Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

All Together Now by Hope Larson
The Ash Family by Molly Dektar
Batman: The Smile Killer by Jeff Lemire The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
Cat Me If You Can by Miranda James
Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
Dough or Die by Winnie Archer
Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower
The Game Masters of Garden Place by Denis Markell
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Halfbreed by Maria Campbell
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova
The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth
Joker: Killer Smile by Jeff Lemire
Julia's House Moves On by Ben Hatke
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée
Steeple by John Allison
Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper and Kenard Pak
The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm
This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi
The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova
A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

September 2020 Sources

September 2020 Summary

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Julia's House Moves On: 10/23/20

Julia's House Moves On

Julia's House Moves On by Ben Hatke is the sequel to Julia's House for Lost Creatures (2014). Julia and her guests have made a comfortable life for themselves in their seaside home. Things change, though, when the house becomes restless and decides it's time to move.

To her credit, Julia does recognize the house's restlessness and she does start to put a plan in place to move everyone and the house. Unfortunately, she's probably too thorough and methodical for the house. Whether by design for cosmic coincidence, the house takes off before anyone is ready.

The house riding into the sea on the back of a turtle while an amorous turtle looks on from the horizon.

The remainder of the book is Julia's frantic attempts to save the house from its unprecedented journey. Her adventure while going from bad to worse to completely hopeless, also puts this book on the road narrative spectrum.

Chart showing the progression on the road narrative spectrum between the two books

The original book and this book share a route, offroad (66). But the travelers and the destination are different. While the first volume had the marginalized (aka "lost creatures") as traveler, this volume sees them all come together as a family (33) of travelers. Their destination changes too, from home (66) to utopia (FF), because it is the house essentially that is picking the new location, and thus is unknown to them. Put all together, the series progresses from marginalized travelers traveling to home via an offroad route (666666) to a found family traveling to utopia via an offroad route (33FF66).

Five stars

Comments (0)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis