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The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: Book 1 Paperback – 30 April 2020
You'll love this entertaining, magical adventure ― The Week Junior
This thrilling debut by LD Lapinski is the perfect story to disappear into for a few days. -- Sarah Mallon ― The Scotsman
A fabulous fantastical adventure. -- Sarah Kingsford ― The Sunday Express
Young readers who love fast-paced storied with lots of adventure, imagination and magic will love this. -- Sarah Webb ― Irish Independent
This is an ideal escape for fans of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Lapinski's feats of world building will transport even the most stuck-at-home reader beyond their wildest dreams. -- Piers Torday ― The Guardian
Lapinski has not only created endless worlds made up of magic and colour, but characters made up of the same charm to fill them. -- Benjamin Dean ― goodhousekeeping.com
Pack your suitcase for a magical adventure! Perfect for fans of The Train to Impossible Places and Pages & Co.
At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside . . .
- Publisher : Orion Children's Books (30 April 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1510105948
- ISBN-13 : 978-1510105942
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 280 g
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
- Customer Reviews:
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My favourite aspect of this book was the contrast between Flick's very normal, British, working-class home life, which was really relatable, and the magical and fantastical worlds that she encounters through the Agency. It was refreshing to read a fantasy novel with such a relatable setting. The book still is very much a fantasy story, however, and each new world that Flick and Jonathan step into could contain endless possibilities, so I am looking forward to seeing what worlds future books bring! Every world the characters visited in this book was so richly described, and while some were only visited fleetingly, others were set up to be a setting for future adventures, with very detailed and thorough systems and peculiarities which will make them a lot of fun to revisit!
The characters are very likeable (even catty and sarcastic Jonathan who is a lot of fun to read!), and the development of Flick and Jonathan's friendship was really lovely. I'm looking forward to seeing how their interactions develop, and also to learning more about them both.
This first book in the series painted a good picture of the characters and the settings, as is necessary at the beginning of a series, but it didn't feel too heavy on description at the expense of story. This book had a very gripping plotline, which definitely kept me turning the pages, but also set up an extremely compelling larger arc that I suppose will keep us guessing for a few more books to come!
A thoroughly enjoyable book, with engaging characters, fantastically magical worlds and constant intrigue and adventure! Can't wait for book 2!
Imaginative, funny and engaging. It's great and would make a good film. I wish this book would become the next Harry Potter because it has the potential to be (many people would disagree but this is just my opinion). I now wish that I was a member of the agency so badly.
Thank you so much for that lovely book. Reading it as a long in the tooth geography Senior leader at our school who has a keen support of reading. Right from the off the description of the shop is so powerful and drags you in. Loved every minute of it.
Huge congratulations and I really do hope we see Flick and Jonathan again soon. Well done.
Definitely worth a punt. Buy this book.
A beautifully emotional, both heart breaking and hopeful story. It feels powerfully relevant and timely and reached out to me as a book –lover and as a parent.
A Kind of Spark is the story of Addie who, as an autistic young girl, has often felt taunted , misjudged and feared by others and has developed a fascination with the history of the witch trials in her village. Her passion and determination to get the village to admit and address the injustices done to those long forgotten women is powerful and passionate.
It is an exploration of the idea of being “ normal” and of the pain and exhaustion that those who feel they must mask their differences must go through on a daily basis. Addie, as she defends and honours the witches, opens up the reader’s eyes to her own experiences ( and those of her older sister) and demonstrates how today’s world can alienate and seem to shame those with austism .
Stunningly moving and sensitively written, it feels like a truly important book to be shared as well as an enthralling and thought provoking story to be savoured.