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Between Worlds

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Immersive augmented reality brings this action-packed fantasy to life.

The town of Eden Grove has a legend: In the center of a pine forest there is an aspen grove, and in the center of the aspen grove is an ancient, magnificent tree. A tree that grants wishes.

Mayberry and Marshall have heard the stories about the Wishing Tree, but they know nothing like that could really e
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Emma You shouldn't be worried about reading a children's book as a high schooler. I'm almost 26, and I still read kids and YA books all the time. Also, the…moreYou shouldn't be worried about reading a children's book as a high schooler. I'm almost 26, and I still read kids and YA books all the time. Also, the quote/review on the cover is from a man who just turned 74 this year. If he can enjoy this book, you can, too.(less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
this was a fun read! i wish my edition had the illustrations, because i had a hard time picturing the magical creatures & the alternate world itself. also it was so nice reading a book where the characters weren't described as breathtakingly beautiful. BLESS PRAISE. i do think that some of the text was trying way too hard to be relatable for example the references to beyonce & the kardashians & there were also a few cliches here and there, but for the most part this was a fun adventu ...more
Dannie  *migraine in 5..4..3..*
Aug 22, 2016 marked it as dnr-backedup
Sponsored ad telling me I would enjoy with no reason other than because they gave me an ad the author paid for that in turn told me I needed to augment my reading with an app that would need to be downloaded. I almost never read books outside gay romance, and I do mean read. If it requires an app to get the world building across, I am certainly not interested. I read to have the pictures painted with words, not to be told I need to have an app do what words should. I don't tend to fill my device ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I wish I could be teleported to another world through my local wishing tree. While it looks like it might never happen to me, Marshall and Mayberry, the main characters of Skip Brittenham's BETWEEN WORLDS, have that exact fate handed to them when they go to Eden Grove’s “Mystery Forest." No really, when they fall asleep next to a regular looking tree, they wake up in a completely new world full of crazy creatures they never could have even dreamed of seeing. However, it turns out that it’s tough ...more
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Katie Carson
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader’s copy from MB Communications in exchange for an honest review.

Between Worlds is the story of Marshall and Mayberry, two teens that stumble upon another world through a Wishing Tree. They head out into their town’s Mystery Forest, which is a thick aspen grove steeped in legend. After falling asleep beneath the wishing tree, Marshall and Mayberry wake up in Nith, a parallel world filled with fantastical creatures and magic. In a world rich with beings Marshall and Ma
I bought this book recently and I must say it was very very good. In fact it was so good I couldn't put it down except to go to the bathroom and eat and stuff. The book was ripe full of excitement and action. The main characters were great and it worked for them, the story I mean. Since I have the book and all it will be around and I will be reading it over again as do a lot of the books I have. It was that good.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really did not like this book at all. I'm not sure why I kept reading.
Hannah Comfybookchats
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gflibrary
Had potential with no follow through. Lacknof plot.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
In the forest is an aspen tree said to grant wishes. When Marshall and Mayberry encounter it, they end up in a world full of strange creatures, magic, and danger. Can they survive?

This was stuffed with all the things I usually enjoy, but maybe because of that I never connected much with anything. It was too much, too fast. Or perhaps I just didn't feel enough of a connection to the characters or the world to really care about what happened to either.

The illustrations are easily the best part. Ev
Jonathan Pongratz
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it

This is my first time reading one of Brittenham's works and my experience was ... conflicted.

So this story is about three kids who get teleported to a magical world called Nith through a giant aspen tree. Together, they must find a way back to Earth in one piece.

In a nutshell, the whole concept of Nith and the aspen tree was pretty great. I truly enjoyed the colorful world of Nith and the different species of creatures.

That being said, I believe my main issue with this book was both the pl
Jonny Keen
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
The plot is reasonably interesting, but the prose is clunky and amateurish. The author makes some effort to flesh out the characters and portray them as modern teenagers, but he comes across a little like a dad trying desperately to be cool.

I read the whole story and enjoyed the plot, but I can't help think Brittenham may have got himself a book deal based mainly on his background in entertainment. He certainly needs to polish up his prose style, but I think he has some potential as a fantasy au
Jeff Raymond
A somewhat paint-by-numbers fantasy that has an augmented reality aspect/angle to it. As I read the book in a form where the AR was not ready yet, I cannot speak to how they might impact the book, but as a story itself, it was fine. Maybe a little unsubstantial on its own, but that is a little damning in my mind because a story should not live or die on an external gimmick, IMO. So for a story that isn't very sticky, I give it a rating, but consider the whole package incomplete since I don't kno ...more
Terry Maguire
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mf-sci-fi
This is a fun read, especially when integrated with the AR app, which works beautifully with the 12+ color pages throughout the novel. Marshall & Mayberry are great characters and though I wouldn't say that the writing is the best part of this novel, it's still an exciting fantasy read and students will love to play with the AR app (which is also interactive). This would be a good choice for a reluctant reader.
Cj Dellinger
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written!

