In And So It Happened, B. Kent takes the reader into a modern-day Alice in Wonderland-esque world of strange events when protagonist Reese claims “I’m never going to read more than I have to”. I was hooked by this tween to teen chapter novel by the first reference: my favorite childhood book, The Phantom Tollbooth. The author makes a number of references throughout the book to other fictional favorites for youth: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are, andEmma. The reader’s appetite is whetted and the book reads like a Who’s Who of fictional characters every kid should know--a literary treasure hunt from beginning to end.Author Kent does not overwhelm with details and her message is crystal clear: Reading is knowledge that builds our imaginations. I highly recommend this book to be thrust into the hands of any child who makes the same claim as Reese did. The book is always better than the movie!