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One teen’s incredible journey may just blow his father’s mind…

Fourteen-year-old Bernard thinks outside the box. The only problem is that neither his school nor his ultra-rational physicist father appreciate his unique ideas. When he reacts to a stressful situation at school by mooning the class, his suspension sends him straight to his father’s workplace. After his frustra
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Published October 1st 2016 by Dualmind Publishing
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Courtney
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of: middle-grade and YA sci-first stories
Recommended to Courtney by: Booktasters
"Isn’t that what it means to be a scientist? To push the boundaries of the unknown? To bravely, actively explore the enormity of our universe ?”

14- year old Bernard always seems to be the black sheep wherever he goes. He's a creative and free thinker living in a world full of people who mainly use logic and cold-hard facts to live by. Raised by scientists, he aspires to become one too, but how can he when he can't even think up a proper science fair project? All of his ideas seem to be too "f
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Milou
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kindly received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The main character of this book is the young Bernard. I loved this boy a lot. He loves science, thinks out of the box, challenges everything and is not scared to ask questions. But after his mother died in an experiment gone wrong, no one appreciates his crazy ideas and curious mind, least of all his dad. When Bernard follows his wandering mind in the 'Atom Smasher' at his father's work, he ends up going through a wormhole
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Giota (the reader)
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

First of all, as you can see from my rating, I quite enjoyed reading about the adventures of Bernard, who travels through a wormhole inside his emotionally distant dad's brain and finds out that there's a whole universe, a Brainiverse, living inside of it! So, he makes it his quest to save his dad, who is in grave danger because the whole right hemisphere of his brain, the one from where intuition, creativity and impulse stems from
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Dave
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of young adult or middle grade these days, but when I received a pre-publication copy of Brainwalker, I read it through.

As is common with many books aimed at these markets, it's written in present tense, which is something I always find myself having to get used to every time. Once I got back into reading present tense, I found it to be a quick read and smoothly written.

The book centers on Bernard, a young man who has lost his mother and is having issues at school. An accident
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Natt Okeeffe
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr
I was sent this book for review. It is about a boy named Bernard who aspires to be a scientist. His mother died in a experiment and his father has ceased to be creative ever since. Bernard gets into a lot of trouble at school and on one ocasion that he gets suspended his dad takes him to work with him to a science lab. Upon exploring the facilities Bernard gets sucked into his fathers brain via a wormhole. He discovers an alternate universe that needs his help to restore itself and his fathers l ...more
Gabrielle Messier
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This a very amazing tale about a boy who is in love with science, he would ask just about any question to keep his mind buzzing with ideas and theories, however his dad has lost all will to experiment and try new things (although he's a scientist himself) because of a tragedy that occurred to the boy's mom in which she lost her life.

The boy jokes about changing his dad's brain but little does he know that's exactly what happens next when he's mind travels through a wormhole and ends up in the B
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Laura
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Oh, I wanted to like this so so much, but I did not so do much. As happens far too often the concept is good, in this case a boy journeying into his dads brain to save him.

Problem is there is no tension. I mean yes he has to save his dad but the books telegraphs that this will be a happy ending.

And the moral is very heavy handed. You need to use both sides of your brain. Yeah, yeah, I got that message.

I have it three stars because the writing is actually well written with some bon mots thrown
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Elle W
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
WARNING of possible spoilers, but I’ll try to be vague about them!

If you need a break from the typical dystopian-love-triangle-type of teen fiction, try “Brainwalker”! It’s a very imaginative adventure that takes place exactly where the title implies... in a brain!

The novel follows Bernard, a young teen dealing with science class woes, his dad to whom he has trouble relating (and vice versa), and the death of his mom. In a strange event involving an atom-smasher at his dad’s work facility, Bern
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Chantel (The Mommy Bookworm)
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Brainwalker was a fantastic read full of twists and turns that kept me hooked from start to finish. The reader follows a young boy, Bernard, on an incredible journey into the mind of his father. After stepping into a wormhole at his fathers job, he is catapulted into his fathers brain. There he meets Basilides, Adhista, Philemone, and many more wild characters, who have been occupying his father's brain from the beginning of time. The
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Ian Miller
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing YA story that need not remain read only by the young. Both Bernard and his father are having trouble following the death of Bernard's mother. Bernard is simply rebellious and impulsive while his father, a physicist, is having trouble coming up with new ideas. A badly behaved Bernard is sent home in the middle of the day, and his father has to take him to work where, thanks to his misbehaving, Bernard gets into an accelerator, his father comes to rescue him, there is a wormhole gene ...more
Kristen
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: upwork
Brainwalker revolves around Bernard, a boy who is just a character. After finding some trouble at school he accompanies his father to work and gets into even more trouble! Particularly, Bernard entering a wormhole, sending him to his father's brain. What I truly love most about this story is Bernard is not “a bad kid” or “class clown”. He is a talented creative boy who just has not been given the best opportunities or outlets to really shine.

