Have Book, Will Travel by Kfir Luzzatto
Max fears that his family will disapprove of his friendship with Darla, a common girl from the village outside his uncle’s fortress walls. That's why they meet secretly to read together from an old book, which she has found in a dusty room near the fortress laundry where she works.
They read about a lost lake and feel adventurous when they slip out of the fortress to go swimming there; but the trouble begins when they find that, in the meantime, the fortress has been sealed and they can’t get back in. It’s lucky that they have the book with them, to guide them through the many dangers that await them on their way back home…or perhaps it is the book that is the source of their troubles.
In the end, it is the power of the friendship that Darla and Max have forged, and their courage, that see them through a series of breathtaking adventures.
I am a big fan of the Inkheart series. This book when first hearing about it kind of reminded me of that. Except that instead of pulling characters out of the books, they travel into the books, by reading a line aloud. Although I have not read any of her books I have heard this story is similar to Enid Blyton's writings.
The story is a very light-hearted one of adventure and friendship. I would say that it will appeal to both Middle Grade and early Teen readers. Although in all honestly for those that like adventure, imagination and friendship, readers of all ages might enjoy this one.
I wished that the worlds the kids went into were a little more equal in the time that they spent in each. The pacing develops with the advancement of the story and the anticipation for what will happen next develops with each chapter, which was great.
I liked the light fun and imaginative story. The friendship that develops between Darla and Max is one that is memorable and one that you will want to come back to.
It's a very magical story with a "Book of Dreams" that will literally take you to places you never imagined.