Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson

Quinn Sosna-Spear, has crafted a tale of an unforgettable boy doing marvelous things in The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson.  My first impression was of a style similar to Roald Dahl as in James and Giant Peach but as I got deeper into the book, I felt I'd fallen into a version of Alice in Wonderland. The book twists and turns as each chapter becomes a door into new worlds and quirky characters.

Walter, along with his neighbor, Cordelia, are on a mission to find the great Flasterborn--renowned inventor and ruler of Flaster Isle. Walter dreams of becoming an apprentice inventor and Cordelia is hoping to find the key to a secret she has carefully guarded. Walter's mother Hadorah has spent her whole life trying to keep her son from falling under Flasterborn's spell. Now she must return to the place she had hoped to never see again, to save her son from dangers he knows nothing about.

It has been awhile since I read a book with so much originality and pure imagination within its pages. A bit of magic, angst over dreams and disappointments in life, and a dash of danger and adventure all add up to create a marvelously fresh tale for readers in upper elementary or middle grades. It's hard to find titles that aren't full of language and edgy content.  I loved this title tackles questions adolescents may face about fitting in, learning about their past, and how to carry on when life deals you an unfair hand.

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Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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