This story had me wondering, is this for teens or adu
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Sara Harper
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: so-f-ing-good
This book blew my mind....literally. From it's motley crew of colorful characters to the mind-bending plot, for a science fiction novel that takes place in the brain this book has a lot of heart. I laughed, gasped and cried at different parts. First of all I really related to Bernard and his lack of impulse control as well as his frustration with Ms. Needleman (I always had so many questions in science class and they weren't always answered, much to my chagrin), but also Barnard has a wonderful ...more
Jackie Cubero
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brainwalker was a very exciting and clever book featuring a boy who finds himself in his dad's brain with the opportunity to save him from his decreasing creativity and mental flexibility. I would describe the plot as fast paced, imaginative, and adventurous. With both elements of actual brain anatomy as well as fantastical components, the setting for the novel is mostly the inside of the protagonist's father's brain, the Brainiverse. Mundell and Lacast introduce science terms and facts amidst ...more
Domoni
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bernard is a 14-year-old boy who loves science. Both of his parents are scientists, so he comes by it naturally. Bernard takes after his mother, who is more creative than his father who is more rigid and literal. After his mother dies in an accident in her lab, life is strained for Bernard and his father. Add in being an outcast at school with impulse control issues and things are rocky all around for Bernard. When he comes up with the idea to do a report on wormholes for his science class, he t ...more
Mary
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this to review from a LibraryThing give away and I was really excited by the opportunity to read it. Overall I enjoyed the read but I think there were some things that could have been done better. Much of the things I didn't like about it may have been due to the fact that I don't really read that much YA...so I think my comments should be taken with some grains of salt.

The voice of the main character grabs the reader initially and you are cheering for him throughout the bo
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Yichen Tu
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

“Brainwalker” is a story about a boy’s searching for the answer to the mysterious universe, and the reconnection of father and son love through the main Character, Bernard’s journey inside his father's brain universe.

Bernard is a creative, intuitive, right brain thinker high school student who was searching a topic to write for his school science project. Bernard’s father is a rational, logical, left brain thinker scientist who works for the atom smasher project.

While Bernard was in trouble of
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TT Turner
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
*I received a free copy of this book, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review*

Mundell & Lacast's debut novel was penned considerately, and was a quick and enjoyable read - easy to follow, and packing a whole host of thought-provoking facts and concepts. Whilst the book seemed to be aimed at a YA audience, I think it would pretty much appeal to any audience 12+.

What I liked:
- The world-building was pretty sublime; it was SO COOL to contextualise the brain in this way, and learn about i
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Emily
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Bernard is the son of two scientists, and understandably, he Loves science. Except, now that his mother is gone, no one appreciates his weird ideas. Besides, he has trouble controlling his impulses. Which is how he ends up inside the “Atom Smasher” at his father’s workplace, Bernard’s mind reduced to atoms and transported inside his father’s brain—a place that appears to contain a world of its own, with people, energia, and cities ready to go to war. So Bernard teams up with his new friends to s ...more
zoë ❅ (fallxnrobin)
4 stars

Even though this book is listed under the genres 'Middle Grade' and 'Teens & YA' on NetGalley, I honestly thought it was a Middle Grade book while I was reading it. So imagine my surprise when I realised that it was meant for teens as well. Not because it was childish, but because it just isn't like your typical YA novel.

Brainwalker was a short and easy read. The story is easy to understand and follow. (A boy gets sucked into a wormhole that leads to his father's brain. In there, he
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Jessa Julian
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! See my full review on http://www.msjmentions.blogspot.com .

From the very beginning, I loved this novel. I loved the concept. I loved the characters. I loved realizing that my students would love this and that it would be a wonderful tie in with teaching about the brain and even theme in literature.

I have honestly been telling all of my friends that they are required to read this book. I even have one committed to doing so! YES!

