Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
James's Journey: Here We Go Again by Asha Khalil is a mix of rollicking adventure, fantasy, and science fiction, written for young readers, an adventure that begins with a flat tire. James's father and mother decide to leave the car in the road, with a note on the windscreen, and head down to a village. James follows them but his parents aren't aware that he is seeing things in a very strange way, with the trees being upside-down. James slowly loses sight of his parents and it's then that the adventure begins. He has to find his parents and get back to the car, but how can he when he doesn't even know where he is? Follow his extraordinary journey as he faces unusual challenges and experiences, but can he beat everything that stands before him and reconnect with his parents?
I enjoyed every bit of this story --the smooth narrative voice, the strong characters, the unpredictability of the plot, and the magical setting. The reader finds it easy to connect with the protagonist, especially his feelings. While his parents are seeking answers to their present predicament, something strange is happening to their young boy. He wishes the flat tire could have happened anywhere else and this feeling already shows the relationship he has with the setting. The prose is beautiful and the choice of words so apt that it will appeal to young readers. The humor is woven into the narrative and, in many cases, it is situational. James's Journey: Here We Go Again is a novel with strong themes of family and adventure, but it also shows readers that when they get stuck, the only thing left is their resourcefulness. A very sweet story.