Wonderscape by @jenrosebell


When Arthur, Ren and Cecily investigate a mysterious explosion on their way to school, they find themselves trapped aboard The Principia – a scientific research ship sailing through hazardous waters, captained by one Isaac Newton.

Lost in the year 2473 in the Wonderscape, an epic in-reality adventure game, they must call on the help of some unlikely historical heroes, to play their way home before time runs out.

Jumanji meets Ready Player One in this fast-paced adventure featuring incredible real-life heroes, from the internationally bestselling author of The Uncommoners series.


It was early morning and Arthur was already running late for school when the gnomes exploded.



(@WalkerBooksUK, 4 June 2020, 352 pages, ebook, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @OverDriveLibs)




I’d never heard of the author before. I wanted to read the book because I loved the cover and the blurb made it sound right up my street. I had such fun reading this book. Wonderscape reminds me a lot of favourite books from my childhood such as the books of Roald Dahl and the Narnia books. There’s fantasy and mystery and a dash of everything else. There are a lot of puzzles in the book as the characters try to solve various riddles to unlock the next realm of the game. I loved the fact so many of the realms and characters in the game are inspired by real life historical figures and heroes. This was a nice touch. I had a lot of fun with this.

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