OK, the first thing that I want to mention is
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Elaine White
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book – Brainwalker
Author – Robyn Mundell & Stephan Lacast
Star rating - ★★★★☆

Cover – Intriguing
POV – 1st person, one character POV
Would I read it again – Maybe

Genre – Young Adult, Adventure, Supernatural, Fantasy


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **


While I think kids would love this, teenagers and middle-school kids especially, I did find it a little hard to follow in places. I'm not that knowledgeable about brains or neurons or what they do or where they are and how they work. And, though ou
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Lolly Howe
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a first Young-Adult novel of the writing team of Mundell & Lacast, we are drawn into Bernard's sensory and atmospheric world with great hopes that there will be a series of journeys to follow.

Not unlike experiencing Avatar in a 3D IMAX theater, this exciting and provocative novel includes characters (both in Bernard's outer and inner worlds) and images of such dimension, the reader cannot help but feel fully INVITED into this fantastical storyline.

Because of the writing style of BRAINWA
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Olivia Farr
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Brainwalker" is the story of Bernard, a boy who is searching for a project in science, and accidentally travels through a wormhole into his dad's brain at his dad's work (his father works with an "atom smasher" or particle collider). His dad's brain contains an entire universe which is in trouble due to a lack of energeia (how neurons communicate).

Overall, the book is cute and clever. Bernard's father has become too logical and so needs to enhance the artistic parts of his brain (which are lack
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Leonie Byrne
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I must admit that I was a little surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was like Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets science fiction.

Bernard is the son of two scientists but following his mother's accidental science related death, everything seems to be going wrong. His dad is now afraid of creativity and emotion and Bernard himself is struggling at school.

A chance trip to his dad's office finds Bernard sucked into a 'wormhole' and somehow ending up inside his dad's brain. It's here that he begi
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Kristen Canady
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Brainwalker. I thought the premise was pretty clever – definitely an approach to teenage urban fantasy that I’ve never seen before. I found myself quite enamored with Bernard and all his geeky questions and theories. He’s charming and creative and perceptive – a great counter character to his father, who is obviously having a hard time and is kind of blah.

Bernard accidentally travels through a wormhole and ends up in his Dad’s brain. The plot hinges on a left brain vs. right br
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Malcolm Clarke
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As an example of smart & savvy literature for smart & savvy young adults 'Brainwalker' is one-of-a-kind, in a class by itself. Entertaining and phenomenally exciting in equal measure, it's an ambitious and adventurous work of fiction that manages to educate and inform in a non-didactic style that's super easy to absorb, even when the factual neuroscience is quite advanced. No-one can read this wonderful book and not come away feeling smarter and way more knowledgable about the both the h ...more
Gilly
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it




This book I have to say was new to me and I've never read anything like it before but after Netgalley accepted my request to read it I decided that I loved the book and the whole concept of it.

It teaches you about the brain in ways you could never imagine. Bernard is transported into his fathers brain and although it has its own little world there, it's still his brain.

The people living inside the brain are like two nations like the two sides of the brain. The left side has to learn to get along
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Rowena Lundquist
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brainwalker is a charming, allegorical fantasy written by Robyn Mundell and Stephen Lacast. Set down through misadventure into his own father's brain, 13 year-old Bernard wonders how he can get back to the world outside, find an idea for his school science project, repair his relationship with his dad, and most important of all, figure out what's going wrong inside his scientist father's head so he can fix it before it's too late. The tale is well-written and carries the reader along effortlessl ...more
Sarah Debergerac
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In an age where YA science fiction novels are more about finding a boyfriend or girlfriend than engaging in actual speculative fiction, it’s refreshing to find a story with a thought in its head--and a lot more besides. In science-fantasy novel Brainwalker, teen scientist Bernard gets into an accident while testing out a theory inside a particle accelerator (clearly inspired by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider) at his father's lab. He falls through a wormhole that takes him into a world deep inside ...more
Maranda
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Story starts and ends with the MOON! All will have to take a read to find out what I am talking about. This is a great Teen read revolving around young minds faced with the challenges of life. Barnard is a budding scientist without a clue how to pick an experiment that his teacher, Ms. Needleman, will approve of. Science is a battle ground of those that deal in facts and those that are more creative thinkers. Mundell weaves her book around these differences that stem from ideas drawn from either ...more
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“Be patient with him. If the same quality did not exist in you, you wouldn’t notice it in him.” 1 likes
“Wish me good luck, please,” I whisper.
“On one condition,” Philemone says. “Remember, what you call luck is the meeting of opportunity and flexibility.”
I smile, weakly.
“Good luck,” she says. “Now go.”
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