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Posted May 9, 2014
This is an interesting read. It's a middle grade novel about a boy named Jasper. His parents leave him behind when they flee from the clutches of an evil Provisional Queen. He finds refuge on a small vessel called The Traveling Restaurant. With the help of the boat's Captain and Polly (the only other crew member), he goes in search of his lost family members while trying to elude the grasp of the Queen.
The book is well written and the plot is somewhat entertaining. There are bursts of excitement, usually when the Restaurant pulls into harbor, or when they meet another ship on the Old Ocean. Between these bursts, parts of the story tend to drag. The content is clean, and the characters are generally likable, yet elusive. Nobody answers questions—at least not honestly.
This book is for a specific type of reader. I can't decide if I liked it or not. If you have access to the book (like through your library), give it a shot. You may love it.