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The World Between Blinks

(The World Between Blinks #1)

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Have you ever blinked, and thought you saw something that was gone a moment later? Have you ever turned to pick up an item, only to find it wasn't where you left it?

Jake and Marisol are cousins. Jake's great at leaving things behind - his mum's a diplomat, and he never settles anywhere for long. His latest friends and new favourite places are lost with depressing regularit
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Quill Tree Books
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Ryan Graudin As a middle grade book it is aimed at 8-12 year old readers, but Amie and I believe that discerning adults will enjoy THE WORLD BETWEEN BLINKS as well…moreAs a middle grade book it is aimed at 8-12 year old readers, but Amie and I believe that discerning adults will enjoy THE WORLD BETWEEN BLINKS as well!(less)

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Abigail
Oct 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
I will read anything this woman writes.
Amaris (amarisafloria)
How the heck did I miss that Ryan Graudin and Amie Kaufman are writing a book together??? I'M READY FOR IT OMG. ...more
Cassandra
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cousins Jake and Marisol are helping to clean out the house of their recently deceased grandmother. Neither want the house sold as it holds so many memories, but it is not up to them. Their grandmother was always on adventures and she would share the stories with the family. This life of adventure was passed down to Jake and Marisol. They decide to take one more adventure when they find a map left by their grandmothers. This leads them to an almost lost lighthouse which in-turn leads them to the ...more
Mary Catelli
Cousins Marisol and Jake are at the packing up of their grandmother's house before the sale when they decide to boat out to a lighthouse, following a map they found. They lose the boat, they find a key, they use the key, and they find themselves -- in another world.

A world of lost things.

Christopher Creaturo explains that he and his fellow Curators could get them out, but there's a lot of red tape, and if they steal a ledger for him, he can make sure it's done irregularly but in time to get them
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Caryn - iam.caryn
The concept for this story is so clever and imaginative. It’s basically a history buff’s dream come true, while at the same time, middle grade readers can easily get lost in the World and will have fun imagining themselves within the pages.

While the story is a fun little adventure, it also hits an emotional punch with the cousins dealing with the grief of losing their grandmother. Kaufman and Graudin dealt with the subject matter well.

*Disclaimer* I received an eARC from Harper Collins on Edelw
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Bookish Selkie
The World Between Blinks was so clever and fun! Such a fantastic book and definitely one I will be recommending to students or anyone looking for a well-told story. Pitched for 8-12 year olds, discerning adults will also enjoy (and I certainly did!). So much detailed historical research is included; I learned a lot and appreciated how seamlessly everything was woven together. If you’re worried you missed anything, you can check out the glossary at the back which explains any historical reference ...more
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
3.5/5 Stars

** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss Plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!**

This was a fun and interesting concept. I really enjoyed that family was a major aspect of this book. I found that with this particular middle grade, I had to suspend my disbelief and just accept the way things worked in the world between. I did really enjoy that we had some history and all of these lost things in the world between. I loved the entire portion about memo
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Laura ☾
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars

The World Between Blinks was an absolutely adorable, cute journey through the titular world, where all the things which have been lost end up, which is sometimes visible from our world between blinks.

Marisol and her cousin Jake accidentally (or is it an accident?) end up pulled into this World, and have to try to find their way home. Along the way, they meet many historical figures and places which no longer exist in our world, to try to solve the mystery of how they got there and how
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Nova Syzygy
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
I need this.

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Ms. Yingling
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus
Andy
Jan 23, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Thank you to Harper Collins & HarperKids for sending me a finishing copy in exchange for an honest review and promotion. All opinions are my own.
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For Magic Tree House fans that have outgrown that reading level. 9-12 year olds.
Carina Olsen
I had to read this gorgeous looking story. As I adore both these lovely authors and their books. I felt certain that this book would be for me. As it sounded so special and fun. And it was for me, I just sadly did not love it as much as I had hoped I would. And so I have to give this three stars. Not perfect, but still so very good.

I will try not to write such a long review of this book, just going to share a few of my thoughts about it. I will begin with the writing. Which was pretty much perfe
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Brittany
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Sometimes you hold on to things.
Sometimes you lose them.
And sometimes, just sometimes, you had to let go of something so you could find it again.

Starting this review off by saying I'm not exactly the target audience for this book, and I realize that! It's been a while since I've mentioned that in the review for a middle grade book, but this is also the first one I've read in quite a while that read... on the younger side, if that makes sense? I love reading middle grade books. I have cousin
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Sonya
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the fun little adventure. Maribel and Jake are cousins visiting their Nana's house after her passing. As they each deal with her passing and their families work at packing her belongings, Nana has one last adventure for the two. I loved the idea of the treasure map left behind for them to find. In a way it felt as if it was their last connection to the grandmother they both cherished and adored.

Their adventure leads them to a lighthouse and the World Between Blinks. The two mee
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Magdalena
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The following review is from my personal blog:

In this series opener, cousins Marisol and Jake are helping their families pack up their recently-deceased grandmother’s personal belongings when they come across what seems to be a treasure map. Marisol has a knack for finding things, so she persuades Jake to take her treasure-hunting. But on their expedition, the kids suddenly get pulled into the World Between Blinks, a magical place where people, places, and things go when they disappear from the
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Zoe L.
Isn’t this book just so cute?! And then add in these amazing authors and I knew before even picking it up I was in for a treat. But let me tell you, the story doesn’t disappoint either. I always find that I either really appreciate middle grade books or I’ve just gotten far too old to get into it. And this was one of those that anyone of any age can pick up and fall in love with. It’s just so cleverly written and a wonderful story.

