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The Strangeworlds Travel Agency

(Strangeworlds Travel Agency #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,002 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Pack your suitcase for a magical adventure! Perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The Train to Impossible Places.

At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside . . .

When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds o
Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Orion Children's Books (first published April 27th 2020)
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Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine stepping into a suitcase and ending up in a jungle, or an enchanted forest, or a bright, bustling city filled with magic. Because that’s The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, the first book in a new series.

I want to step back into this world again and I’ve just finished it! We follow Flick who stumbles upon the travel agency that is ran by one young man - Jonathan - who oversees many different suitcases that open up to other worlds within the multiverse. It’s dangerous, but it’s exciting. I
Twelve-year-old Flick Hudson, her mum, dad and little brother Freddy moved to their new home in the village of Little Wyverns, but Flick knew she’d hate it. She would miss her friends, the city – how could this little place be better than where she’d lived all her life? After a few days of helping her parents to unpack, Flick left the house to do some exploring. The village’s shops were fine but when she saw the small, old building with a sign which said “StrangeWorlds Travel Agency” she was cur ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun, adventurous middle grade! It didn’t fully hook me, but I had a good time reading it 😊✨
josh sorensen
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
really struggled to click with this one, has all the pieces to be something i like and yet...?
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4,5! This was so much fun! If you like middle grade I highly recommend it!
Ella Storey
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Flick Hudson is 12 and is invited to join the Strangeworlds Society and she is thrilled, but quickly realises that something isn't right in the magical multiverse. Blizzards are hitting in the middle of summer, entire streets are disappearing in the City of Five Lights (the hub of magic) and one suitcase leads her to a world that has been completely abandoned. Soon, Flick is breaking all sorts of society rules and pushing the very limits of magic to try to figure out what is going on and to find ...more
Gabriela Pop
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A NEWFOUND FAVOURITE MIDDLEGRADE!! Every year at Christmastime in the bookshop, I have one middlegrade title that I think is so fantastic and versatile that I want to (and actually do!) recommend it to everyone shopping for their children/ grand-children/ weird neighour's child that they know nothing of but feel obligated to buy a book. THIS IS THIS YEAR'S BOOK!
STRANGEWORLDS TRAVEL AGENCY is a wonderful story from start to finish - full of heart, whimsy and adventure, as well as twists and turn
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a soiled start to a series, but it just missed the mark slightly for me. In this book we follow Flick as she moves to a small town with her family and discovers the strangeworlds travel agency and all the magic and wonder hidden safe inside.
This book promised me other world adventures on every page. I get that we need the world building and set up for where the series is going to go, but there was just a little too much fluff and not enough excitement.
That being said I can't wait
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Felicity Hudson may only be twelve, but a family house move from a city to a village, combined with the scary prospect of a new school after the summer, means Flick has to grab chances to explore whenever she can. And what she comes across wandering down a Victorian arcade is a shabby shopfront:
Beside the church, leaning drunkenly into the alleyway, was a tiny, squashed-looking shop with a big bay window [which] looked the same as the other shops on the street: old, unpopular, rather unloved, an
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski. Thankyou @hachettebooks @hachetteaus @hachettekids for sending me this book to review.

Published on 28 April 2020
Suitable for ages 9+

Synopsis: When 12 year old Flick finds herself in Strangelands Travel Agency she uncovers hundreds of other worlds locked within suitcases. The invitation of a lifetime presents itself... join the agency and embark on magical adventures. One such adventure uncovers
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It might be the best book* I read this year. I also don't remember a lot of books I read pre...the before times, so this could be hyperbole. The point is this is a wonderful book.

(*Edit - just remembered I read The Starless Sea this year, seriously 2020 is a mess, so unfortunately this has been relegated to being the second best book I read this year.)

I've found with the state of the world these days and struggling to not stress about every little thing that middle grade level
Estelle Tudor
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, just wow! Loved this from the very first page and couldn't put it down. Very reminiscent of the Discworld books, Dr Who and Fantastic Beasts. I just loved the concept - I mean who wouldn't want to step into a suitcase an immediately be transported to magical worlds? I need to find me a Strangeworlds Travel Agency now! Our heroine Flick is brave, adventurous and clever, she takes it all in her stride and is a great foil to the quirky Jonathan. Together they travel through the suitcase and mak ...more
Becca Fowell
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for gifting me with the e-ARC of this book.
I didn't really have any high (or low) expectations for this book, as it's a really new book from a debut author so didn't know what to expect, but this was so fun and whimsical and I had such a fun time reading it.

Flick accidentally stumbles upon The Strangeworld's Travel Agency when exploring the new town she's just moved to and when Jonathan, who runs the shop, tells her she's got the gift of being able to se
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some books you just know you are going to enjoy from the off and this book was no exception. Flick took me on a magical journey with her into the many exciting worlds within the Strangeworlds Travel Agency. Beautifully written yet easy to read I was left wanting more and more there will be, I am sure, because there are plenty more suitcases, more mysteries to solve and what does the wooden jewellery box have to do with it all...
I will definitely be reading this to my class, not as a book to stud
Jamie-Lee Turner
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the words in the multiverse cannot describe how joyful and magical this book is.

