Slideways by Faith Van Horne
Gerald Welford doesn’t care about the ancient treasures of Santorini. The sixteen-year-old talked his way into this archaeological dig for one reason: to discover a remnant of the lost city of Atlantis. When he finds a plain black book among the island’s ancient ruins, he is sure he has the clue. He cannot anticipate the world-shattering consequences his theft has unleashed.
Reva Schrock is fourteen, newly homeless, and possibly going insane. She hasn’t spoken to her imaginary friend, Quick, since kindergarten. Now he’s in her head again, trying to convince her he exists. On the plus side, Reva’s great aunt Darlene has offered to take her in until Reva’s life gets back to normal. But Darlene’s been keeping a secret: she’s an Akashic Librarian, charged with preserving and tracking each piece of recorded information that has ever existed. The Akashic Records span all worlds, including one that might be Quick’s. Now one of those records, a book called the Sundering Spell, has been stolen, and its absence may destroy all known realities. Reva’s relationship with Quick may be the key to finding the lost record and returning balance between the worlds.
Meanwhile, Gerald Welford must and recover the book to secure his legacy. At the same time, he must work with Reva to retrieve it. The damaged spell could break down the barrier between Atlantis (Quick’s world) and Reva’s, at last bringing these two worlds back together. Throughout her adventures, Reva will discover the truth about her family, her “imaginary” friend, and what it means to come home.