P. G. Bell creates a world full of trolls who run the Impossible Postal Express, talking underwater ghosts, a frog trapped in a snow globe and many more! Suzy is human from Earth who is passionate about physics, but her mind can’t quite understand what is happening as the Impossible Postal Express is inside her house! It’s explained to her as “simple fuzzics.” “Fuzzics. Like physics, only fuzzier.”
I loved how Suzy’s curiosity overcame her fear --- there was no way she was going to have her mind reset --- she just wanted the world to make sense again. So instead of taking the easy way out, Suzy jumps onto the train and finds more than she bargains for. This is a mindset that we talk a lot about in school - try something and see what happens. If it doesn’t work, try it again a different way. The design process is also evident in the amazing creations that the trolls make. When something breaks, the trolls do “what trolls always do”. “Taking what they have and making something with it.” I can imagine some fun creating as students read this book!
Students in grades 3-6 will enjoy this one! Find it at your local library, your independent bookseller or from Amazon.
Visit the other stops on The Blog Tour to Impossible Places September 17 - 27.
Post Master (Conductor) - Cindy Minnich on the Nerdy Book Club blog
Engine Room - Maria Selke on Maria's Melange
Mail Room - Cynthia Alaniz on Librarian in Cute Shoes blog
Antique Goods Coach - Jenny Lussier
Caboose - Alyson Beecher on Kid Lit Frenzy blog
The review copy of The Train to Impossible Places was kindly sent by the publisher, MacMillan Children’s. I received no compensation for this review.