This young adult book by Steven Stickler has the best beginning to a book that I've read in a long time and I think it would capture the interest of anyone of any age. It starts with a letter that takes the reader into the author's confidence and starts to relate a story that has been kept under wraps - who can resist someone telling them a secret?
This book is very clearly written, funny and has a good pace, ideal for its intended audience and making it a quick enjoyable read for adults. There's some great gentle humour in there with lots of references to things that children can relate to. The tingling Auggie feels when he's near a hole in time is like when Auggie first ate Pop Rocks. Auggie's sister calls him "uggs" like the boots. These very appealing asides add a nice roundness to the hero's character at the beginning, but perhaps hinder the flow of the story later in the novel.
The holes in time are brilliantly introduced. The author's description of Auggie looking into the darkness is as fascinating for the reader as the hole is for Auggie in the novel. I also loved animal-like human villains in the book - the time vultures - and the introduction of historical figures as very human individuals. The crux of the novel was suitably grave and I perhaps found it even more poignant as an adult than if I'd read the book as a child.
There were a few things that did detract: The repetition of phrases might have comic effect but they were overused for me. There were one or two small incongruities with the plot also.
I found The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza a fantastic read though and I hope the ending does leave room for a follow up.