Third Quest Parallel Universe,

The Third Quest’s Parallel Universe, Season 1 HOME EDITION is a reading tutorial for struggling adolescent (5th through 12th grade) or adult readers who haven’t mastered reading well enough to access sophisticated text with confidence. Tutors do not need to be reading specialists. Lessons are delivered via video but “coached” by a supportive parent, grandparent, volunteer, or tutor.


Forty-one lesson videos guide the student and coach as they systematically build a strong foundation for reading well. Lessons include Word Study exercises, vocabulary tasks, narrative and informational passage reading, and comprehension building. Results are palpable.


The Home Edition includes a Coach’s Guide and Student Logbook—everything a coach needs to teach The Third Quest’s Parallel Universe, Season 1—plus a 6-month subscription and access to the 41 video lessons. A School Edition that supports multiple coaches is also available.


Before purchase, administer a brief reading screener (see Screener tab below) to ensure the program will be of benefit to your student.


For Grades:
  • Marilyn Sprick
  • McKenzie Meline
  • Barb Robillard
  • Ann Watanabe
Area of Focus:



Middle and High School Struggling Readers (grades 5 through 12) and adults

  • General education intervention students
  • Special education students
  • Students with dyslexia

Entry Level: 60 to 130 wcpm on sixth-grade passage; approximately a 3rd to 5th grade reading level. Use the Parallel Universe Screener to see if your student or students would benefit from the program.

What do  parents and colleagues say?

“My child  finished today’s lesson with a smile on her face rather than tears, which is what tends to happen when we practice reading.  Thank you!”
–Parent, California

“My student seems so much more confident in class or reading in front of others. Her MAPS scores have jumped up.”
—Coach, Nebraska

“It is an easy program to follow. I would recommend it to other parents.”
–Parent, Hawaii

  • Marilyn Sprick

    Marilyn Sprick has been a general education teacher, special education teacher, and Title I learning specialist. As an educational consultant, Marilyn has provided training in literacy, curriculum adaptation, and collaborative instruction for thousands of teachers throughout the United States and Canada. Marilyn’s focus is on scaffolding and differentiating curriculum, explicit instruction, motivating students, and diagnostic prescriptive teaching. She is well respected for her ability to inspire teachers and translate research into classroom practice. As a literacy expert, Marilyn is the lead author of Read Well K-2 (a scientifically based early reading program) and The Third Quest—a reading intervention for adolescent struggling readers. Marilyn is also author of “Preintervention 2: Assessing and Adjusting Academic Support” in Early-Stage Interventions and a coauthor of Meaningful Work; The Tough Kid On-Task in a Box, part of the Tough Kid series; SMART Kids, a social skills curriculum for grades K-1; and First Step NEXT, a Tier 2 behavioral intervention for young children. Sign up here to subscribe to Marilyn Sprick's Newsletter for Literacy Nerds.

  • McKenzie Meline

    McKenzie Meline received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Oregon, where she focused on teacher preparation, academic instruction for English learners, and education policy. She holds a multiple-subject teaching credential, a special education teaching credential, and an administrative license. She applied her training to her time working abroad as a learning support coordinator in South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. At these schools, she was responsible for establishing special education programs that used the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework and trained teachers on using inclusive practices to support students with special needs in their classroom. Now she is passionate about developing reading intervention programs that target discouraged, struggling adolescent readers at the Tier 2 and 3 levels. She enjoys working with teachers implementing these programs and hearing about their success in transforming their students into competent and confident readers.

  • Barb Robillard

    Barb Robillard is a career educator with a passion for teaching all students to read well. For 30 years, Barb taught in general education classrooms and worked as an intervention teacher. As a consultant in Closing the Achievement Gap and Read to Achieve, as a Reading First Coach, and now as an intervention specialist with Ancora Publishing, Barb provides support to staff members who wish to give students and families the tools they need to help every child succeed. Barb’s success with intervention students provides a special connection with other educators who love teaching and helping students move forward with confidence and enthusiasm.

  • Ann Watanabe

    Ann Watanabe is an author of Read Well 2, Read Well 2 Fluency Foundations, Read Well 1 Composition, and The Third Quest. She has worked in education as a teacher in special and general education. She has been a resource teacher, reading coach, literacy consultant, and adult education teacher. For more than 35 years, Ann has dedicated her career to helping students of all ages become literate and self-confident. Throughout the state of Hawaii, Ann is known for her work in early reading instruction and instructional delivery—providing professional development for thousands of teachers. She has worked on multiple school improvement initiatives and is the coauthor of the Hawaii State Literacy Tutor Training Program. Ann has presented at district, state, and national conferences and is the recipient of a national Excellence in Education Staff Development award. She coauthored the K–2 CCSS (Common Core State Standards) reading assessments for the state of Hawaii. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood. As an educational consultant, Ann continues to provide consultation and training in beginning reading, explicit and instruction, Read Well, and a range of supplemental and intervention reading programs.

Use the screener video and pretest to determine if the Third Quest's Parallel Universe Season 1 is a right fit for a student.
First download the Screener Pre-test here and use video below.