The Journal of Curious Letters

The Journal of Curious Letters

(Book #1 of The 13th Reality)
Illustrated by: Bryan Beus
For Ages: 8 - 12
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What if every choice you made created an alternate reality? In The Journal of Curious Letters, Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day he receives a strange letter informing him that dangerous— perhaps even deadly—events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. Tick will be sent twelve riddles that, when solved, will reveal the time and place of an extraordinary happening. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues and discover the life he was meant to live? Tick’s journey continues in The Hunt for Dark Infinity! Mistress Jane and the Chi karda are back. Tick and Mistress Jane race to find the deadly Dark Infinity weapon. But who will destroy it—and who will become its master?
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 528 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416991526 | 
  • December 2009 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 910
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About the Author

James Dashner
Copyright to Sarah Kiesche

James Dashner

James Dashner was born and raised in a small town in Georgia. His love of books and writing made him dream of being an author someday, and he still can’t believe his dream has come true. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, the Infinity Ring series, and the 13th Reality series. Visit him online at


Author Revealed

James Dashner
Q. how did you come to write The Journal of Curious Letters?

A. I've always been fascinated by quantum physics and the possibility of alternate realities. And it's so cool that there are actual bonafide scientists who think they may exist! Wanting to put my own twist to the idea, I brainstormed and came up with a group of people who study these realities. And how they recruit new members with a series of tests and riddles. And how in their latest discovery, the 13th reality, very bad things are happening. I think the most important premise of the story (and my favorite) is that we have the power and potential to literally change reality if we have enough conviction.

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