Reviewed for Middle School, 2007

12-year-old Becker Drane works as a "Fixer" in The Seems, the world behind our world that is responsible for existence as we know it. A glitch in the Department of Sleep is keeping everyone up at night, and Becker is called in to remedy the problem. But, this is no routine mission and he will have to rely on all of his training and intellect to fix the problem and save the world. The book's premise serves as a great jumping off point for talking about responsibility and loyalty. Plus, it's the first book in a series, so for readers who like it, there's more to come. An especially great read for a sixth grader. (Bloomsbury, $16.95)