When he was a baby, Ernie was discovered as the Puddlejumpers’ savior. But a series of terrible accidents landed him squarely at the Lakeside Home for Boys as a permanent ward of the state. The last freedom he gets before being sent to a juvenile detention facility is spending three weeks on Russ Frazier’s farm. Ernie’s fascination with Russ’ lost baby may be the key to finding him a home at last.
Puddlejumpers truly is a work of dramatic irony. Ordinarily, I would be frustrated by the amount of information that the reader is privy to, but the authors manage this perfectly. Rather than feeling like I already knew what the outcome of the book would be, there was a sort of suspense to the story. Plenty of factors were in play to keep it from being too predictable.
I also loved the merging of realism and otherworldliness. Rather than existing in an alternate dimension, the Puddlejumpers live in an extension of the world as we know it. They even regularly interact with it despite preferring to avoid humans. In many ways, they’re very similar to the fae. Puddlejumpers is a fantastic book.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warnings: abduction, violence
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