I read this book about 10 years ago I think. It was probably published in the 90s but quite possibly the 80s. The main plot as I remember involved a high school girl who falls for the new student. He reveals that he knows how to "move in a different direction" and visit higher order dimensions where you can only see certain sides of objects and creatures. There are monster type beings that they hide from. I think the girl accidentally travels by herself to the 5th or so dimension and he has to rescue her. I think it was hardback, maybe orange cover.


Sounds like The Boy Who Reversed Himself, by William Sleator.

From Wikipedia:

A high school girl named Laura grows suspicious when a report of hers appears in mirror writing, and Omar, the weird boy next door, makes it go back to normal. Furthermore, he seems to be parting his hair on a different side than usual. He first refuses to explain what's going on, but after she repeatedly coaxes him, he reveals that he has access to the fourth dimension, where he accidentally "reversed" himself. He eventually allows her to visit it under his supervision, but he warns her that it is extremely dangerous and that he is violating some agreement by letting her in on the secret. She tries to use her access to the higher dimension to impress Pete, a popular boy she wants to go to the school dance with, but after she seems to disappear into thin air and unlock a door from the other side, Pete realizes something funny is going on, and she feels pressured to show him the truth, without Omar's knowledge. When she brings Pete into four-space, they lose their way and end up as the captives of four-dimensional creatures. Unfortunately, she determines that escaping might threaten the very existence of her own world by making the powerful 4-D creatures aware of it. With Omar's help, she finds a safe way out and learns the truth about how he came to know about other dimensions.

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  • Could you flesh this out by adding details from this book that match the question's description? – user1027 Dec 15 '14 at 18:43
  • Looking at the Wikipedia entry, it does seem to match. – FuzzyBoots Dec 15 '14 at 19:24
  • That's the one, thanks so much! – Emory Dec 15 '14 at 23:23
  • Thank you for adding the wiki info @Sean, still learning the ropes here. – Radhil Dec 16 '14 at 1:23

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