From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places. An E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, it’s perfect for fans of the author’s other middle grade novels: The Spindlers and the Curiosity House series.
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 named Po appears from the darkness.
That same evening, an alchemist's apprentice named Will makes an innocent mistake that has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
This fairy tale centers on two children: Liesl, whose father died and who has been locked in the attic by her wicked stepmother, and Will, an orphan who works all day and night for a cruel wizard. A friendly ghost named Po befriends Liesl and helps her escape, while Will is forced to run away after accidentally giving a powerful magic potion to the wrong person. As they are escaping, Liesl and Po cross paths with Will, and they decide to join forces. Award-winning narrator Jim Dale brings his own brand of magic to the tale, narrating in the tones of an elderly and wise storyteller, while creating distinctive and memorable voices for the characters, including down-to-earth Liesl, the weaselly wizard, the icy Lady Premiere, the monstrous stepmother, and gentle Mo, a dimwitted but kindhearted guard who helps the children. This is an excellent audiobook for youngsters, whether they're in riding in the car, reluctant readers, or fantasy lovers. Ages 8 12. A HarperCollins hardcover.
I love this book. I've read it at least three times amazing👌🏽
This is a lovely story about death and wickedness, overpowered by friendship and peace. Please give to your young adult readers. Adult readers will also enjoy it.