It is the holidays and Hal’s Uncle Nat has asked him to come with him on the California Comet. A classic American train journey from Chicago to San Francisco.
As soon as Hal arrives at the great central station in Chicago, complete with a sketchbook, the adventures start to happen. He can’t sketch quick enough trying to get all the little details onto the page. He makes friends with Hadley, who wants to be a magician and her brother Mason, who loves to impersonate Hal’s English accent. But there is a special carriage attached to the train, with a very important person aboard and his daughter. Soon Hal and his new friends find themselves involved in a mysterious kidnap on board the train and Hal keeps sketching every little detail in the hope that his drawings will help solve the case.
The description of the journey, through all the sights and sounds of the different states and countryside, is brilliantly written and once again all the characters are very believable. I loved this adventure story that rattled along the train tracks at speed, and anything to do with train travel is always that bit special.
I was given this book by NetGalley for a frank and honest review, and I read it on a kindle. I will reread it in book form once it’s published to see Elisa Paganelli’s illustrations on the page.
For fans of Terry Pratchett, his daughter Rhianna has written an adventure for the Fighting Fantasy series.
Please support your local independent bookshops and order online via Hive. I have 5 affiliate links. Waterstones, Hive, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com (USA) & Indie Bound (USA). If you order anything at all through the links I earn a small amount towards the running of the childrensbooksequels.co.uk website. Thank you for your support. If you are an author and there are updates missing or worse, mistakes on your pages, please let me know. If you click on a series or picture, it will take you to the relevant page on childrensbooksequels.co.uk. So here’s the July list:
The sequel to The Umbrella Mouse, this continues the adventures of Pip Hanway, a little mouse on a big mission, to get to Italy during the Second World War. She is still with the Resistance group, Noah’s Arc but who can Pip trust? Not everyone is who they claim to be. A journey that takes the animals behind enemy lines, a tale of friendship and loss. A different view of the world at that time. A great story with wonderful characters.
Aleja lives in Seville in Spain. She wants adventure and freedom, but is bound by domestic chores at home. But that changes when she gets a chance to join the Ship of Shadows. A magical ship crewed by female pirates. There are secrets, magic rooms on board ship, and a large library but Aleja feels that she is not being told the real mission of the ship. She is invited to stay for one voyage to Africa as she is speaks different languages. All the crew have different talents, and classes are held on weapons training, using pistols and the right way to use a cutlass. Gradually Aleja is accepted by the crew and taken on an expedition across the Sahara desert with the chance to ride a camel and solve a mystery about a lost city. It is a great story with believable characters, friendships and following your dreams. It is full of drama, swashbuckling pirates and faraway places. Maria Kuzniar’s description of the high seas, mythical (or real?) monsters and the heat of the desert are wonderfully descriptive. I hope there are more tales of Aleja’s adventures on the horizon.
Order the book from Hive and collect from your local independent bookshop.Click here
Hi everyone, I’ve been through all the 1500+ authors on the website and checked their website links, so they should be ok now. I did find a few interesting links that had been hijacked by suspicious content. So here is a shorter list of updates and new series added to childrensbooksequels.co.uk for June 2020.Please support your local independent bookshops and order online via Hive. I have 5 affiliate links. Waterstones, Hive, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com (USA) & Indie Bound (USA). If you order anything at all through the links I earn a small amount towards the running of the childrensbooksequels.co.uk website. Thank you for your support. If you are an author and there are updates missing or worse, mistakes on your pages, please let me know. If you click on a series or picture, it will take you to the relevant page on childrensbooksequels.co.uk. So here are the lists: