Alistair Grim's Odditorium
This cinematic, action-packed middle grade fantasy adventure set in Victorian London brims with fresh magic and has the cozy feeling of a classic.
Grubb, age twelve (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master.
All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own.
There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent the Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands-and his new family from suffering a terrible fate.
Grubb knows he's no hero. He's just a chimney sweep. But armed with only his courage and wits, Grubb will confront the life-or-death battle he alone is destined to fight.
I have read some of this author's suspense/horror novels and enjoyed them all thus far. I was intrigued to read this author's children/young adult series. Let me tell you that Mr. Funaro is the real deal. He can write. Some authors that I have read have tried to make the leap to this genre and have not been as successful in my eyes.
Instantly, I was transported to this magical world of Odditorium. I did not want to leave this world. Luckily I won't have to as this book is just the first one in the series. This book is more than just a book. It is an adventure filled with magic, wonder, excitement, great characters and villains. I could picture this series being turned into a television series or movies. However the way Mr. Funaro writes, it was like watching the movie version while reading this book. I look forward to seeing more of Grubb as I know there is more to him than meets the eye. Alistair Grim's Odditorium is a not to be missed! It is one of the best books of 2015.