Jaspa's Journey: The Great Migration

Children - Preteen
274 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2017
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Author Biography

Rich Meyrick earned an award-winning PhD in Environmental Change from the University of Cambridge (UK), after which he spent four years as a Department Head with the prestigious Senckenberg Institute in Weimar (Germany). So naturally, when he married Sue and moved to Canada in 2004, he began writing fiction for middle graders.

In truth, this was less of a leap than it might first appear. Rich’s Jaspa’s Journey series is something of a rarity among middle grade adventure novels, since the action takes place in the real world and is woven through with all sorts of fascinating geographical, historical and environmental details. In short, while most of the main characters are straight out of Rich’s imagination, everything else is real, explaining how Jaspa’s Journey has won awards in both fiction and educational categories.

In body, Rich now lives in Ontario with Sue and their dogs. But in mind, he spends his days exploring the planet with Jaspa. It’s a Journey he hopes will continue for many years to come.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration by Rich Meyrick is full of thrills and adventure and revolves around Jaspa the Giraffeses, who is a small version of the original giraffe. Set against the backdrop of Africa’s Serengeti Plain where there is amazing wildlife, the story chronicles the adventures of Jaspa and his brother, Bisckits, as they travel across the Serengeti Plain. The animals are forced to take the 500-mile journey and they have no idea what the terrain has in store for them. It is during this journey that Jaspa meets eleven-year-old Ben McRae who is there on vacation with his family. The story is an adventurous and compelling read and readers experience danger, thrills, excitement, friendship, and above all, the discovery of new things.

The book is fascinating and will keep young readers glued to it till the very end. The author makes the story educational, informative, fun, and exciting for readers. The storyline is unique and together we get to enjoy a story that not only entertains but also enhances our knowledge about Africa and the Serengeti Plain in an interesting manner. The narration is descriptive and detailed, making the scenes vivid and memorable. The drama, the fun, the laughter, the challenges, the twists and the turns, the fauna, the flora, Africa, Ben with his ability to communicate with the Ses, and a touch of whimsy are all woven together seamlessly into the plot, making it a fun and insightful read.