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Join the journey to Impossible Places, where there's magic at every stop... Suzy is surprised to find a grumpy troll building a railway through her house - especially when a gigantic steam train crashes into her hallway! This is the Impossible Postal Express, the trusty delivery service of the Union of Impossible Places, and Suzy becomes its newest recruit. And with her cursed first package, an Impossible adventure begins.

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This is Book 1 in the The Train to Impossible Places Series. See all The Train to Impossible Places books here.

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"It started with a flash. A green flash, as bright and quick as lightning, there and then gone again."

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6th November '18
I read it to Yzabelle aged 8 aged 8
The Train to Impossible Places 9781474948616
5 stars
An amazing story story all about a girl called Suzy Smith who accidentally enters an impossible world. In this world trolls really do live under bridges and evil witches are on the loose. 
This book it very well written and kept me interested right from the start, loved it!!
6th November '18
Sailaway read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I really liked this book because it was very imaginative and inventive. It was a good mix of magic and science which you don’t find in many books. 
I thought the characters were very funny and encouraging. I loved all of them even the villain!
The illustrations brought the story to life very well.
This was definitely an adventure book - I really wanted to find out what would happen next! It was exciting all the time. I really want to lend it to one of my friends so she can read it and we can talk about it together. 
28th October '18
I read it to rsa aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
We shared the reading of this one. My eight year old liked it as much as I did. It has an almost Enid Blyton feel about it with a bit of Pratchett and something else, not quite Harry Potter, even though there is magic, heroes and villains in it. It has a certain charm about it. Imaginative, exciting, it keeps the reader wanting more and on his/her toes with the numerous twists in the plot. There are a strange range of characters and incidents in it. My son like the idea of a train fuelled on bananas, Trollville and Wilmot, the Postmaster. Overall, quirky, entertaining read.
28th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I am pleased to be providing a review for ‘The Train to Impossible Places’, which is one of my Top 5 books of the year and another fantastic debut & first book of a brand new series by P.G Bell.
Suzy, a young girl on the cusp of young adulthood, is a curious, resourceful, caring, loyal & intelligent girl but also somewhat impulsive. She soon realises that her love for physics and puzzle solving is getting her odd looks from her classmates. One day a train (The Impossible Postal Express) runs right through into her living room and like any curious & adventurous girl would do, she jumps on the train. Along with the postal workers she joins their mission to deliver top secret packages to Impossible places, going through fantastical realms and meeting villains on the way.
This is a humorous, action packed and super imaginative book full of exciting new worlds & fantastical characters. With Dr Who and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy-esque elements, I found this fantasy adventure both entertaining and empowering.
I recommend readers both young and old to jump on board on this high speed journey of a lifetime..! An absolute gorgeous 5⭐️ read...
30th October '18
I read it to Darth aged 9 aged 9
The Train to Impossible Places 9781474948616
5 stars
A truly marvellous adventure story. Suzy is a totally refreshing heroine, she really likes physics and she is in her pyjamas! A sound wakes Suzy, when she goes to investigate, she finds a troll laying tracks for a train in her home. The train is a postal delivery train, delivering mail across the Union of Impossible places. Rather rashly, she decides to hop on board. She is given her first parcel to deliver and soon she is intertwinned with the fate of the impossible places. We really enjoyed this book, we loved the idea of imagining places we might go to too that defy the laws of physics. A really great read! 
30th October '18
Leonjames read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
This book was such a fantastic read I loved it. Full of magic, adventure, villains and lots of twists. Suzy ends up the newst member on the train to impossible place after the train crashes in to her hall way. This book will definitely not disappoint anyone. Looking forward to more of these 
30th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Train to Impossible Places 9781474948616
5 stars
So, ‘The Train to Impossible Places,’ is one of those mind-boggling reads that plays tricks on your thoughts. In a world that defies gravity, confuses your perceptions and challenges everything you thought was impossible, you find yourself smack bang in the middle of the aptly named Impossible Place. When Suzy finds a troll digging a railway track in her hallway one day, her inquisitive mind can’t resist jumping aboard when the gigantic steam train flies by. But this is no ordinary train but the fastest mail train in the universe. Little does she know that she’s about to embark on a magical journey of a lifetime where she will meet talking frogs, bright yellow bears and friendly trolls whilst facing the most dastardly and fearsome Crepuscula and holding the fate of the Impossible Places in her hands. Flavia’s enchanting illustrations capture the chaos and carnage brilliantly. Fast, furious and filled with fun and frenetic action, climb aboard for a breath-taking ride that will take you beyond your wildest imagination.
26th November '18
I read it to JVB aged 8 aged 8
The Train to Impossible Places 9781474948616
5 stars
We loved this book. It was full of adventure and even though it was a little bit scary at times we couldn't wait to turn the page. The main character Suzy was really brave and strong. There were a few pictures but its mostly left up to your imagination. It was really exciting and we didn't want it to end.
1st November '18
This Girl Loves to Read read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Train to Impossible Places 9781474948616
4 stars
Suzy is a young girl. When she hears a loud clattering downstairs and no one has heard, she discovers it is the Postal Express and goes on a great adventure... I really enjoyed this adventure book and recommend it to ages 9+. There was a lot of pictures which helped set the scene. I liked it because I enjoyed the main storyline.
17th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Train to Impossible Places 9781474948616
4 stars
Fabulous adventure story with a female lead character- whats not to love! Young Suzy wakes up during the night to find a train track being laid in her hallway and inadvertently ends up onboard the train to impossible places. Being a postal service train Suzy gets the chance to help deliver post and parcels to such amazing locations and characters imcluding an evil witch, ghosts under sea and much more.  
There is such an incredible attention to detail in every page of this book making for a fabuous read suitable for all ages of vhsper book level readers. 
4th November '18
Gaby read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
The Train to Impossible Places 9781474948616
4 stars
An abseloutley brilliant story about Suzy Smith who accidentally enters an impossible world where trolls really do live under bridges and evil witches are on the loose. 
As soon as I opened this book I unlocked the key to a magical world where I uncovered dark sorcery and mysteries with Suzy Smith. I would really recommend this book to all ages.
P.S i really loved the drawing on the front of the cover!
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About P. G. Bell

P. G. Bell is a native of south Wales, where he was raised on a diet of Greek mythology, ghost stories, and Doctor Who . He's had all sorts of jobs over the years, from lifeguard to roller coaster operator, but has always wanted to write stories for a living. His dream comes true with the publication of the Train to Impossible Places ser...

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About Flavia Sorrentino

Flavia Sorrentino lives and works as a freelance illustrator in Rome. She loves her city and the figure of speech, "Rome wasn't built in a day", which inspires her each day to seek new ways of communication and expression. She has a true passion for Toulouse Lautrec, poetry, hist...

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