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Fantasy novel celebrates the potential and excitement of young adulthood

You’re invited on a trip to another dimension, and you won’t need to pack a suitcase. Just bring along a youthful sense of adventure. 

The young adult novel Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes tells the story of two seemingly ordinary 13-year-olds whose lives change drastically when the vice consul of the planet Miriax shows up in their tiny apartment and recruits them to seal a dimensional hole through which evil aliens called Klodians have been traveling to Earth. 

Upon visiting Miriax, nothing is as the twins expect. Lilac tea is served with explosive mushrooms, agitex leaves cure motion sickness, stick insects patrol the jungle and library books carefully choose their readers, refusing to leave the shelf for anyone else. And if you’re not careful, the walls spit on you. 

In imagining fantastic worlds for boys and girls aged 9 and older, the book’s author P.H.C. Marchesi revisited memories of moving from Brazil to Austria as a young teen. “I remember very well the sense of excitement I felt upon learning that I’d be going to an unknown place, where the culture, the language and even the climate were completely different,” she says. “I really did think I was embarking on a great adventure, and it’s those feelings I drew on when I wrote Shelby and Shauna Kitt. I wanted to convey the sense of boundless potential and achievement that characterizes this period in our lives.” 

Young readers respond enthusiastically to Shelby and Shauna’s adventures and their uncommon special powers. Shauna can’t get sick and excels at making others feel better. Shelby can see in the dark, and his reflexes are so fast he can play and win any video game on the first go. Yet the personal difficulties they face and overcome are ones to which all teens can relate. 

“I would recommend this book to people who like adventure and fantasy,” writes 13year-old reviewer Ben Weldon. “It was very entertaining and I didn't want to put it down until I finished it.” 

Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes is available for sale on Amazon.

ISBN/EAN13: 0615475442/ 9780615475448
Page count: 350

Related categories: Juvenile Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

Press release created by Substance Books.

About the author:

P.H.C. Marchesi has a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is an English professor.