Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Way to Impossible Island by Sophie Kirtley

Two worlds collide in this heartfelt, inspiring story of owning who you are and asserting that “normal is not the way”. Questions of “What is normal?” and “Who is actually normal?” weave their way through the pages as Dara and Mothgirl help each other to love themselves and what the future holds.

It is wonderful to meet Dara again – Charlie’s little baby from The Wild Way Home. Now 12 years old, we find out more about Dara’s heart condition and the challenges he has had to face because of it. Charlie has clearly been a caring older sibling, reading stories and cheering Dara on.

Life isn’t easy for Dara. Waiting for the “Big Op” means taking life slowly, feeling ill and not being able to do the things he wants to do. His dream of visiting Lathrin Island and searching for the legendary Golden Hare is slipping away because he’s forced to be sensible and avoid all the things his parents say are “not a good idea.”

Good idea or not, Dara decides to take his life into his own hands and sneaks out to row across to the island. There he meets Mothgirl who seems to be from the Stone Age. She has her own challenges with a father who’s ill, a brother who has gone missing and an expectation to become someone she doesn’t want to be.

Despite coming from completely different times and experiences, Dara and Mothgirl understand each other. What follows is an exciting story of adventure and survival. As they face danger together, they realise that they are capable of far more than they ever imagined.

Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing for this action-packed, powerful story!

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