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Terrance is a bullied high schooler who frequently takes the long way home to avoid trouble. It is a plan that usually works—until the day that the bowling ball falls from the sky. He barely escapes the ensuing devastation that turns a sleepy suburban neighborhood into a disaster zone. In the media frenzy that follows, the incident is dubbed “the bowling ball bombing” and overnight Terrance becomes an unlikely national figure and high school celebrity.


Experts are baffled by the incident while crackpots suggest theories that range from alien tractor beam malfunctions to government conspiracies. Most reasonable people, including Terrance, conclude that the world will never solve this mystery. Then Terrance receives an unusual puzzle box with an inscription that claims that he will learn the secret when he opens the box exactly five months after the bombing at 7:57 pm. He assumes that it is a joke until the prediction comes true...

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Every week I read at least three books, so I am not easily impressed, but I really love this book. Weeks after finishing, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It is one of those stories that stays with youin a good way.

     Sherri, age 69


Really an amazing idea. It got the time travel absolutely correct, like Time Traveling with a Hamster.

     Providence, age 13


It has a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy vibe to it. I dig it!

     Caleb, age 24


This is a terrible book! I cannot put it down!

     Bess, age 84, who went on to finish the entire story in three days then added:

It is not a book that I would normally select... However, it was a good story that held my attention and moved along... Overall, I would recommend it, even to non-sci-fi readers.

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