By: Ryan Graudin and Amie Kaufman
Genre: YFC - Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: 3 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781460757628


Discover a magical world where lost things are found... Whenever cousins Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were the stuff of family legend. This summer, with the whole family reuniting for one last vacation at Nana's home, the cousins are in for a legendary trip of their own.

Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse - then accidentally slip into another world... The World Between Blinks is a magical place, where all kinds of lost things (and people!) end up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history - plus a few they thought were only myths. But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol's journey home doesn't want to be found... and if the cousins don't catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world forever.

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Our story begins when cousins Marisol and Jake meet at their adventurous Nana’s beach house to clear out her things after she has died.
The cousins follow a map that their Nana has written in a quest to find treasure. And what treasure they find!

In the blink of an eye they are transported to a magical world of lost things. Think Atlantis, dinosaurs, the Loch Ness Monster and many others…

Marisol treasures her memories and has a special ability of being able to find lost things. Whereas Jake, whose family are constantly moving, has learnt not to hold on to things.

Together they learn that memories can be both good and bad, but it is our life’s work to make and treasure them.

In this mysterious world Marisol and Jake are assisted in their attempt to return home by Amelia Earhart and Oz, their trusty Thylacine. With guest appearances by Harold Holt and Friedrich Leichhardt as well, this mystery world has quite an Australian feel to it.

Although the book is accessible to confident readers as young as 9, it will resonate with reluctant readers in the lower secondary levels as well.

Reviewed by Rob