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The Travelling Restaurant

Author: Barbara Else

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Quote: One of the most enchanting books that I have read for a long time... I just absolutely loved it.
Kate De Goldi 
Synopsis: A pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel filled with colourful characters, and a highly likeable young hero.

In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word ‘magic’ is forbidden.
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When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by feisty Polly.

Jasper faces challenges, adventures, storms and hungry pirates. Should he go in search of his parents, or his lost baby sister? Who should he trust? And why is Lady Gall hunting him?

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The Traveling Restaurant
Horn Book (US), May/ June 2012
Constant action, lively language, and a Mahy-esque sense of whims...
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North and South’s ‘Best Books for Christmas’ 2011
Named New Zealand’s 2012 IBBY NZ Honour Book for Writing (a covet...
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Centre for Child Books Bulletin (US), April 2012
Adventure fans with a taste for fine cuisine will delight in the ...
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Starred review, Kirkus Reviews (US), February 2012
A heaping plateful of adventure, spiced to perfection with danger...
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Good Reading magazine, October 2011
What a fun, exciting and magical adventure! This is one of those ...
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Around the Bookshops, February 2011
Twelve-year-old Jasper Ludlow sets off on the adventure of a life...
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Time Out Bookstore, Autumn 2011 newsletter
The (provisional) ruler of Fontania, Lady Gall, has outlawed the ...
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NetGalley (US), May/ June 2012
The Traveling Restaurant was both exciting and funny. This mid-gr...
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'Canvas', NZ Herald, June 2011
New Zealand writer Barbara Else has woven a delightful story for ...
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New Zealand Books (review by Diane Hebley), Winter 2011
Else keeps her tone light, but uses wit, satire, melodrama, and w...
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National Radio (reviewed by Kate De Goldi and Kim Hill), April 2011
Just an enchantment...this is one of the best fantasy books I’ve ...
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Kate De Goldi, Good Morning, March 2011
This is one of the most enchanting books that I've read for a lon...
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Guide to Auckland, April 2011
The Travelling Restaurant is a quirky, heartfelt tale about findi...
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New Zealand Book Council Newsletter, March 2011
New Zealand author Barbara Else obviously has young people in her...
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Story Time Books for Kids, April 2011
It created a frisson of excitement I haven’t felt about a novel w...
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Christchurch City Libraries blog, April 2011
The Travelling Restaurant is a magical story, set in a magnificen...
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Stradling the world of the written word, Joan Druett's blog, April 2011
Not only is it a romping tale in the oldfashioned rollicking bedt...
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Scene, May 2011
Kiwi author Barbara Else excels with child-centred imagery - and ...
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Provo Library Children's Book Review blog, September 2012
Jasper is one of the finest young men you will ever meet in the p...
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NSW Association for Gifted & Talented Children, October 2011
Interesting characters, some imaginative ideas and fluent writing...
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Horn Book Review (US), March 2012
Constant action, lively language, and a Mahy-esque sense of whims...
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Booklist (US), April 2012
Blending humor, suspense, and poignancy, this absorbing fantasy-a...
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Lauren Fisher (age 6), Junior Journal, April 2013
This book was so exciting I thought I might burst - I couldn't wa...
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Caleb (age 8), Family Times (NZ), June 2014
I liked all the dangerous parts of the story, especially when Jas...
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Awards
  • New Zealand IBBY Honour Book for Writing 2012
  • NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2012, Junior Fiction finalist
  • Storylines Notable Book 2012
  • White Raven Award 2012
  • LIANZA Esther Glen Award 2012
Country of origin   New Zealand
Age 9+
Size 1296pp, 198mm x 129mm
ISBN 978-1-877467-77-6 Paperback
 
Published by Gecko Press in April 2011
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An Adventure In A Book -

Gemma    Wed Jun 26, 2013

This book was so exciting I thought I might burst – I couldn’t wait to read it, and it was hard to stop at the end of a chapter. I loved the crazy names of the chapters – they helped you know exactly what the chapter was about. May favourite part was when Lady Gall melted. I recommend this for people who like adventures. This is a great book to share with a grown up!

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Japser's Journey In Three Juicy Jots -

Abe    Mon Jan 9, 2012

Read with excitement as the 'ordinary' boy travels through Lake Riversea. This fantastic novel allows you to sail through the pages with your mouth watering for adventure while speeding through the seven seas awaiting the evil Lady Gall, a tyrant who makes beauty beastly.

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A Magical Story -

Zac    Fri Dec 9, 2011

In the land of Fontania magic has been outlawed. Ever since The Great Accident, even uttering the word ‘with five letters that began with ‘m’, had a ‘g’ in the middle and ended with ‘c’ was completely and utterly forbidden.’ The land is ruled by the Provisional Monarch, Lady Gall who keeps herself beautiful by injecting a special fluid called Beauteen into her wrinkles. Jasper’s father, Dr Ludlow, is the inventor of Beauteen and works for Lady Gall, but when Jasper discovers that his sister, Sibilla was poisoned by Lady Gall, the family must escape. When Jasper falls asleep on the docks, his family leave him behind. While he’s looking for their ship he finds the Travelling Restaurant, a colourful ship run by Polly and Dr Rocket. On the Travelling Restaurant, Jasper embarks on a wild adventure across lakes and oceans. He faces raging rapids, troublesome monkeys and hungry pirates in the search for his baby sister, who might just be the key to saving Fontania. The Travelling Restaurant is a magical story, set in a magnificent kingdom filled with colourful characters. My favourite character was Jasper, who is an incredibly brave boy who gets into some dangerous situations, in the hope of finding his sister. The descriptions of the food that they prepare on the Travelling Restaurant will make your mouth water and your stomach grumble. Barbara Else has created a world that you will never want to leave.

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