Whimsy and Woe: The Final Act by Rebecca McRitchie

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Angus and Robertson, 2018. ISBN 9781460754672
(Age: 10+) Recommended. "As a blazing inferno rages through Whitby City. Whimsy and Woe Mordaunt see their last clue go up on flames and their journey to find their parents has seemingly come to a fiery end. That is until the siblings spot a very familiar man in the crowd . . . .
In the final act of this dramatic tale, Whimsy and Woe must escape villainous thieves, travel beneath a desert, climb the Mountainous Mountains and perform a death-defying trapeze act in the Benton Brothers Circus . . . all before going undercover at the annual Thespian Society Masquerade Ball.
Can they stop the Purple Puppeteer's evil plans in time and rescue their parents? Or will the Purple Puppeteer pull their family's strings forever?" (Publisher)
We had a number of excited students who were eagerly awaiting the release of this book. And I am sure they will not be disappointed with the result. McRitchie has managed to continue the gripping story line from the first book, Whimsy and Woe. Whimsy and Woe continue to be enthralling characters who rise to the many twists and turns that are presented to them. Although the book is quite thick, the text is fairly large and interspersed with illustrations.
A must to fit on the shelf along side the first book. Suitable for ages 10 and up.
Kathryn Schumacher