in North Carolina, surviving mostly on cookie dough and the love of his wife, Katie. Scott is the author of the Nyxia Triad and Ashlords series and A Door in the Dark for young adults, as well as the Talespinners series and The Problem with Prophecies for middle graders. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @Scott_Thought.
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Publication date
February 20, 2021

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