The Book Jumper

By Mechthild Gläser

Feiwel & Friends, 2017

German teenager Amy Lennox is spending her summer vacation on the  Scottish Island of Stormsay, where she meets her grandmother for the first time and learns she is a book jumper — someone who can read a book by physically being inside it.  All they have to do is open a book and put it over their face.  A book jumper’s sworn duty is to preserve literature, but someone has been jumping and stealing main ideas from stories.  It’s up to Amy and her friend Will Macalister to figure out who is committing the thefts, and how and why they are committed.

According to the book jacket, Mechthild Gläser is an award winning author in Germany.  The Book Jumper is her first book that has been translated into English.  It’s a page turner that will keep readers up all night if they’re not careful, full of drama both inside the book world and outside in the real world.

Amy is also a relatable character; she’s more comfortable in the company of books than people, which is definitely understandable.  Books can be frustrating, but they don’t really hurt anyone and they always come to an end at some point.  While drama with real people can sometimes seem like it will never end.

The book world itself is a cool concept.  Pathways that start in one book can lead to others.  It would’ve been nice to see the characters explore each story a bit more, but with the thefts going on in the book world, they don’t have time to waste.

While Gläser definitely taps into something magical, it helps if the reader is familiar with some of the books her characters jump into, such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Little Prince.

— Marialena Gallagher 

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