The Third Quest's

Parallel Universe

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

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Help your child improve their reading at home without being a reading specialist.

The Third Quest’s Parallel Universe Season 1 – Home Edition allows family members to work with their own children in a reading intervention that can be supported by adults who are not reading specialists. A 6-month video subscription, Coach’s Manual, and Student Logbook provide everything that is needed to move an adolescent struggling reader toward greater confidence and stronger reading skills.

It Works!

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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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Determine whether the program is a good fit for your child. (Download and print the screener here.) Time Required: 3 minutes
"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


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.

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Progress Monitoring
External Progress Monitoring
Internal Progress Monitoring

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

Join lead author Marilyn Sprick to learn how The Third Quest reading intervention helps students at Tiers 2 and 3.

The Third Quest Webinar – February 11, 1:00pm PT

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.