Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: October 4th 2011
Format: ARC | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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We meet Liesl the night after the day her young father has died. That same day she is visited by a ghost, Po, an eight year old boy who lives on the other side, the territory between life and death that runs parallel to the living world. Po has come to tell her that her father is stuck on the other side, and that she is the only one who can help him cross over. A couple of wooden boxes. Some ashes. Some magic dust. A ghost, its pet, and a boy who forgot to wear a hat in the cold. From these seemingly odd, random characters Oliver weaves the enchanting story of how, with the aid of Liesl, these elements come together over the course of one week to restore love and luster to a world gone grey and heartless.
In her first middle-grade novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver magnificently blends the otherworldliness of The Graveyard Book and the bravery of The Tale of Despereaux with the emotional resonance of Charlotte's Web into a wholly new, unforgettable story that glows with its own rare magic.
Lauren Oliver takes us on a magical adventure with so much heart at its core. You can’t help but root for this young girl. Liesl is such a sweet, bright soul. The friends Liesl makes on her quest to fulfill her father’s wishes are just as endearing. Po is so funny! He is very sarcastic for a ghost. Will is just a lonely boy who needs someone to care about him. These three unlikely friends have to deal with some pretty awful people in their lives. Evil stepmothers and abusive guardians, you can’t help but hate them. I really felt like I was on this journey with them.
I loved the way the boxes kept switching hands. I looked forward to seeing who would end up with each of the boxes. The imagery I got from this book was so vivid! The illustrations throughout the book also helped in that department. They were amazing and depicted the characters and emotions really well. They helped bring the story come to life even more.
I don’t read many Middle Grade books, but I plan to get myself a finished copy of this one to keep on my shelves for my family. It was really heartfelt with a great message of love and hope.
And check out the BEAUTIFUL book trailer!! With an original song inspired by the book!!
Thanks to Yara from Once Upon a Twilight for the opportunity to read and review this book as part of her book tours. :)