Silver in the 2010 Mom's Choice Awards
Audio Book Category
Finalist of the National Best Books 2009 Awards
sponsored by USA Book News
Audio Book: Fiction, Unabridged Category
Winner of the Indie Excellence Book Awards
DVD Fiction Category (included Audiobook and E-Book)
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
Finlaist in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards
Audio Fiction Category
3rd place for the Preditors and Editors Best Novel Award
Science Fiction Novel Category
1st Place (twice) in the DIY Book Festival
E-Book and Audiobook Categories
1st Place in the London Book Festival
Honorable Mention in the New England Book Fesitval
Audio Book Category
Silver Medal (2nd place) in the Moonbeam Childrens Book Awards
Audio Book Category
Honorable Mention in the Hollywood Book Fesitval
Honorable Mention in the New York Book Fesitval
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
Science Fiction/Fantasy Category
Honorable Mention in the Beach Book Festival
Science Fiction Category
– Diana Pharaoh Francis (author of the Path and Crosspointe series)
"Flame throwing pigeons and demonic dumpsters. Funny and imaginative."
– Maria V. Snyder (New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study)
"Paraworld Zero doesn’t just take you to a parallel universe of strange beings and galactic battles where everything is ruled by magic; it takes you through a parallel journey of the heart. Matthew Peterson weaves a wonderful heartfelt story that any coming-of-age adolescent can relate. As Simon, Tonya, Thornapple and Har struggle with their own preconceived ideas and prejudices, they learn to trust, love and appreciate one another."
– T.L. Gray (author of the Necromancer series)
"Its rollicking adventure style reminds this reader of a cross between Harry Potter's adventures and those of Artemis Fowl. Colorful characters, fast-paced adventure, and clever humor make this an interesting read."
– TeensReadToo.com (ReadingJunky) read
"Fantasy lovers will devour Paraworld Zero... Matthew Peterson uses descriptive writing and likable characters to capture your attention. I was completely intrigued on the first chapter! The world he creates is incredibly unique and captivating."
– ThePageFlipper.blogspot.com read
"Enticing and very entertaining... We'll be eagerly looking forward to the next in this funny, unique, and imaginative series."
– TheCompulsiveReader.blogspot.com read
"Peterson deftly blends elements of fantasy and science fiction in this action packed romp."
– The Faerie Drink Review & Poised at the Edge read
"ParaWorld Zero is one of those rare young adult novels that all ages will enjoy ... funny, fast paced, and enough twist and turns to keep you reading all the way to the end. Don't miss this one!"
– SpecFicWorld.com (Note: this review came directly from the editor, Doyle Eldon Wilmoth, Jr)
"The characters are lively and the storyline is fast paced and exciting to read. It's got everything a kid would enjoy reading so you guys should definitely pick this book up..."
– TheBookBinge.com read
"Amazing! Harry Potter step back, Simon Kent is a magic welder with a secret history.... fun adventures, cool characters, and laughable moments... Definitely a good read..."
– Yellow30Scifi.com read
"For a first time novelist Peterson shows a good grasp of what makes a book exciting, injecting his novel with a cracking pace, endearing characters - and the story's breakneck climax is well worth the wait... I wouldn’t be surprised if the book wasn't optioned for a film sometime in the future... well worth buying..."
– Sci-fi Online read
"This sci-fi/fantasy adventure pulls the reader in from the first sentence and keeps the pages turning. Filled with humor, cool new gadgets and spells, and an extremely original premise, this is one book you do not want to miss out on... Two thumbs up."
– MySpace.com/bookchicclub read
"...Harry Potter meets Star Wars... Paraworld Zero is a sharply written, highly entertaining young adult novel. It is accessible, fast paced, with enjoyable, realistic characters."
– WormsScifi.com read
"The story is a nice mix of SF and fantasy... The strongest part of Paraworld Zero is the ending. Peterson writes an excellent cliffhanger that made me excited about the next episode."
– BookLoons.com read
"Saving the planet seems to be impossible. Only a concerted effort of all and Simon’s Magic has any chance of success."
