Welcome to Year 5!
The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L D Lapinski
I promised you a review Year 5. So here it is.
I LOVED this book! It took a me a while to get into it. The first few chapters had me wondering where the author was going with the story but I stuck with it and so should you. Once the story took off, I just couldn't put it down! I told Miss Harwood about it and now she's reading it too!
The story is about a girl called Flick who moves with her family to a new town where she knows nobody. Her home life is extremely hard and her life is very dull until she meets the owner of the Strangeworlds Travel Agency. She forms an unexpected friendship with him and they go off in search of his father. (this reminded me of Matteo and Sophie in Rooftoppers) The travelling is done via suitcases (think Narnia or Harry Potter) and the lands they visit are extraordinary with some extremely unusual characters (Alice in Wonderlandish). I won't tell you how it ends but it left me thinking 'She has to write a sequel because I HAVE to know what happens next'. And, guess what, I've looked on Amazon and she is doing exactly that. April 2021 'The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: The Edge of the Ocean' is coming. I can't wait!
Meanwhile, my next order from Amazon is these two books.
The first one is 'Who killed Darius Drake?' by Rodman Philbrick which had this as the 'blurb'.
Whatever you've heard about Darius Drake... it's wrong.
Some of the stories are lies, some are mistakes, and the rest were invented by Darius to fool his enemies.
And I do mean ENEMIES. Not school bullies or mean kids. I'm talking about real, grown-up enemies who would stop at nothing to find the legendary Dunbar diamonds before Darius and I did.
So whatever you've heard - forget it. Because THIS is what really happened.
As you know, Year 5, I do love a good murder mystery which is why I picked this one.
The second one is 'Waiting for Anya' by Michael Morpurgo because I know he's an amazing author and this is a recent one I haven't read. Plus it's about a period of history that interests me. This is it's 'blurb'.
It is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives.
Keep reading, Year 5.
Good morning Year 5.
Look what arrived at my house yesterday. I liked the sound of this book so much I decided to treat myself. Can't wait to start reading it! I'll review the book for you when I've finished it.
Hello Year 5. I have missed seeing you all and hearing about all the things you get up to. I hope you are all well and making the most of your learning at home. One of the things I have really enjoyed (with the extra time I now find myself with) is catching up on my reading. There really is nothing like losing yourself in a really good book. So I thought I'd spend a little time finding you some recommended reading. I haven't read all of them but, if you're stuck for ideas, it is a good place to start. I have to admit that the following new book recommended by the Booktrust caught my eye as something interesting to read. But if it's not your cup of tea, that's ok - take a look at other books on the list.
The Strangeworlds Travel Agency Author: L D Lapinski Publisher: Orion
Flick isn’t at all impressed when her family moves to a rural village but, whilst exploring her new surroundings, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to a strange, dusty old shop.
What she finds inside is even stranger; racks and racks of suitcases and an odd young man who seems to carry the troubles of the world on his shoulders but has a peculiar talent for magic tricks. And when Flick takes a look at the world outside through an unusual piece of glass, she discovers that he’s not the only one with hidden abilities. So begins her adventure with Jonathan Mercator and the Strangeworlds travel agency where, to find the most amazing worlds you could ever dream of, you just have to step into a suitcase.
Original, thrilling and magical, the first in a series of fantasy stories featuring the Strangeworlds travel agency opens the door, or rather the suitcase, to wildly imaginative lands and curious characters, not all of whom are friendly. Flick's adventure has moments of real jeopardy, as she embarks on a quest not only to rescue someone who has been lost, but to save the very fabric of our world.