Monday, February 20, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

Liesl & Po
by Lauren Oliver

Flap Copy description:
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.
The 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.

My thoughts:
Liesl & Po is a magical journey into a whimsical world with a lonely little girl, two quirky ghosts, an alchemist's apprentice, and a gaggle of greedy adults. In the midst of this wonderfully, well-written tale, Ms. Oliver weaves ribbons of truth about friendship, generosity, loss, and grief - with the hope that something bright and beautiful will appear from life's darkest days. This book is one of the best MG novels I've read in a long time; it's no wonder - Lauren Oliver is the New York Times bestselling author of the Delirium Trilogy. I would highly recommend Liesl & Po to readers from the ages of 8 -12.
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  1. I've seen a few recent books that include ghosts in their story. What I like about them is that really, the ghosts are used as a way to shine a light on relationships at the heart of the story.

  2. Thanks for sharing this review.

    I like what Joanne said about, "ghosts are used as a way to shine a light on relationships at the heart of the story." There's truth there.

  3. I heard great things about this one. Thanks