– ConNotations, by Gary Swaty (page 19) read
"Paraworld Zero held me in my seat from the first page. An exciting fast-paced adventure, chock full of magic and humor... It is very rare that you don't guess the ending of the book until you get to the ending and that is what Paraworld Zero was like for me! Matthew Peterson delivered a formidable tale and followed through with amazing results. I for one am looking forward to the second book in this series. It cannot come out fast enough to satisfy my curiosity! While this book contains elements of Harry Potter and Star Wars it is still uniquely in a league of its own. Matthew Peterson has a delightful imagination and a wonderful sense of humor. I look forward to reading more of his books."
– MySpace.com/weaversofwords read
"I really enjoyed Peterson's book. He obviously puts his vivid imagination to use in his writings... I highly recommend this novel to fantasy fans of every age."
– MySpace.com/multiversereviews read
"Readers will delight in this first book in Matthew Peterson’s Parallel Worlds series... I look forward to the next in the adventures of Simon, Tonya, and their growing gang of friends. I am sure many young readers - and older ones as well - will, too."
– MyShelf.com read
"...tale of magic, mayhem, and maturation... action packed... A reasonable blend of science fiction and fantasy, Simon's adventures should appeal to middle schoolers..."
"The author has mastered the formula for injecting a constantly increasing level of tension in his story... This series should become a bestselling set of stories. We rated it an almost perfect five hearts."
– HeartlandReviews.com read
"...an original, creative, and engaging story... I am utterly amazed at how engrossed I was by this book... This book makes you feel the magic and imagination of childhood all over again."
– BookPleasures.com read (Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer, www.authorkellymoran.com)
"Lewis, Rowling, and Tolkien on steroids... an imaginative and creative coming of age adventure."
– TheReadingTub.com read
"...if you like science fiction this would be a good read for you."
– QualityBookReviews.wordpress.com read
"“Imaginative” is the best word for this book. The science fiction genre is overcrowded in today’s market, but Peterson’s Paraworld Zero is one of those novels that stands out among the rest... Paraworld Zero is an impressive novel: not only is its concept creative, but Peterson manages to explain everything and tie up any loose ends in the story line and still leave it open for future excitement."
– LiteraryMagic.com read
"I really enjoyed this book. It was totally outside my genre of books that I read but [I was] so happy to have read it. I can't wait to read the other books in this series and see how Simon evolves."
– CindysLoveOfBooks.blogspot.com read
"PARAWORLD ZERO was the absolute best YA novel that I have ever read!"
– BookReporter.com (Linda B. from Word of Mouth) read
"The story follows young Simon Kent, an orphan and a victim of bullies, as he is suddenly catapulted into a series of adventures by an encounter with a young student of magic. Tonya transports Simon to another "paraworld," one of many parallel universes. They have various adventures with Puds, ancient secrets, magic, space travel, etc."
– School Library Journal
"I am deeply impressed with this book. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and a honest Star Wars fan and this book combines what I love of both of them... I have a feeling I'm going to be re-reading this one quite a bit."
– BookwormExtraordinaire.blogspot.com read
"Peterson has definitely put a lot [of] imagination into this work. . . readers will find themselves drawn into the rollicking adventures of Simon and his friends. Plus, a few unanswered questions are sure to have them begging for a sequel."
– YABooksCentral.com read
"...a well-written, well-narrated piece of literature... Paraworld Zero is for readers who enjoy stories of strange worlds, stranger creatures and some of the strangest (but good) characters to be ever audioed."
– ReaderViewsKids.com read
"It has uniquely original concepts... Packed with Star Wars-like duels and terrifying creatures, it is a great cross between fantasy and sci-fi."
– Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont newspaper) read
"Over 100 unique character voices are present in this stirring audio adaptation that the whole family can enjoy, perfect for long car trips. Highly recommended."
– Midwest Book Review read
Honorable Mention in SpecFicWorld.com's
2005 Speculative Fiction contest
2006 Quarter Finalist
2005 Quarter Finalist