L. D. Lapinski has somehow managed to bundle magic, adventure, hope and family into a quaint little suitcase that smells of tea and biscuits and in the process opened up a whole universe of adventures for children(and adults) everywhere.

Flick is instantly loveable and her and Jonathan make a truly brilliant duo as they dive through the multiverse in an effort to save it.

Filled with peril, adventure, magic and fri
Jen Gallagher
The first book in what is set to be a children's classic series sees twists, turns, and dastardly baddies set to thwart Flick and Jonathan on their travels through the worlds inside suitcases. Lapinski is an author with a gift for seeing the magic and humour in all situations. This book is a magical ride through a multiverse of adventure, and readers young and old(er) won't be able to stand the wait to continue the journey. ...more
Charlie Watkins
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Is it just me who finds the 'friendship' between an 18 year old boy and a 12 year old girl a bit uncomfortable? I'm not convinced that telling children it's okay to step into strange mens suitcases if they promise you it takes you to a magical world is the best idea ...more
Laura Noakes
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is VERY high praise, and I’m well aware of the connotations of the comparisons I’m making, but this book gave me serious DISCWORLD meets ROALD DAHL vibes, whilst at the same time being completely and utterly original in concept. It was fantastic–imaginative and full of wonder, with an irresistibly likeable main character in Flick. This is gonna be the next Big Thing, I can feel it.

Whilst reading THE STRANGEWORLD’S TRAVEL AGENCY, I was completely struck by the sheer amount of work and word b
Imagine a world where you can travel to other worlds with suitcases.

I have had my eyes on this one for a while and then I decided to buy it. While I did like the book, I don’t know it just missed something. Throughout the book it just felt incomplete. There was something missing that kept me from wanting to flip the pages.

I loved the beginning, I loved the travel agency, I love the idea that one can travel through suitcases, that there are so many worlds to discover. There are also rules which m
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A flash-bang-crash of an adventure through weird and wonderful new worlds!

Pack your bags and get ready to hop into a world of adventures. I was drawn to the concept of this middle-grade fantasy from the start - a travel agency where you jump into a suitcase to be transported to hundreds of other worlds.

12-year-old Flick accidentally stumbles into the Strangeworlds Travel Agency shortly after moving to a new town. Quick to discover there’s something unusual here, curiosity gets the better of Flic
Sam Schroder
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved the premise of this story, a travel agency that wasn’t quite what it purported to be. And then, I met the characters, harried and uncertain Flick who stumbled into the agency and Jonathan, who runs the agency, even though he seems like maybe he’s still a bit of a kid himself.
But this is no ordinary travel agency. The suitcases are all portals to other worlds and when Flick’s magic is revealed, it is obvious that she and Jonathan are meant to go on some adventures together.
I loved every
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely delighted to be able to read this, because it has been highly recommended to me on twitter. It did not disappoint one bit!

This was a thrill ride the whole way through, I only picked it up this morning and I've already devoured it. I love the magic system - the schisms in the suitcases, so fascinating and now I want to go on an otherworlds adventure of my own. There was mystery, many different things that I enjoyed. Jonathan and Flick were both highly likeable chara
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was sent an early copy at work by the publishers in exchange for a review.

I really enjoyed this, it was unique and fascinating.

I can see why people have compared this to Terry Pratchett’s work because it definitely has the fantastical tone of his Discworld work as well as Roald Dahl, and I can see this being a big favourite. I will definitely be recommending it at work when the world starts to reopen itself again.
Stanisław Grabowski
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
oh god this was just so lovely!! the world is so strange and imaginative and just so FUN!! the whimsy!!! the sass!!! the nuanced, lovable characters!!! I would die for flick and jonathan. exactly the kind of book I wanted to read.
UWE Primary English Team
Dan: What wonderful worlds!! My oh my, this is an excellent excellent start to what promises to be a truly outstanding MG series! The world building is imaginative and the whole book is filled to the brim with excellent world building, brilliant plot development and so many tantalising questions that are just begging to be answered! A stunning adventure and I'm so glad it's only just getting started... ...more
Kat Steiner
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A charming story with flavours of His Dark Materials, the Magic Faraway Tree, and Harry Potter.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and delightfully charming adventure.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I really enjoyed this a lot! It has brilliant characters and a complex but not confusing plot. I especially love Flick, she was courageous and bold but caring too. Really really good story.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, children-s
4.5 stars!
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This is a fantastical magical adventure for kids of all ages. it has been far too long since i have found a children's release that is this good. with writing and adventures that is reminiscent of Roald Dahl and The Magic Faraway Tree. this story is so wonderfully constructed and will appeal to kids who enjoyed Chris Colfer's Land of stories. the characters were fun quirky and believable and the worlds so full of wonder and depth, i cant wait to see where this goes. ...more
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L. D. Lapinski is the author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency trilogy of children's books.

L. D. Lapinski lives just outside Sherwood Forest with their family, a lot of books, and a cat called Hector. L.D. first wrote a book when they were seven; it was made of lined paper and sellotape, and it was about a frog who owned an aeroplane.

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