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Which Way to Anywhere

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Chaotic but fun intergalactic romp mends blended family.

Which Way to Anywhere book cover: Four kids ride on a skateboard with a full moon behind them; two kids look excited and two look frightened; a small robot with many tools for arms follows behind them

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This chaotic romp ramps up slowly and has a few too many oddball villains to keep track of, but pulls in reluctant readers with plenty of adventure. Plus, Which Way to Anywhere is generously illustrated by the author in expressive black-and-white drawings throughout. At the heart of the story is a blended family that's divided in many ways and full of secrets. Daniel Smith married into Freya O'Hero's magical family and doesn't know it, though his kids Theo and Mabel suspect. There's some obvious and humorous tells, and it's intergalactic mayhem only a magical family with unique gifts can conjure.

The kidnapping of toddler sibling Annipeck begins to bring the magical and nonmagical halves of the family together. The quest to save her starts late, in the second half of the book, but it's worth the wait. The alien world fascinates and the once-squabbling stepkids discover the power of teamwork as they face off with the too-many villains and some mean plants. More surprises await for this family that both test them and bring them closer together. This wild and satisfying first installment will leave readers wanting more.

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