The Book Jumper

Glaser, M. (2017). The Book Jumper. NY: Feiwel & Friends.

This is one you’ve got to read if you’re a bibliophile and you liked the concept of Inkheart. In The Book Jumper, Amy Lennox and her mother pick up and travel from 29102939-2Germany to her grandmother’s house on the Scottish island of Stormsay. She’s not looking forward to it, and upon arrival her grandmother already has one rule in place – she must read. Except Amy discovers she has the power to jump into books and interact with the characters! In fact, she discovers her family shares this skill and they are also keepers of an antiquated library. Amy quickly learns that a book jumper’s duty is to insure important ideas aren’t stolen from books; indeed, there is a book thief on the prowl. She meets another book jumper, Will, and together they travel from world to world, meeting famous characters and fighting to save crucial ideas before the books themselves are lost forever.

Incredibly crafted and plot-driven, this story is unique enough to keep you happy. I especially found myself wrapped up in the Gothic island setting.

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The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

img_7297Fox, J. (2016). The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. New York: Viking.

When I was reading this book I couldn’t keep my eyes off it, to the point where I was so immersed, everything else was ignored. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle is an enchanting mystery of a young girl and her siblings when they were sent off to an eerie Scottish boarding school during World War II in order to avoid the London Blitz. Soon they hear stories that the castle is haunted, and while the main character, Kat, begins to realize something very strange is happening in Rookskill Castle – ghosts, mechanical screeches, Continue reading