Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver (author) and Kei Acedera (illustrator)

Liesl & Po
Good Reads Summary

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.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.

My Thoughts

It’s utterly charming. But sweet/sad too.

It’s a middle grade fantasy adventure with themes of family and friendship, grief and loss, as well as threads of magic that tie all of them together. Liesl is all alone at its start but once Po, Bundle and Will enter the picture things changed.

And it’s what each of them underwent, separately and together, that I found charming (there’s that word again!) Where her journey is one of loss and loneliness towards discovery and friendship, Po’s journey is one where he becomes more human. Being of the Otherside, Po is quirky, different and separate... that is, until Liesl. Because where she was involved he became more connected. And then there's Will, who is just a teensy bit head over heels for her. It is his act that got the ball rolling… but still, what a sweet, sad boy he could be!

There's more too, more people who help out, more people who hinder. It's delightful, charming but the story behind the story explains some of the sweet/sad that I felt for it. And yes, there be many a gorgeous illustration in here!


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