Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Casper Tock and the Everdark Wings by Abi Elphinstone - ESSENTIAL

Casper Tock and the Everdark Wings (The Unmapped Chronicles) by Abi Elphinstone, 373 pages. Aladdin (Simon and Schuster), 2019. $18.

Language: G (0 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (peril, magical creatures at war)



11yo Casper Tock likes his lists. It's comforting to know that he has everything planned out - helps him avoid the bullies. But when his plans change, Casper finds himself hiding in a clock, which, like the wardrobe in Narnia, is a portal to Rumblestar, a magical world in the sky - where all the weather is created. But something is amiss in Rumblestar, when Casper is discovered by the brave girl Utterly Thankless (and her dragon friend Arlo), he is mistaken for a criminal, throwing Casper into an adventure and a fight to save the world - both the Unmapped world, and his home - called the Faraway.

More than just a Fantasy/Adventure - Casper Tock's story is also about friendship and how can  change people. It's about facing your fears and being brave even when you are scared. Elphinstone's series was a great fantasy - the world building was just right, I loved all the different magical people, their unique voices, their funny names. The page count isn't as daunting as it looks - the print isn't small. I'm excited to recommend Casper Tock to my middle school fantasy lovers.

Lisa Librarian

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