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This is a humorous, spectacular book by the most talented,PG Bell. It begins with this curious, intelligent girl called Suzy Smith who has a great passion in physics. Oddly, one day a huge train (The Impossible Postal Express, which is ran by Trolls) was right in the middle of the living room. Suzy then jumps on board and discovers herself as the new recruit! On the way Suzy witnesses unimaginative realms which were higher than anything. She was now part of the mission, which is delivering secret parcels to the most Impossible Places ever seen. Suddenly, Suzy realises she’s a long way from home... Suzy then finds that the fate of The amazing Impossible Places are now in her hands! This is a very humorous book along with a lot of action and also is very adventurous. The Impossible Places are well described and what is really clever about this book is, it’s always keeping you thinking. The main character Suzy is quite brave because she’s ready to do anything! Also this book has unexpected twists such as in a blink of an eye Suzy was left with a decision to make which could not be wrong... This book really stood out for me and I would recommend this book to young and old people to hop along on Suzy’s amazing adventurous journey!
I read this to my 7year old son and we both really enjoyed it. It is written for older children and I found some of the language a bit complicated in places but still a thrilling read. We had to have little explanations along the way to make sure he understood all elements. But even though a little young, he found it exciting and we enjoyed talking about the characters. Would recommend.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe impossible temporary post girl
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2019
A work of fantasy fiction for younger readers. Ideal age would probably be seven and up. It is the kind of thing that might work as reading to them as a bedtime story as well.
It runs for three hundred and forty six pages, and is divided into thirty four chapters.
The print is quite large, and there are some good illustrations with it as well.
This is the story of Suzy Smith. A bright girl who is very good at maths at physics. Who one night, just happens to a magical train. Which delivers letters to the various places in the union of impossible places. She manages to get on board, and to get to work alongside a troll who delivers the post.
But her first port of call leads her to a threat that could ruin all the places, and only she can stop it....
Like all good children's fiction, this is written and printed in a way that is going to easy to read. And it's very nicely written as well, making Suzy an appealing lead from the off.
The worlds and characters she encounters are presented in a tone that is nice and light. You wouldn't really call it humorous, although there are some good little bits of that.
What makes it work is the plotting. it could just have been an episodic journey, but there is some very good plotting here, as what she encounters is something she has to deal with via a lot of trust issues, and moral lessons result. There are some moments of very mild jeopardy, which are exciting enough to keep you hooked, and it does keep twisting and turning to the very end as well before all is finally revealed.
A nice bit of writing. Which ends with the promise of more to come. On the basis of this, that should be worth a look.
When Suzy creeps downstairs one night she is somewhat surprised to find a train roaring through her house. But this is no ordinary train, this is the magical delivery express for the Union of Impossible Places. Sneakily joining the postal service she finds herself delivering a package to the Lady Crepuscula but when the package begs not to be delivered, Suzy finds herself at the start of a scary, exhilarating adventure with the fate of the worlds in her hands.
I sometimes read reviews and wonder if I've read the same book. My daughter and I did not find this immediately engaging, if anything we found it had a bit of a slow start and difficult to get into. However, if you find yourself thinking the same thing, I would urge you to stick with it - at least until p. 68 and the spreading shadow because that was where we started to wonder what was going to happen next.
Once Suzy joins the delivery service and visits the Lady Crepuscula you are in for a rollicking read. If you like to read to your children and do the voices of the different characters you will have lots to work with here. It's scary and exciting and it has people shouting "Run!" - what more could you ask from a fantasy book? All the characters are well written, and the plot slowly pulls you in, it gradually becomes a book that you don't want to put down.
Suzy is an engaging heroine, she makes mistakes, does the wrong thing for the right reasons but she stands up for what she believes in when it counts. Definitely a book that will be re-read.
Overall - It's a great first book in a new series and we're interested to see what Suzy gets up to next.
This is a magical junior fiction adventure story by P. G. Bell, telling of Suzy Smith, who one day encounters a railway track and a steam train right in her very own house. Suzy immediately becomes involved in adventure on the Impossible Postal Express and helps them deliver secret packages. This is an entertaining and inventively written story that will keep young readers engaged and intrigued. She is an endearing, brave, curious and fun heroine, and I liked that she is very interested in physics. This novel is beautifully illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino, her illustrations have a lovely, fun and happy style, and the hardback edition has a gorgeous dust jacket, underneath which is one of the most wonderfully decorated books I think I've ever seen.
The physics exploration appealed to me as a physics teacher I loved the references to Newton and Einstein. Fuzzics was amusing. Character growth, fast paced plot and settings with a twist made a interesting read