Title: Liesl & Po
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 313 Pages
ISBN-10: 006201451X (Harper Collins Kids)
ISBN-13: 978-0062014511 (Harper Collins Kids)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: Take a bunch of unique characters that really have nothing in common and put them together in a fun magical setting, this is what you get with Liesl & Po. I loved this book it was so cute and beautifully written. It is a great read for all ages young and old.
Opening Sentence: She was lying in bed in the uniform gray dress of her small attic room when in one corner the shadows seemed to crimp, or flex, and suddenly standing next to her wobbly desk and three-legged chair was a person about her height.
Liesl is a young girl that lives in an attic. Her father recently died and her stepmother is a mean woman who wouldn’t let Liesl say goodbye before it was too late. She misses her father greatly, and the life she had before he got sick. She is a sweet young thing that loves to draw, and tries to make the best with what she has. She gets lonely all by herself in her attic, but she soon makes a new friend. Po is a ghost that resides on the other side. It is neither boy nor girl because these things don’t matter on the other side. It finds itself drawn to a light that is filled with a little girl in the living world. Po doesn’t really remember anything much about the living; it has been on the other side far too long. But then Po meets Liesl and life starts to have meaning again. Liesl asks Po for help in finding her father and helping him to rest peacefully. This takes them on an unexpected adventure filled with magic, danger, and new friends.
Meanwhile, Will is a young boy that lives with the mean old alchemist. Will is an orphan and a while back the alchemist adopted him and has tried to make him his apprentice. Will runs errands and tasks all day. One night he happens to notice a light on in a high window of a big house. In this room he sees a beautiful young girl. Ever since that night he has tried to return to that house everyday in hopes to see her again. Tonight Will is on an important mission to deliver a very important package to a very important person, but for the last few nights the girl has been absent from her window. So instead of delivering the package right away like he was ordered, he takes a different route that will bring him by the girls window once again. This leads to a string of events that start a journey that he was expecting.
I loved this book. It is a really fun book that has unique characters, magical adventure, and is written so beautifully. The story is enchanting and you can’t help but start to reminisce your own childhood while reading it. There are only a handful of characters in the story but they all play an integral part to the plot. Lauren Oliver weaves a beautiful tale of adventure and loss, which is hard to put down. There are cute illustrations throughout the book that help your imagination start to flow. It is really hard to put into words how much I enjoyed this book, it was that good. So if you have a child that loves to read or you yourself are looking for a fun read, I would highly recommend Liesl & Po to everyone.
Train 128 steamed past the blurry gray countryside, past cracked and blackened fields.
Will pressed his nose to the window.
Liesl tucked her chin to her knees and slept.
Bundle watched over Liesl.
Po was a shadow on the wall, unmoving.
The old lady with the cane finished searching all the passenger cars, then berated the policeman for letting the crazy little girl with the wooden box get away.
Mo, drinking hot chocolate and reading the paper, sat contentedly on an express train to Cloverstown, where he intended to intercept train 128.
Lefty licked dribbles of chocolate from Mo’s beard with a small pink tongue.
The alchemist and the Lady Premiere arrived at the gates of 31 Highland Avenue, where they had determined the magic had been taken by mistake.
A black-haired thief on his way to Gainsville stole two silver pieces from the grave of a dead man.
Time ticked forward. Stars collided. Planets were born and died. Everywhere and in every fold and bend of the universe, strange and miraculous things happened.
And so it was, just then.
FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Liesl & Po. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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