Reviewed By Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite - 5 Stars

Eddie McPherson delivers a brilliant mash up of fairy tales and stories. Dereck starts off mocking fairy tales and detesting them because his sister wants them read to her on a loop. He doesn't see the adventure and purpose the tales have, preferring superheroes over them. Then he ends up in this other world where he meets various characters. He even finds himself in the middle of the classic rivalry between the Wicked Witch and Glinda. McPherson also includes brief appearances by Jack, the giant, a goose, and Ichabod Crane. Fractured puts a new twist on these popular tales with personal touches throughout that add charm to the story, such as having Red's Grandma use a tin can to contact a neighbor.

McPherson has a delightful sense ofhumor seen throughout, often playing off Dereck's spunk or throwing in fun fairy tale references, such as witches not liking fire ... known as the Hansel-Gretel Syndrome. Dereck goes through a significant journey. He starts off taking his little sister for granted, then he goes through these obstacles to get back to her, which gives him an eye opener as to how much she needs him. He also learns to respect fairy tales, which he refers to as “little girl books,” learning to see the true magic of them. Fractured is a unique adventure with notable fairy tale characters and a twist on a classic story that will soon become your favorite. Praise for ​Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz.

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite - Five Stars

Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz is an action and adventure fantasy novel for children and preteens written by Eddie McPherson. How many times can a regular thirteen-year-old boy be forced to read the same old fairy tales to his kid sister before he gets a break? It seemed no matter how much he tried, five-year-old Jessie wanted more, and she was more than willing to tattle to her mom about him if he didn’t comply with her every wish. Sure, Dereck had enjoyed those old stories when he was her age, but he wanted to go out and play catch. He was careful to show their mom that he could be trusted to take care of Jessie. His mom was trusting him to take care of her and the house overnight while she was away on business. This was a big deal for Dereck, but he knew he could do it. What he hadn’t counted on, however, was a terrifyingly powerful storm and a mighty banging sound coming from the basement in the dead of night.

Eddie McPherson’s action and adventure fantasy novel for children and preteens, Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz, is a fun and action-packed blend of present day and fantasy as Dereck finds himself reliving the fairy tales and children’s stories which he’s so tired of reading aloud. McPherson makes the basement in Dereck’s house so scary that it had me remembering reaching up to turn off the basement light when I was his age and running as fast as I could up the cellar stairs. His abject terror at being locked in that dark and spooky basement is a grand way to start his fantastic and fun voyage into an oddly familiar alternative world. McPherson’s plot is clever and fun, and his characters work quite well with the setting. Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz is highly recommended.

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Reviewed By Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite - 5 Stars

Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood-Eddie McPherson combines and gives the much-loved fairy tales a new spin in Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz. It’s inevitably nostalgic when reading about the beloved classic characters in a new tale, told in an engaging, clear-cut narrative intertwined with great messages for young minds; family bonds, bravery, and perseverance. Reading Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz leaves me with a better appreciation for the classics and their importance as reading materials for young readers. It’s a pleasant and imaginative story that both children and adults can enjoy.

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