Mo, Lottie and the Junkers – Jennifer Killick, illustrated by Gareth Conway

Jennifer Killick is back with a bold and brilliant new series which confirms her talent as a truly original storyteller. Combining my two favourite genres mystery and sci-fi, ‘Mo, Lottie and the Junkers,’ is a thrilling and compelling read, that will leave you desperate for more. Mo Appleby’s life is turned upside down when he and his Mum move to a house across the road to live with his new step family. Appalled at having his carefully organised collection reduced to one singular box, Mo is completely out of sorts. Things go from bad to worse when peculiar things start happening all around him that he can’t logically explain. It all seems to start with the strange lady who has moved into his old house but she is only the beginning, he is soon surrounded by the most oddest of people. Together with his new step-sister the formidable and feisty Lottie, they must to put together the pieces of this peculiar puzzle that might hold the key to the disappearance of Mo’s dad. Never giving up or doubting their mission even when it seems their findings can’t possibly be true. The problem with uncovering the truth is that it can lead to serious danger. Can Mo and Lottie evade the sinister villains before its too late to save them?

It is so difficult to write a review of this book without giving away any spoilers so you will have to bear with me. Jennifer has created a truly outlandish yet completely plausible story that will leave you wondering about all the strange people you encounter in life. Completely mind-boggling in it’s content with some truly squeamish moments for anyone like me who has a weird eye phobia, this story will keep you on your toes with its numerous twists and turns. I think it was really brilliant of Jennifer to set this book within a blended family without it being the main theme of the story, this is just where the action happens to take place. It’s so important that children see themselves and their families in stories and I think Jennifer deals with the adjustments and problems thoughtfully and sensitively. I have to give a shout out to Gareth Conway for his vibrant and energetic cover which hints at the chaos and confusion that lies within the pages.  Packed with peril, bursting with bonkerness and outstandingly original this book is a total joy from start to finish.

Thank you to Firefly for sending me a gifted review copy in exchange for an honest review. ‘Mo, Lotters and the Junkers,’ is released on April 18th and is available to pre-order online and from any good bookshop.

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