Sunday, February 25, 2018

Winter Reading 2018 The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Uncanny Express


The Bland Sisters are very...well...bland. They enjoy tepid tea, plain oatmeal, and watching grass grow. They live in the town of Dullsville. They darn socks to earn money. These are not daredevils by any means. And yet they have survived being kidnapped by pirates. So there may be more to them than meets the eye. When they receive a letter from their parents asking them to meet their aunt at the train station, they dutifully get to work straightening the house and even round up a wagon to help fetch the luggage. But they are swept aboard the train by a mysterious woman named Magique, who says they are her new magic act assistants. While they try to straighten out the case of mistaken identity, the train gets underway and then Magique vanishes! What are they supposed to do? With the help of Inspector Fromage, the girls begin questioning the other passengers and searching for clues. What they find is very surprising, almost as amazing as the train being trapped on the rails by a truck of marshmallow fluff. (Never heard of that happening before, have you?) 

Surrounded by strangers who all seem to be keeping secrets, far from home and their darning, will these two young ladies ever find out what happened to Magique - where there Aunt Shallot is - and manage to make their way back home again? 

For middle grade readers who enjoy mystery and adventure, the Bland Sisters offer a pair of protagonists that are comfortable and easy to identify with. I read an ARC provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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