If you think it's tough being the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, try being his son. Better yet, try being his seventh son, like Joss is. All Joss's older brothers have awesome jobs: they create new species, or choreograph sunrises and sunsets, or inspire artists! All Joss gets to do is deliver pies. That's right: pies.
Of course these pies actually hold all the secrets of the universe between their buttery crusts, and Joss has to cart them all over the Upper Realms--home to everyone who controls the universe. Normally, the Realms are hidden from human eyes, but every once in awhile, someone accidentally gets a forbidden peek. No one knows the consequences of discovering the Realms, because any planet that sees them gets immediately taken out of the space-time continuum, so that it has never existed in the first place.
One day, the planet that gets the accidental view of the Realms is Earth. And while the consequence is the same as always, one human girl is somehow transported to the Realms--and now she and Joss must see if they can save Earth from...never existing.
* "Full of fascinating science and clever humor, Mass's story shines as bright as the stars of Joss's universe. A high-stakes extraterrestrial adventure that's as exciting as it is fun."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Could be a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for kids...Science and absurdity frolic together to gleeful effect."
Wendy Mass won the ALA Schneider Family Book Award for her first young readers' novel, A Mango-Shaped Space, about a girl with the fascinating condition synesthesia. In Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, a boy embarks on a life-changing journey. In Every Soul a Star, three very different kids are brought together by a solar eclipse; and in The Candymakers, four kids enter the contest of a lifetime. The Space Taxi series sends a boy and a talking cat on adventures to distant planets, and the Willow Falls books (beginning with 11 Birthdays) add a dash of magic into a small town. Wendy lives in New Jersey with her family.