There’s just so much to unpack with this story because there’s so
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jess  (bibliophilicjester)
3.5 stars!! i won this in a goodreads giveaway, and was really way too excited about that lol. it comes out january 5th, so it's not like i read it SUPER early and will be tortured with the wait for the sequel. the story in here is definitely wrapped up (no cliffhangers or anything), but i'd love to return to the world between blinks!! it's so fascinating.

i think the best part of this for me was how basically any question i thought of was already answered in text. underwater city? wear this cha
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Kate McAllan
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marisol and Jake’s beloved grandmother has recently died. The cousins are supposed to be helping to pack up her rambling seaside house—jammed with warm and wonderful memories—so it can be sold. Instead, coming across one of Nana’s special maps, they set out to see what lies at the place she has marked. They end up in the strange World Between Blinks and are soon embroiled in a crime that could cost them everything.

There are many satisfying things about this story. For one, the juxtaposition of p
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Julie
With thanks to NetGalley and Quill Tree Books for an early copy in return for an honest review.

The World Between Blinks is filled with everything presumed lost or missing from our world...like Atlantis, Amelia Earhart, the Loch Ness Monster, etc. A clever premise for the setting of a fantasy book...real people, places and things that have gone missing or are quasi-mythical. During one last summer trip to their Nana's house, Jake and Marisol decide to embark on an adventure. They decide to follow
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Greg Schneider
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for my 6 year old (advanced) reader to read and, as I do, went through it beforehand so that I could be prepared for any questions or conversations that may arise from reading it.

I cried at 2 points and got goosebumps at multiple others. Despite my initial lack of ability to connect to the two main characters, (Mostly due to their privileged life coming from a world I simply don’t understand, as children of landowners and world travellers) I found myself coming to love them b
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Whitney (Read.Ridinghhod)
I’m not sure where to even begin with this review. It’s been a while since I’ve been left wanting to say such big things about a book, but have also been left feeling like there are no words.

Brilliant. Magical. Colorful. Emotional.

Adventure. This book was a magnificent adventure.

The story follows and alternates POV between Jake and Marisol. They are young cousins whose families have come to clean out their Nana’s home after her passing. Upon arriving they find a map which takes them on quite th
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C S
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot to say about this book. First, it was a great book. Second... it has its faults.

Some events seemed random, like they were included just because they involved some lost place or object. Others were completely out of place and unnecessary, like Jake's encounter with the Administrator. Some events were sped through while others dragged on.

I was also disappointed by the moral. Throughout the book, Jake and Marisol's differing views on "holding on" are displayed. While reading, I exp
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Jennie
A clever plot line with a parallel world that 'collects' items lost or forgotten in our world - people, places and creatures. Jake and Marisol are cousins, drawn together through the selling of the much adored grandmother's house after her death. Marisol's 'magic' fingers are able to find lost things, and Jake, constantly moving due to his mother's embassy job is great at leaving the past behind. Together they are drawn to the World Between Blinks to unravel a mystery.
There is lots to love about
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Ramona
This is one of those stories that has many levels, stories within the story, which touches your heart and funnybone! What if you could enter a hidden world that exists between your blinks? What if you could find the place where all lost things go? We would all like to believe that such a place exists-to find all the things that have disappeared that we want to still be around. That is what happens in this unusual story-two children find that special place. They are both hurting-a loved one has p ...more
Allie York
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was adorable!
I am no stranger to Amie Kaufman, but Ryan Graudin is a newer author to me and neither of these ladies has let me down yet. This book stuck with that rule.
After the passing of their Nana, cousins Marisol and Jake are helping the family clean out her beach house, when they find a treasure map. Knowing their Nana was one for adventure, they have no choice but to follow it and they land in The World. From there, chaos ensues. I loved the history and mythology peppered throu
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John Clark
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two cousins about to be hit with a second helping of loss when their late grandmother's beach home is being emptied in preparation to be sold. One very much wants to hold on to memories, the other wanting to shed them. When they find and follow a map Gram left hidden, it is the beginning of an adventure that involves a place where lost people and things collect, a bad guy who's not what he seems, and some very exciting adventures. All of it wrapped up in a fast paced story with plenty of action ...more
Jess
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had so much fun reading this to my daughters! Marisol (I love that name!) and Jacob explore a world full of things that have disappeared from our world, and make some important self-discoveries along the way.

This book was jam-packed with extinct species of plants and animals, as well as missing people, vanished cities, etc. I loved the creativity of the storyline! My girls had me looking up every single thing as it was mentioned so they could see pictures. We are looking forward to book 2!

Favo
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Denise Newton
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The World Between Blinks is a wonderful beginning to a new middle grade fantasy series. It will be enjoyed by readers who like adventure, magic, and a little history, all rolled into a satisfying package.
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Michele
Starts a little slow and a little fractured in style but picks up when it gets to action and has some great emotional moments near the end dealing with death and discovering who you want to be. Written for middle grade 7-14 but applicable and fun for older ages too. Or younger! But probably read to them with some reassurances about plot. The Australian cover is way nicer than the American one so I suspect it will do better there.
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