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The Nameless World
by Heather Payer-Smith   

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Young Adult/Teen

ISBN-10:  1461112656


Copyright:  June 16, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781461112655

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The Nameless World

While trying to escape the persistent class bully, Noah discovers several mysterious, metallic puzzle pieces lying on the ground. Beside them are the glasses of his missing science teacher and mentor, Mr. Porter. As Noah fits the pieces together he disappears through a portal into a mystifying world filled with creatures and adventures beyond all imagination.

His first instinct is to find a way back home, but Noah suspects there may be a link between this strange world and Mr. Porter’s disappearance. Throughout his search for Mr. Porter and his journey to find a way back home, Noah learns the nameless world is in trouble and finds himself a pivotal player in the struggle to save it.


The Nameless World is the first book in an upcoming series (The Nameless World Series).  The story takes 11-year-old Noah Wright (an introverted boy who is often bullied at school) on an unexpected adventure when he accidentally opens a portal and is transported to another world...

The book offers two story lines: It begins and ends with Noah's struggle in the real world as he faces bullying, deals with the loss of his father and the challenges of being poor.  Though not the main focus of the greater story, the book touches upon the bullying epidemic thousands of kids face each and every day in schools (as well as the consequences of making poor choices when dealing with this issue).  This is a very important topic that kids need to understand.  The Nameless World offers parents and teachers the opportunity to open discussion on this subject while exploring Noah's situation. 

Then, through Noah's adventures in the nameless world, the book dives deeper into environmental awareness/concern as Noah discovers the importance of standing up for what is right as he witnesses first hand the delicate balance between man and nature.  The core plot has a very relevant theme of environmental awareness and ecological preservation - something that can have a positive impact on today’s "go green" efforts.  It also promotes respect and appreciation for animals.  It is so important for kids today to recognize that we have a responsibility to preserve and protect nature and natural resources.  This book conveys this message through a memorable story to which kids can relate. 

Both issues presented in the book are very important areas that kids need to gain insight and understanding to make better decisions for their own actions and choices.  While The Nameless World is very much about Noah's exciting adventures, the story is presented in a way that kids can learn a little about themselves and the world around them while reading. 
"...The sight before him made Noah’s legs go numb. His arms were like spaghetti at his sides and a wave of dizziness flooded over him. He fell back into the stream. The cool water brought him back to his senses. He looked over to the edge of the bank. There stood the most frightening creature Noah had ever seen in all his life."

Professional Reviews

Thought-provoking adventure, July 25, 2011 By Jennifer Stone
5 out of 5 Stars

Noah is the target of the school bullies every day. They taunt him, take his possessions and even hit him over the head with his own book!

The young protagonist is afraid to fight back, but when the bullies throw his favorite book into a mud puddle during recess he snaps and launches a rock at the biggest bully's head. A teacher comes at the sound of the bully's distressed cries and Noah hides behind a large oak tree.

It is there that he finds his missing science teacher's glasses and two mysterious puzzle pieces that transport him to another world. As Noah travels through this world trying to get back home he makes new friends, discovers an ecosystem with life-giving rivers and rescues native creatures from being eaten by bigger beasts. He also discovers that the humans of this world aren't well liked by the native creatures - for a very good reason: they are destroying the delicate ecosystem along with the creatures who depend on it.

Noah must find his way through this world to the Chatalbin who can send him home, and to do this he must find the courage within himself to brave the nameless world.

The Nameless World is an exciting and thought-provoking adventure that middle grade readers are sure to love.

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