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The story opens when India, Mouse, and Finn find out that they have less than 48 hours to pack up their things and go live with their Uncle Red.
The family have finally lost their house to foreclosure and while their Mom plans to stay to keep working the kids have to head to Colorado and Uncle Red. None of the kids want to leave, but there’s no choice. And so board the plane and leave behind home as they know it.
But when they arrive, they aren’t where they were supposed to land. They are in a mysterious place unlike anywhere they’ve ever imagined, let alone been. What’s strange gets even stranger, and the kids discover that the only way they’re going to get home is if they don’t give up on each other and use all their smarts to work together.
This book takes readers into a spiral of adventure. Only when they feel their time is running out do they come to the realisation that keeping their family together may decide their fate.
Gennifer Choldenko offers us another story about family, home, and sibling relationships, but this time with a fantastical twist.
Reviewed by Leigh
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