Fair Coin by E. C. Myers

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Epraim is horrified when he comes home from school one day to find his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. Even more disturbing than her suicide attempt is the reason for it: the dead boy she identified at the hospital that afternoon--a boy who looks exactly like him. While examining his dead double's belongings, Ephraim discovers a strange coin that makes his wishes come true each time he flips it. Before long, he's wished his alcoholic mother into a model parent, and the girl he's liked since second grade suddenly notices him.

But Ephraim soon realizes that the coin comes with consequences --several wishes go disastrously wrong, his best friend Nathan becomes obsessed with the coin, and the world begins to change in unexpected ways. As Ephraim learns the coin's secrets and how to control its power, he must find a way to keep it from Nathan and return to the world he remembers. (For ages 12 & up)

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About E. C. Myers

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E.C. Myers was assembled from Korean and German parts in Yonkers, New York, where he was raised jointly by a mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn't writing, he blogs about Star Trek at theviewscreen.com, plays video games, watches classic films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends too much time on the internet. To find out more about E.C. Myers and his activities, short story publications, and novels, visit ecmyers.net, or find him on Twitter @ecmeyers.
Published March 6, 2012 by Pyr. 287 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Horrified to learn at last that the coin is actually a mentally controlled part of a device for traveling among alternate realities, that each “quantum shift” he makes forcibly switches him with an analog of himself and that the rest of the device is in the hands of a casually violent version of ...

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There is a fair amount of violence -- a couple of fistfights, a couple of violent scenes that end in death, and three mysterious murders -- in Fair Coin, although much of the mayhem is referred to, rather than depicted directly.

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Fiction Writers Review

But his doppelganger also possesses a coin, a quarter, and when he returns to school, Ephraim finds a mysterious note in his locker: Make a wish and flip the coin to make it come true.

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A Patchwork of Books

The author did write the book after all, and hopefully well, and most writing is a collaborative process between authors and publishers, as well as with other writers, editors, and agents.

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Figuring he has nothing to lose, Ephraim first wishes for his mother to get better and ends up, somehow, in a parallel universe where his mother never identified a body that looked exactly like his — in this universe, Ephraim’s mother, while still an alcoholic, isn’t in the hospital at all.

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