Joy Cowley is one of the world’s best-known authors. She has written and published hundreds of books, and I have grown up listening to and reading these stories. But this is the first longer novel of hers that I have ever read. Joy Cowley seems to have a wonderful imagination where exists every world that she has created.
The Road To Ratenburg follows the adventures of Spinnaker Rat, his wife Retsina and there 4 ratlets. They travel to find the city of Ratenburg, after their home (the basement of an apartment building) is destroyed. The road to Ratenburg has always been a difficult journey and no rat knows if others have made it there. This family faces many challenges on their journey, including getting stuck in a bog, and crossing a lake full of giant eels.
I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and drama of this story, and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good adventure story, with a general readership age of 10 – 14. Just don’t read it in the middle of the night under your blankets!
Reviewed by Isabelle Ralston (14)
The Road to Ratenburg
by Joy Cowley, with illustrations by Gavin Bishop
Published by Gecko Press