Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.
To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum…until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other—and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined. @goodreads
I totally loved this middle grade book! I didn't even realize it was a mystical book and I read the blurb before I read it awhile back! My brain!
We have dragons that burn down the T.J. Maxx on their way migrating. We have sasquatch, witches, giants, trolls, fairies, unicorns, pegasus, mermaids, kraken, witches, ghosts and everything else I can't think of!
Not all of these creatures make a big appearance in the book but a few of them do.
This book is written in diary form from Gracie and it's totally awesome! Gracie's little brother Sam is sick and a cloud is coming to take him away. Yeah, you get taken by clouds when it's your time. But Gracie's parents are not ready for that and they decide go in a Winnebago across country to try to get to the Extraordinary World. So, Gracie, her sister, Millie, her mom, dad and a boy from her class named Oliver, set off on this adventure. (Read the book to find out about Oliver)
They make their way to the Smokey Mountains to stay a few days with their dad's mom who is a witch. She is so cool and she has ghosts that hang out in her back yard even though it's against the law. But whatever!
The family end up back on the road once they get the directions from grandma ma to the Extraordinary World. Now only a few people in the world believe of this place. Most people laugh at Gracie's dad because he believes in it. I mean Magellan found out the world was flat and and stuff and he disappeared and that's all I'm saying about that.
Along the way the family ends up with a Sasquatch in their pull along camper. Oliver names her Daisy, she ends up with them for a good bit because they are afraid to let her out and get eaten. Until later . . .
They get help from some pegasus, an angel named Virgil, and some other peeps along the way. They also find a man who has these extraordinary beasts in a lookie loo along the way. Lets just say at one point they are all set free.
They find a pirate that takes them to the end of the world and do they find the Extraordinary World? Well, I know that's for me to know and you to read the book and find out!
I loved this book so much, the characters were awesome. The creatures were awesome,even though some didn't play a large part like I said but still. The sadness of what happened and the idea of a family sticking together to try to stay a family.
I would recommend this to anyone that likes middle grade books and the creature feature!
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