A Map Of The Sky by Claire Wong – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

Kit doesn’t understand why his family has been uprooted to a remote coastal village in the North. Why did they leave so suddenly, and why has his Dad not joined them? At Askfeld Farm Guesthouse he meets an eclectic group of new neighbours and forms an unlikely friendship with Beth, who suffers from a chronic illness he does not understand. Kit learns that Beth, who cannot leave the guesthouse, is trying to draw a map from memory that shows all her favourite childhood haunts. Kit makes it his quest to help her remember by visiting places for her and hopes to solve the problems of the other guests along the way. But becoming a hero like the ones in his favourite books is trickier than it seems, especially when Kit has failed to grasp so much of what is happening around him… Can Kit work out that the person who really needs his help is much closer to home?

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. A Map Of The Sky is the type of book I choose to read when I need a break from crime fiction. It tells the story of the Fisher family who have moved to the North for reasons that are unexplained. Kit, with his desire to be the hero that he reads about in his books has his theories why. As you read you discover if he is correct about that and the people he meets. 

I loved everything about this novel. The characters, Kit’s explanations for what is happening to his new friends and his way of helping them. And his many mistakes. The nature, and the way it can heal, the hunt for the albatross and the almost overwhelming levels of humanity. 

Kit was an amazing character. He misses his Dad, misses his relationship that he read with Juliet before she became obsessed with exams and his innocent analysis of problems that the older ones around have. Because it is told from the view of an eleven year old boy it is different to what I usually read and I loved it.