In this adventurous story for middle grade readers, 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. Before they know it, the struggling Bisby family finds themselves on a tiny boat captained by a man who prefers a singing parrot to a compass, and they soon embark on a journey that no other seaman could make and live to tell about.
In Giggleswick, Elliot and his parents find themselves mingling with a colorful set of locals the likes of which include an Irish-Arabian bagpiper, a man who thinks he's a knight, and a woman who does her exercises on the roof in high-heels.
At last, Elliot has found the happiness he's been waiting for and a place to call his own, but what he doesn't know, is that helping Giggleswick to remain hidden from the rest of the world may prove far more difficult and dangerous than he could have ever imagined.
About the Author
A musician by trade, Matthew Mainster began writing Giggleswick on the backs of his piano scores while hauled up in practice rooms throughout college. He is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Yale University, and lives with his family in Maryland.