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How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe (And Put It Back Together Again)

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★ "Suspend all disbelief and enjoy." —Kirkus (starred review)

From David Teague, the coauthor of the critically acclaimed Saving Lucas Biggs, comes a funny and sweet story about learning to have courage even when it feels like the world is ending.

Oscar Indigo has never been good at baseball, so naturally he’s nervous when he has to fill in for his team’s injured All-Star, Lourdes. Luckily, Oscar has a mysterious gold watch that can stop time, which he uses to fake a game-winning home run. Now Oscar’s the underdog hero of his town and even Lourdes wants to be his friend.

But the universe is a precarious place, and you can’t just steal time without any consequences. If Oscar doesn’t find a way to return the time he stole, the universe will unwind completely.

Oscar wants nothing more than to ask Lourdes for help, but what would a baseball star like her think of a guy whose fake home run actually destroyed the universe? But as he and Lourdes grow closer, Oscar understands that it isn’t always what you do that makes you special—but who you are. And that confidence just might be the key to fixing the universe.

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Critical Praise

“Teague weaves the tale with gentle expressions of teamwork, friendship, honesty, and compassion. Suspend all disbelief and enjoy.”   —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This sporty science fiction story’s suspense, humor, and likeable characters give it broad appeal for middle grade.” —School Library Journal

Praise for HENRY CICADA’S EXTRAORDINARY ELKTONIUM ESCAPADE: “Wry, bizarre, and as audacious as Henry himself, this is one fantasy/adventure not to be missed.” —School Library Journal

Praise for HENRY CICADA’S EXTRAORDINARY ELKTONIUM ESCAPADE: “Teague’s creative use of language and imagination and his mix of science, science fiction, fantasy, and adventure make this worthwhile and captivating reading.” —Booklist

Praise for HENRY CICADA’S EXTRAORDINARY ELKTONIUM ESCAPADE: “A perfect read-out-loud.” —Meridian Magazine online

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062377494
  • ISBN 10: 0062377493
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 11/07/2017
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price: 21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Time Travel

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe (And Put It Back Together Again) by David Teague

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