ARC Review: The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin


Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5
Title: The World Between Blinks
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Ryan Graudin
Series: The World Between Blinks #1
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Middle Grade
Format: ARC
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Source: Goodreads giveaway
Recommended for fans of: Alice in Wonderland, whimsical MG fantasies


Discover a magical world where lost things are found.

Whenever cousins Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were the stuff of family legend.

This summer, with the whole family reuniting for one last vacation at Nana’s home, the cousins are in for a legendary trip of their own.

Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse—then accidentally slip into another world! The World Between Blinks is a magical place where all kinds of lost things (and people!) end up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history—plus a few they thought were only myths.

But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol’s return journey doesn’t want to be found . . . and if the cousins don’t catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world for good.


This middle grade fantasy gave me all the warm fuzzies. It started off a bit slow for me, but I was charmed by the strong characters, whimsical world, and magical adventure featuring people, places, and things that were lost from history.

This book teaches kids important lessons about when to hold on, when to let go, and how to embrace the bad alongside the good.

I expected this book to be cute, but I loved it so much! I am so excited to add this to my classroom library. The World Between Blinks is reminiscent of childhood classics where children separated from their parents navigate fantastical worlds like Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, The Phantom Tollbooth, and A Wrinkle in Time.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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