Monday, November 27, 2017

Bibliophile's Corner

The Wonderling
by Mira Bartok

Flap Copy Description:
Have you been unexpectedly burdened by a recently orphaned or unclaimed creature? Worry not! We have just the solution for you!Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name -- a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck -- it is the only home he has ever known.

But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home's loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name -- Arthur, like the good king in the old stories -- and a best friend. Using Trinket's ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur's true destiny.

My Thoughts:
This middle grade novel by Mira Bartok is amazing! The Wonderling is a whimsical tale that includes anthropomorphic "groundlings," fantastic pencil illustrations, and themes of hope and friendship within its 450 pages. Its imaginative plot and protagonist were truly heart-warming. I highly recommend the The Wonderling to readers aged eight and up!

Click here to learn about the talented author/illustrator, Mira Bartok.

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