The Lost Compass

The Lost CompassThe Fog Diver, #2

Written by Joel Ross


I’ve been looking forward to this book, The Lost Compass, ever since I read The Fog Diver. I absolutely love this dystopian pirate fantasy adventure story for pre-teen readers. This is high adventure, with plenty of suspense and nail-biting action, and just a small touch of romance. The characters are vivid and well written. From the noble Mrs. E to the fog-eyed hero Chess, to the sinister Kodoc, and all the other wonderful characters, they come alive on the page. The setting, the Earth covered in a poisonous to humans fog, with people living above it on suspended docks and rafts, is equally well created and described. The dialogue is superb and hilarious at times. I often laughed out loud. The misinterpretations of pop-culture references throughout the text are just so funny. And there are many, such as “Captive’s Log, Start 8…,” Amazons are warrior women who sold books, and “row, row, row your boat, sitting in a tree….” They just add to the story. If you are looking for a fast-paced, can’t put down, character and story-rich book, that also has humor, The Lost Compass is for you. I think this book is even better than the first, but I do recommend reading the first, The Fog Diver, since this sequel picks up right where the first left off. I highly recommend these books.

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

The Fog Diver, #2
The Lost Compass
Written by Joel Ross
Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
343 pages
Release Date: 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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