Firstly I wish t thank Amber Choudhary of Midaspr for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A Map of the Sky by Claire Wong.
Kit doesn’t understand why his family has been uprooted to a remote coastal village in the North. Why did they leave so suddenly, and why has his Dad not joined them? At Askfeld Farm Guesthouse he meets an eclectic group of new neighbours and forms an unlikely friendship with Beth, who suffers from a chronic illness he does not understand. Kit learns that Beth, who cannot leave the guesthouse, is trying to draw a map from memory that shows all her favourite childhood haunts. Kit makes it his quest to help her remember by visiting places for her and hopes to solve the problems of the other guests along the way. But becoming a hero like the ones in his favourite books is trickier than it seems, especially when Kit has failed to grasp so much of what is happening around him… Can Kit work out that the person who really needs his help is much closer to home?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a little gem of a read as I was seeing the world through the eyes of eleven-year-old Kit. The story begins as he, his mum and sister arrive at a quiet guesthouse, perched on top of coastal cliffs, in Yorkshire. Askfeld Farm Guesthouse is quite remote with only a couple of other much older guests staying there too. His family is moving to a nearby village but the house isn’t ready yet, his father has stayed behind in London leaving Kit unsure as to why he hasn’t come with them and why he and his sister didn’t see the school term out before they left. The answers he is given are vague when he brings it up.
Kit is an inquisitive boy, soaking up everything he hears, asking questions and making his own logical fit the world as he sees it. There aren’t any children where they are so he makes the most of who is there. He reads adventure books to pass his time, savouring chapters for when he hasn’t anyone else to talk to. His heroes are the ones that overcome difficult quests and help people, his role models for real life. It isn’t long before he puts it all into practice.
There aren’t a lot of characters in the story which makes it all richer for it. He manages to manipulate some things that he is told to fit what he wants which did make me smile more than once. He is also having to come to terms with his relationship with his sister, five years older than him, who is moving between child and adult roles depending on who is talking to her.
Each of his guesthouse friends has their own story with him which collide, overlap and came together in the last few chapters. I loved the descriptions in this book, of dismal days, wild unpredictable seas and hidden beauties of coastline. Beautifully written, charming and a time of transition. Just positively lovely.
I wish to thank Midaspr for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Wong is an author and poet from Wales. Her debut novel, The Runaway, was published in February 2017 by Lion Hudson. A Map of the Sky is due to be released September 2019.
Claire lives in Yorkshire. She loves languages (especially ancient ones that nobody speaks anymore), old maps and being outdoors.