It's a natural phenomenon -- a small country in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean hidden from the rest of the world by a circle of unnavigable fog. It's called Giggleswick, and twelve-year old Elliot Bisby has never heard of it, that is until he and his family are approached by an unusual man and asked to move there.
I found this story funny and quite light-hearted, just the way I like (some) books. It's also well written and is based on a very interesting idea. What if there could actually be a secret, 'magical' country hidden away somewhere in the world? Like Dinotopia...
I liked the characters. Most of them were very nice and sweet, except for the villains, of course. The only thing I didn't really like, was what seemed to me to be a dated way of looking at women. The female lead character, a twelve-year-old girl, is depicted ok. She seems equal to the male lead character, Elliot Bisby. On the other hand, Elliot's mom has very little life outside the house. All she seems to be good for is being pretty and kind and a good housekeeper. Maybe I'm being unfair. I suppose it's easy to just assume that moms are great and so on, and not give them any real personality, unless you actively try to give every character some individuality.
All in all, this is an enjoyable read for anyone maybe nine and up, or for anyone who's young at heart.