Monday, April 10, 2017

The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler

It's Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler.

The Story- 
Twelve-year old Nell lives in a town where mothers keep disappearing. She knows it is because of a scary purple cloud that is stealing women, but no one believes her. Things get bad when Nell's own mom is kidnapped by the cloud right in front of her. She discovers that her mom has been turned into a bird by witches, Dark Daughters, and that they will sacrifice the bird and many other moms in an attempt to awaken an ancient evil.

When her whole town is put under a spell, only Nell and her two brother's are left to rescue the mothers. They find help from Badger, a Fearless Traveler, who will guide them into the Dream lands and to the Wicked Places where they can attempt to save everyone.

But in the Dream lands, everything is different. People turn into animals, clowns kill people and Dream keepers control the environment. With the odds against them, Nell and her brother's will battle evil to save the day.

My Thoughts-
A different type of story that brings uniqueness and individuality to the field. I enjoyed this author's take on what happens when a person falls asleep. It is a bit scary, but well planned out and easy to read about. The setting is a world of nightmares and daydreams, and it reminded me a bit of The Witches by Dahl.

The character's are fun. You know Nell is unique right away, because she sees people's inner animals, or true characters, when she is awake. She is brave and determined and though she blames herself for her mother getting kidnapped, she does not give up hope. I loved her mother. We only see her as human in the beginning, but what she says about a mother never forgetting her child is poetic, and I clung to it through the entire story.

Full of adventure, quirky characters and evil minions, older middle grade readers will enjoy this story. 4 stars!


  1. Creepy looking cover should pull in readers. The story sounds like one I would enjoy with the lights on. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Teens who like dark and quirky novels will be drawn to this title. It sounds like an adventure. Made me think of the movie Hocus Pocus, which is probably tame to this story.

  3. Yes, creepy, but upper middle grade, though teens would like it too.

  4. Jarett loved this book. He read it in a couple of days.

  5. I just love the title! It captured me right away. I will definitely be checking this out. Thanks for the post.