This book gives a great idea of what parallel universes could be like, especially in the regards of how one might get there. In this one, it would seem that the tree is the device to travel. I am curious what the sand and walking stick could do, though. Would be interesting if there were a sequel.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Had to read it for class. I couldn't even get through the first 30 pages and I had to skim/Google the rest. It's horrible. Writing, characters, story.. all of it. I swear the author paid his way into getting it published.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really interesting, but I think it was missing something. The plot was good but it wasn't as exciting as it could have been. I liked Mayberry and Marshall, they were pretty cool.The ending was good too. The Augmented reality stuff was cool on the app too.
Colette Waring
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was really slow for the most part and didn't get interesting or hook me until towards the end. When it did get interesting, though, I enjoyed it.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this book.
Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review: 'Between Worlds', An Interactive Novel by Skip Brittenham.

Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham takes us into an entirely new action packed and interactive work of imagination. Eden Grove seems like a sleepy town, a place to raise children and escape from the stress of larger areas. In the enter of the forest that surrounds it, an aspen grove finds it home. The trees are ancient, and have been a part of the lure of the area, once even claimed to hold a wi
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Between Worlds is a middle grade adventure story which features AR technology throughout the book. You can download an app that works with the book, which brings the pages alive. I love how books are starting to incorporate unique ideas to make reading a whole other experience. But as much as I do love technology, I think for the most part reading should just be reading without extra bells and whistles because there's nothing better than an imagination plus a good book. I guess I feel like inste ...more
john brittenham
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very unique read

This is a great book that I highly recommend. Very intriguing and unique. I loved the pictures and the augmented reality!
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
BETWEEN WORLDS by Skip Brittenham harkens back to many classical fantasies in that there is a secret, seemingly mundane portal ready to transport people to another dimension. In this case, it is a large aspen tree that sends two young teenagers to Nith, a place full of dangerous creatures who are looking for their next meal, and also a place where humans possess magic. Mayberry and Marshall, the two protagonists, must learn to harness their powers and navigate their way through Nith if they hope ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won, first-reads
Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham is an interesting fantasy for young readers, roughly middle school age. There is also an app that is available "to experience this book in immersive Augmented Reality."

The first part of the book was a little slow for me but it keeps just enough interest to keep reading while the alternate universe is established and background information is shared. The story picks up when two of the young people have to struggle to save themselves and another boy stuck there. T
Sara Strand
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure, I was doing the augmented reality (AR) on my iPhone, but it would have been so much cooler on a tablet, for sure. So if you're going to take advantage of the AR aspect of that, that might be a helpful tip for you. Secondly, this is geared towards the middle school crowd (12+) but honestly, my third grader (age 8) got into it easily so if you have a child who can read at a 4th grade level and up, this might be a good pick for them.

The story itself is pretty interesting, we have
Brenda A
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-con-2016
The imagination behind this is fantastic. It reminded me of little Brenda; the one who was constantly writing fantasy stories during those extra minutes in class. It was always centered on a portal to another world where all manner of fantastical beasts lived. Between Worlds was exactly like that. Mayberry and Marshall enter a world through a giant magical tree and cause all kinds of hullabaloo.

Obviously, Nith is the star of the book. The creatures we were exposed to on Nith were awesome, gargan
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slj-reviews, ya
Reviewed for School Library Journal August 1st, 2016 issue.

Gr 6–9—Years ago, the residents of Eden Grove were encouraged to create stories around "Mystery Forest," an old aspen grove outside of town. One of the more enduring tales was that of a tree located in the exact center of the forest that would grant wishes. When Mayberry, a recent transfer student to the high school, hears of this wishing tree, she is intrigued. Her one and only friend, Marshall, a fellow social outcast with a secret cru
Ben Mariner
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is pretty standard YA fare. A couple of outcasts find companionship in each other and then suddenly find themselves in a situation no one else could possibly know about. Felt very Bridge to Terabithia-esque to me. It really wasn't bad, overall, just not overly original or engaging. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2 is because of the companion app that you can download for free. Using the app allows you to turn the in-book illustrations into 3D augmented reality models that can ...more
Emma Clement
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I got a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Here it is!!

This book was a quick, action-filled, fantasy novel. It involved three likable human characters, a bad guy (no idea what kind of creature he is), an alternate universe/world, merlin's wand, and some adorable familiar animals (pets) for each human. I loved them more than the humans, tbh, but the protagonists and their adventure was fun to read about. A little unrealistic and very lighthearted, this wasn't my favorite bo
Donna Dobihal Smith
This fantasy has over-the-top fantasy characters, which was off-putting for me, and more description than I care for. That said, the fix these likable characters get into is a dangerous, fast-paced ride right up to a satisfying end.
Rachel Meyer
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-novels
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It kept me turning pages, but Nith felt bizarre and the characters didn't have much motivation. The illustrations were cool though.
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Skip Brittenham is an entertainment lawyer who lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter, and has two older daughters as well. He's an avid fly-fisherman and outdoorsman who has traveled to some of the remotest parts of the globe. He has written two graphic novels, Anomaly and Shifter. Between Worlds was Skip's first YA novel and Anomaly: The Rubicon will be available in November of ...more
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