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.
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.
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!