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Liesl and Po
by Lauren Oliver

RRP €14.20

Liesl and Po
by Author Name Lauren Oliver

Book details for title
List Price:14.20
Format: Hardback, 282 x 149 x 29mm, 320pp
Publication date: 29 Sep 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
ISBN-13: 9781444723076

Description

'On the third night after the day her father died, Liesl saw the ghost.' Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice - until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone. That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

Reviews

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver brings much-needed magic to an increasingly neglected age group ... there are some exquisitely drawn characters ... it's books like this, with its classic quest plot, intertwined with lyrical metaphysics, that can set a child up for life.' Seven, Sunday Telegraph Books for Christmas 'A gorgeous story--timeless and magical ... For me, this book was like a ride in a sleeping car on a fabulous train, one with deep, plush upholstery, shining brass window latches, and secret compartments, one where the bed slides out soundlessly and the sheets are not too new but not too old, and where small amazing cakes arrive regularly on lacquered trays while the night rushes by outside, the moon always visible.' Rebecca Stead, Newbery winner for When You Reach Me An absolute delight ... The story is packed with mystery, murder, adventure, humour and magic, but above all it is a beautiful evocation of loss, tempered by the gradual blossoming of friendship, trust and hope. Although aimed at younger readers, the lightness of touch and the tenderness of the message could make grown men weep. Daily Mail 'A wonderfully imaginative, startlingly moving and at times wickedly funny fantasy... By alternating quietly lyrical, philosophical passages with laugh-out-loud broad comedy/farce, the author takes her readers on a fantastic voyage from loss to healing and joy. With nods to Dahl, Dickens, the Grimms and even Burnett, the author has made something truly original. Acedera's frequent black-and-white illustrations are a perfect complement. An irresistible read: this book sings.' Kirkus 'This original fairy tale, told by a wise and humorous omniscient narrator and peopled with broadly drawn but instantly recognizable characters, avoids sentimentality to show the magic of accepting loss without letting go and finding joy in the lives left behind.' Booklist A gorgeous story--timeless and magical. Rebecca Stead, Newbery winner for When You Reach Me A wonderfully imaginative, startlingly moving and at times wickedly funny fantasy. With nods to Dahl, Dickens, the Grimms and even Burnett, the author has made something truly original. An irresistible read: this book sings. Kirkus 'Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression.' Publishers Weekly Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression. Publishers Weekly 'A beautifully written book about loss, family, friendship and discovery - and the illustrations add a touch of magic too.' Press Association This original fairy tale, told by a wise and humorous omniscient narrator and peopled with broadly drawn but instantly recognizable characters, avoids sentimentality to show the magic of accepting loss without letting go and finding joy in the lives left behind. Booklist 'A thoroughly entertaining novel with is gripping narrative and strong emotional thread imbued with a real sense of loss. Highly recommended.' Sydney's Child 'Seriously spooky' Herald Sun A beautifully written book about loss, family, friendship and discovery - and the illustrations add a touch of magic too. Press Association Liesl & Po was the best middle grade novel I've read in ages, and also one of the best novels overall that I've read in a good while! It's a magical, compelling, humorous and original book - highly recommended! booksterreviews-cliona.blogspot.co.uk 'A cute, fast-paced tale.' Girlfriend ' ... a pleasing old fashioned romp ...' Philip Womack, Literary Review ' ... crowded with distinctive characters and a twisty-turny plot, and rife with words like "ineffable" as well as expletives like "scrat," making it all the more fun to read aloud ... Liesl and Po is a crazy quilt of genres. Although it is obviously a ghost story, there are strong allusions to classic children's literature like A Little Princess.' New York Times 'In Liesl & Po Oliver delicately explores the ideas of love, loss and grief while offering readers a memorable tale filled with an unusual cast of characters.' Scripps Howard News Service Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver brings much-needed magic to an increasingly neglected age group ... there are some exquisitely drawn characters ... it's books like this, with its classic quest plot, intertwined with lyrical metaphysics, that can set a child up for life.' Seven, Sunday Telegraph 'An absolute delight ... The story is packed with mystery, murder, adventure, humour and magic, but above all it is a beautiful evocation of loss, tempered by the gradual blossoming of friendship, trust and hope. Although aimed at younger readers, the lightness of touch and the tenderness of the message could make grown men weep.' Daily Mail 'There is nothing predictable about how this author treats big themes such as grief, death and forgiveness. An assured ghost story with smoky black-and-white illustrations that help lighten the occasionally bleak material.' Age 'Though the book is targeted at 'children of all ages' who understand what magic really is, the complexity of Oliver's metaphor would be best appreciated by readers from nine upwards.' Canberra Times 'Seriously spooky.' Townsville Bulletin 'This multifaceted tale about death, ghosts, yearning, love and belonging will touch every reader's soul.' The Sun Herald 'I finished reading Liesl & Po with a smile on my face. Honestly I did! It was just the cutest, loveliest book ever! I actually felt something while reading the book, an unusual feat in middle grade fiction! But of course, Lauren was able to pull it off! It was actually quite emotional, I thought :) Liesl & Po was the best middle grade novel I've read in ages, and also one of the best novels overall that I've read in a good while! It's a magical, compelling, humorous and original book - highly recommended!' booksterreviews-cliona.blogspot.co.uk

Additional Information

  • Illustrations: Kei Acedera