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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
Stig’s Flight of Encounters by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen is a fantasy adventure meant for middle-grade readers but is appropriate for all ages. Stig is a bright boy with a kind heart who loves to tinker and create mechanical devices like the airplane that he uses to fly out of his home of Chelldrah-ham. No one had ever gone over the mountains to see what was beyond their city until Stig sailed into the forbidden zone. His flight soon turns disastrous and he finds himself stuck in a magical land full of unusual creatures and people who look like him but behave in very strange ways. In his quest to find his way home, he experiences much that is beautiful and good but it is under attack from an evil race of creatures called Bachs.
Stig’s Flight of Encounters is lots of fun to read. It’s full of magical characters who are all a little bit off yet are charmingly endearing. The plot is simple on one level yet complex in its ability to move from one magical setting to the next. With every step in Stig’s journey, he meets new characters and new challenges. For the sake of reference, a fair comparison is to say Stig’s Flight of Encounters is similar in its structure and diverse cast of characters to The Wizard of Oz (the book, not the movie). I highly recommend Stig’s Flight of Encounters to anyone, young or old, who likes to be carried away into fantastic new worlds along with the main character who has a heart of gold and a strong imagination.