- Action Adventures - chills, thrills and plenty of spills
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Are you ready to join Abi Elphinstone on a brand NEW adventure? A whole world is waiting to be discovered in the Unmapped Chronicles...
Lovely adventure story that really develops characters well. You want the main characters to succeed, which is always a sign of a good book.
I don't normally enjoy novels set in fantasy worlds so this was a step outside my comfort zone. Essentially this is a heart-warming tale of an unlikely friendship forged between two individuals - Casper and Utterly Thankless along with the nervous dragon, Arlo, who lack confidence and find it hard to get on with others. Over the course of the story we see their loyalty to each other flourish and they develop levels of bravery that they would never have thought themselves capable of. However, I found the setting (s), kingdoms and fantastic creatures difficult to imagine and slightly confusing and often had to consult the map at the beginning of the book. I would recommend this, it is imaginative, well-written and fast-paced. However , if fantasy worlds are not your cup of tea you might struggle slightly but don't give up as it's worth getting to the end.
I read this cracking adventure story to my 9 year old son. The main character, Casper, has a fantastic redemption story arc. We both loved the way he found his bravery and learnt new ways to deal with hard situations. This is the first book we’ve read where the protagonist is a person of colour. This helped us to have discussions about racism and bullying. I’d recommend it for children in yr5-7, we’re lookig forward to the next instalment
This book reminds me of ‘The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe’ with the magical portal to another world, which in this case is the old grandfather clock. The main character finds it hard to fit in at school and is bullied by a couple of children at school, so he often hides from them. He likes to be in control and organised - he always has a plan! But he learns to be brave and learns that you can’t have a plan for everything, especially when he ends up in the magical kingdom call Rumblestar and meets a bossy, misunderstood girl and her pet dragon.