Reality Leak

Joni Sensel; illustrations by Christian Slade

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Come follow this trail of riddles lined with popcorn and drawn in invisible ink!
Pants that walk by themselves . . . Secret messages that pop up in the toaster . . . A mysterious factory that plants already-popped corn and makes invisible ink . . . or is it inc?
What is going on in South Wiggot? It all started when Mr. Keen arrived in the dusty little farm town--in a wooden crate. Strange things have been happening ever since, and Bryan Zilcher is determined to find out why, before things can go from strange to sinister.
This compelling adventure is like nothing else you've ever read. Part Saturday morning cartoon, part secret agent mystery--and all zany fun!


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Reality Leak
1SPECIAL DELIVERYPeople did not usually travel down Route 64 stuffed inside wooden crates. Yet here was a crate, a big one, squatting atop the road's dotted line, and somebody odd was about to climb out.From his LemonMoo stand by the highway, eleven-year-old Bryan Zilcher gaped. Just a minute before, he'd been gazing sadly as a big white semi sped past. He'd been hoping the brake lights might blink. The driver could still turn back to buy a cool drink. He didn't. As the truck bounced over a pothole, the trailer's left rear door had flung itself wide.A large wooden crate slid from


Praise for Reality Leak

"This utterly silly but entertaining story clearly has a lot of madcap influences, including old Saturday morning cartoons, Roald Dahl, and the Addams Family. Readers who enjoy oddball characters and off-the-wall mysteries should find this amusing."
-- Booklist

"Fun and funny to boot. Few of the titles out there have as clear a sense of lighthearted glee as Joni Sensel's Reality Leak. Never disappointing and always surprising. I was truly delighted."
-- Elizabeth Bird (Fuse #8), New York Public Library.

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  • Joni Sensel; illustrations by Christian Slade

  • Joni Sensel is the author of two picture books and various things for adults. She lives in Washington State.
    Christian Slade worked on several animated films for Disney. This is his first book for children. He lives in Orlando, Florida.
  • Joni Sensel
    Joni Sensel
  • Christian Slade


Available Formats and Book Details

Reality Leak

Joni Sensel; illustrations by Christian Slade

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