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Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Crystal Ball is a children’s adventure fantasy novel written by Eddie McPherson. Dereck had been about to go for an afternoon of fun at the fair with his friends when his mom called to say she’d been held up at work. So, instead of fooling around with the guys and going on rides, he was stuck watching his little sister, Jessie, as she rode on the merry-go-round. He tried to ignore the jeers of some boys who were making fun of his babysitting, but it wasn’t easy. Suddenly, he heard the booms and sizzles of fireworks going off overhead. He found that odd as they normally didn’t set them off until dark, but still he found it impossible not to watch as they erupted overhead in a blaze of light and color. He became even more confused when he noticed the fireworks were spelling out messages for him -- one even addressed him by name. When he excitedly tried to show a passerby the messages, they seemed confused at best and walked away. Suddenly, he felt a sharp pain, and looking at the carousel, he realized that Jessie was gone. She had vanished, seemingly into thin air. Where was she? How would he find her, and how could he face his mother?
Eddie McPherson’s adventure fantasy novel for children, Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Crystal Ball, is a grand action and adventure frolic as Dereck finds himself in an entirely different world while he’s searching for his little sister. As with his previous adventure in Oz, Dereck must solve mysteries and answer riddles based upon fairy tales and nursery rhymes if he’s to survive his adventure and rescue Jessie. The reader also has plenty of challenges to master to help Dereck along the way and revisiting those rhymes and fairy tales is a lot of fun for readers of all ages. McPherson’s plot is twisty and fun, and his characters fairly leap from the pages. Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Crystal Ball is highly recommended.