Drift House: The First Voyage – Dale Peck

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In the aftermath of 9/11, Susan, Charles and Murray Oakenfeld are sent to the Bay of Eternity in Canada to live with their mother’s brother, Uncle Farley, a man they’ve never met, in a strange mansion called Drift House. Full of humor, outlandish characters-including a self-important talking parrot named President Wilson and a dumbwaiter named Miss Applethwaite-and bizarre occurrences, Drift House unexpectedly becomes adrift on the Sea of Time. The Oakenfeld children encounter a kidnapped mermaid, time pirates, a mural that seems to predict what’s going to happen next, and more.

I love fantasy and so this was a great blend of real life events (9/11) and magical things (mermaids and a mural that shows future events).  The concept of a house that could drift out to sea as a boat is really cool, too.    – Jessica, Teen Librarian


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