The Boy with 17 Senses by Sheila Grau

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The addition of synesthesia feels like another forced element, and those 17 senses add little to the already struggling story. A fractured fairy tale that splinters on impact.
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Every resident of the planet Yipsmix has synesthesia—they don’t just hear sounds; they see and taste them, too. On this unusual planet, poor Jaq Rollop must save his family’s farm. To do so, Jaq is forced to sell his beloved pet and only friend. Trusting and na.ve, Jaq gets swindled into trading his pet for a seemingly worthless key. But then something very strange happens. The key leads Jaq through a wormhole to a terrifying and magical land full of riches, overwhelming sensations, and giants. The name of this frightening land? Earth. This clever middle-grade fantasy will appeal to fans of the Sisters Grimm, A Tale Dark & Grimm, and the Land of Stories series.
 

About Sheila Grau

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Sheila Grau is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions is her first book.Joe Sutphin has been illustrating since he was small. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Amulet Books. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jun 01 2016

The addition of synesthesia feels like another forced element, and those 17 senses add little to the already struggling story. A fractured fairy tale that splinters on impact.

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