Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

This is quite an adventure.  Kate's birthday is coming soon, so she writes to her rich uncle and asks him for a present.  She sure never expected what she got...

Little Brown sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

He takes her out in the backyard and shows her his gift.  It's a full sized steam train.  She and her brother thinks it's cool, but Mom and Dad don't.  Kate and her brother are going to have the biggest adventure of their life!

They sneak out and play on the train and it comes alive.  They find themselves stopping in stations and picking up a variety of animals, all of which have tickets for the train.  They had added cars to the train and they need them.  The animals can talk to them and as they go on they begin to realize they are taking them home.

They run out of coal and have to use wood.  The train goes everywhere, even through the sea.   It even plays in the clouds for a bit.  The engine types them messages.  They have many challenges to meet but they do it.

When they go back home they find that not much time has passed and their parents didn't miss them.  Phew!

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Claret and Present Danger by Sarah Fox

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