The Great Brain Robbery

Train to Impossible Places, #2

Written by P.G. Bell, Illustrated by Matt Sharack

When I first saw this book I assumed it was connected to the Great Brain Series. Not so! This story has quite a bit different “Great Brain” in it than the one John Fitzgerald created!

This is a sequel to The Train to Impossible Places, and after reading the second book, I think I would have enjoyed it better after reading the first book. It was okay without the first book’s introduction, but there were a lot of new things to figure out.

This fantasy book is unique in that Suzy, an eleven year old human, is needed to deliver mail in a land of trolls and magical trains. We encounter many kinds of new characters on this journey including the Great Brain.

I think this could be enticing for 3rd-5th grade students if they had the first book, which received a starred review from Kirkus. I will look into getting the first one for our library.

Reviewed by Merri Rygg, Media Clerk, Harry S. Truman Elementary
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-5

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The Great Brain Robbery
Written by P.G. Bell, Illustrated by Matt Sharack
Feiwel & Friends
375 pages
Release Date: October 10, 2019
ISBN: 9781250190055
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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