Level Three's Dream (School of Ages, #2)
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Level Three's Dream (School of Ages #2)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  11 reviews
America's greatest magic school is back -- and fourteen-year-old Simon Magus, Goldberry, Mermelstein, and the rest of the team have to face the frustrating creatures in Lewis Carroll's Alice world to help the dangerous young magician Level Three to control his deadly power! Level Three is autistic -- but he's a magician, too, and there is no way to block his ability to tra...more
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published September 12th 2011 by Rugby Press
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Aug 09, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of magical reality, YA fantasy
Shelves: ebook
First read April 2012, rereading starting 8/8/13

Series Information: School of the Ages series
Book 1: The Ghost in the Crystal, review linked here
Book 2: Level Three's Dream, review linked here
Book 2.5: Sara Ghost, review linked here
Anthology: Tales of Christmas Magic, review linked here
Book 3: The War Against Love, review linked here
Book 4: Simon Myth, to be read
Please note that reviews linked are my original reviews done after my first reading and subject to minor change after re-reading. For l...more
Goldie Katsu
This is another one of those books that had me staying up until some ridiculous hour (I think it was 5am) because I wasn't willing to put it down till the end. (Luckily I was on vacation.)

This is the second book in the series about Simon Magus, his friends and the School of Ages. The research behind this one is as solid as the first one and the references (at least the ones I am familiar with) were all spot on. Also, as you will see from the very start there is a strong tie in to Alice in Wonde...more
T.M. Smith
Wow Matt, your world inside Level Three's head... fabulous! Having an Autistic child myself (Asperger's as well) i loved the way you wrote Level Three. I liked the way you stayed with the realism with the characters; these teenagers are special, magical, have special gifts and abilities and yet, they are still your typical teenagers. First love, first crush, rivals, enemies, friendship, trust, honesty, bullies etc.. etc.. I can't wait for book 3! That sneak peak at the end, oh how my mind wander...more
Matt Posner
Sep 14, 2011 Matt Posner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, so I like it. You will too.
A school of magic, kids with supernatural abilities, and... Lewis Carroll? I admit that when I read the blurb I didn’t think I would like this story. After all, many books out there deal with schools of magic and children with magical abilities.

But I was wrong.

The blurb frankly does not do this wonderful novel justice. My initial reservations evaporated after the first page. Written in the first person from the point of view of Simon Magus, a teenage boy, in a clear, strong voice, the story draw...more
Cynthia Echterling
Simon, the fourteen year old narrator, and his friends at the School of the Ages start a new year and are asked to help a new student known as Level Three. Level Three is both autistic and a very powerful magician, but there is more to his background that makes him seriously dangerous. The friends don't find the answer until they travel through the Wonderland world inside Level Three's head. I recommend this book for both the 12+ young adult and adult audiences

The writing style of the story seem...more
Jess Scott
I think the concept of linking up Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland world to the (very dangerous) imagination of Level Three (the autistic character) is superb!

As a reader, I love crisp and clean dialogue (it's one of the fundamentals of a good story for me). This was something that featured throughout Level Three's Dream (all of the dialogue reflected the personalities of each character, so that none of them were cliched or "tired one-dimensional flat cardboard characters").

I found the multic...more
I loved the first book of this series, and even though I had made commitments to other authors to review their books, I went straight from the first book to this second one. I didn't love it as much, but it is good.

It's longer than the previous one, and longer is not necessarily better. In fact, it reached the point where I felt less would have been more. Every part of it is well done, but some parts go on longer than I felt they needed to. The quotations from Lewis Carroll at the beginnings of...more
S.L. Wallace
Simon's second year at School of the Ages doesn't begin so well. He's still dealing with the aftermath (sorry, no spoilers) of what happened during his first year, their first field trip ends badly (and that's putting it mildly) and to top it all off, he and his study partner, Goldberry, have been assigned to help an autistic student control his magic. To make matters worse, Simon feels like his mother is watching his every move.

Matt Posner has a talent for writing kids well. His characters are...more
Ella Hansing
this was a great read! I really enjoyed the writing style - nice and neat, easy to follow - I liked all the different young characters - there is someone for everyone to relate to (and I like that one of the primaries is autistic! - a needed addition in today's literature) Also who doesn't like Alice in Wonderland?

I might have preferred if the illustrations matched the cover more, but other than that, this piece is imaginative, well constructed.
This is a brillant follow up to Posners first book. Can't wait for book 3 to see what adventures lay ahead for Simon and the gang!!!

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I am a writer and teacher from New York City. I have ties to North Carolina and Florida also. I teach special education English in the NYC public schools and also teach college part-time and do SAT and SHSAT preparation. I have MFA in fiction from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, MA in writing from Florida State, and BA in Humanities from New College of Florida. I am married to Julie since 1999....more
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