The Third Quest's

Parallel Universe

A reading intervention curriculum for fragile readers
in grades 5 through 12 (and adults)

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Overview the Parallel Universe, Season 1. Learn who the program is for, lesson requirements, and what our field test participants say. Video length: 4:00

New Opportunities for Sam

Hear Sam read before and after The Parallel Universe. Listen to Sam and his mom, Laura, talk about their remarkable journey. Video length: 5:06

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The 41 video lessons are narrated by a cool dude, with explicit instruction delivered by nationally recognized reading specialist and author Marilyn Sprick. The Parallel Universe, Season 1 is a reading intervention for students in grades 5 through high school who haven’t mastered reading well enough to access sophisticated text with confidence. Lessons are scientifically based, following guidelines from research with compelling narrative and informational content. 


Family members and school staff coach students to proficiency. The Parallel Universe is a motivating and effective curriculum, not a series of motivational activities. Students become stronger readers when The Parallel Universe is used with fidelity.

School Edition

The School Edition includes a 12-month video license that allows a school to set up multiple users for one-to-one tutorials with families or volunteers or for small group instruction with teachers, paraprofessionals and even parents at home who want to take on improving their child’s reading. Each adult needs a Coach’s Manual, and each student needs a Logbook.

"My child finished today’s lesson with a smile on her face rather than tears. Thank you."
–Parent, California
"It is an easy program to follow. I would recommend it to other parents.”
–Parent, Hawaii
"I would recommend the Parallel Universe because it is fun and helps improve your reading."
–Student, California
“My student is much more confident in class and reading in front of others. Her MAPS scores have jumped up.”
—Coach, Nebraska
"The program will help you with sophisticated words.”
—Student, Pennsylvania
"My son volunteered to read on the intercom. He would never have done that before."
—Parent, Oregon
"Now I can read better with fluency and understand the story better.”
–Student, California
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Click here to read about The Third Quest's Parallel Universe, Season 1 basics: who the program is for, how the program is constructed, the Scope and Sequence, and program materials.
Click here to view
our program webinar.

Video length: 33:00

Multimedia Content

Forty-one lesson videos guide the student(s) and a coach as they systematically build word recognition skills, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.
Click here to view two sample lessons.


The Home Edition includes a single 6-month subscription to the video lessons, a Coach’s Manual, and a Student Logbook.

The School Edition includes a 12-month video subscription for multiple users working with students from a school. Each instructor will need a Coach’s Manual, and each student will need a consumable Student Logbook. Visit Ancora Publishing
to learn more.

Quantifiable Results

Progress Monitoring
External Progress Monitoring
Internal Progress Monitoring

To set up a free web meeting overview, complete the signup form.

Sign up for Marilyn Sprick’s Newsletter for literacy nerds and users of the Third Quest and Read Well.

The Third Quest’s Parallel Universe, Season 1 is easy and effective–IT WORKS! For the cost of a weekend getaway, improve a child’s reading for a lifetime.

Available from Ancora Publishing.

The Parallel Universe Sample Lessons

Two sample lessons are provided below. First download the related pages from the Coach’s Manual so you can follow along then play the lessons.
(Watch the whole lesson or fast forward to see how lessons progress.)

Level 0, Lesson 2 from the beginning of the program
Click to download corresponding pages.
Level 4, Lesson 6 near the end of program
Click to download corresponding pages.