Have you ever dreamt of travelling to another world? I certainly have, but 12-year-old Flick really hasn’t. She’s a no-nonsense kid who doesn’t need bedtime stories and knows magic isn’t real.
But when Flick discovers a strange travel agency while exploring her new town, everything changes.
Flick discovers she can see magical tears in the universe (or multiverse to be more accurate), and the Head Custodian of the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, 18-year-old Jonathan Mercator, invites her to join the Strangeworlds Society.
As strange as it sounds, this means jumping in and out of suitcases to travel to other worlds — fantastical, magical, enthralling worlds where you must be careful not to tell fairies your true name and being a thief is an actual profession.
But amongst the fun and curiosities of the multiverse, a threat is looming. Streets are disappearing, outposts have been ransacked and something has happened to Jonathan’s father.
Flick wasn’t even sure she was ready to accept the existence of other worlds, how can she be ready to face dangers she doesn’t even understand? But face them she must, or she may never make it home again and her home may not even be there when she does.
The Strangeworlds Travel Agency is a magical middle grade novel for other world adventurers. Truly stunning and uber engaging, this story pulls you into a suitcase and makes you never want to return.
Mysteries throughout keep you guessing until the end, and twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat. If you love a fantastical adventure, you must check this one out.
Title: The Strangeworlds Travel Agency
Author: L D Lapinski
Publisher: Hachette, $16.99
Publication Date: 28 April 2020
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior Fiction, Middle Fiction