Liesl & Po (Hardcover)

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By Lauren Oliver, Kei Acedera (Illustrator)
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Since the death of her father, young Liesl has been trapped in her
stepmother’s attic, drawing pictures and dreaming of a place she and her
father called home long ago. Her lonely existence is interrupted when
she meets Po, a similarly lonely ghost who takes an interest in Liesl,
her drawings, and the world of the living. Meanwhile, a young
alchemist’s apprentice named Will has accidentally switched a wooden box
of the world’s most powerful magic for a wooden box containg the ashes
of Liesl’s father. When Liesl’s stepmother attempts the murder of her
stepdaughter, and Will’s master discovers his apprentice’s great
mistake, the two children (and Po) must run away together to find
Liesl’s old home, carrying only a wooden box (which one?) and following
only Liesl’s hazy memories.
Liesl and Po is a beautiful story to be enjoyed by those of all ages, a
tale that never loses its hope no matter how dark the situation seems.
It is an extraordinary testament to the powers of friendship, hope, and a
child’s dreams.

— Lily

Description


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.

Praise For…


“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. Acedera’s frequent black-and-white illustrations are a perfect complement. An irresistible read: This book sings.”

“Classic fairy tale elements weave throughout this spirited, old-fashioned adventure. Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression.”

“With her third book, Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall; Delirium) creates another highly original world, this one for middle-grade readers. Oliver introduces orphans Liesl and Will, a touch of magic, some delectable coincidences, and friendship that stretches from the Living Side to the Other Side.”

“A gorgeous story--timeless and magical.”

“Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver brings much-needed magic to an increasingly neglected age group. It’s books like this, with its classic quest plot, intertwined with lyrical metaphysics, that can set a child up for life.”

“An absolute delight...Although aimed at younger readers, the lightness of touch and the tenderness of the message could make grown men weep.”

Praise for Before I Fall: “Oliver’s debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful....readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking.”

Praise for Before I Fall: “Samantha’s attempts to save her life and right the wrongs she has caused are precisely what will draw readers into this complex story and keep them turning pages until Sam succeeds in living her last day the right way.”

Praise for Before I Fall: “Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed.”

Praise for Before I Fall: “This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!”

Praise for Before I Fall: “Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live—and die.”

Praise for Delirium: “In [Oliver’s] dystopian America, love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord. Lena’s gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror. The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy.”

Praise for Delirium: “Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062014511
ISBN-10: 006201451X
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English
 

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