Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver. Illustrated by Kei Acedera. Fantasy.
Lonely, grieving and locked in an attic, Liesl is befriended by a ghost, Po and its pet, Bundle. An accidental mix-up by an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, soon has all of them entwined in a dangerous adventure as Liesl endeavors to return her father’s mortal remains to his final resting place.
Themes/Content: Friendship, family, death, grief, alchemy, ghosts, magic, drawing, apprentices, orphans, stepmothers, figurative language, imagery.
Recommended for: Grade 5 and up; fantasy lovers, read aloud,
My Two Cents: I enjoyed this book so much, that I am having a hard time writing about it. I just won’t be able to do justice to Oliver’s clever and magical writing. I’d get that little “butterfly in the stomach” feeling as a read certain passages and marveled at how she chose her words. As I was reading I started taking pictures of the text with my phone so that I could remember some of my favorite passages.
You’ll have such empathy for the protagonists Liesl, Po, Bundle and Will, but my heart was stolen by Mo, the Lady Premiere’s guard.
Also worth mentioning… read the author’s note at the end of the book. I always do, but this one was truly touching and gave me even more appreciation for the story.
Similar Book from EHUE Library:
- Auxier, Jonathan. Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes : a story. New York: Amulet Books, 2011. Print.
- Barrie, J M. Peter Pan. New York: Scholastic, 2002. Print.
- Gaiman, Neil. The graveyard book. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. Print.
- Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone. New York: Orchard Books, 2003. Print.
Favorite Quote: “This was the other problem with the living ones: They were separate, always separate. They couldn’t truly merge. They did not know how to be anyone other than themselves, and even that they did not know how to be sometimes.” (Oliver, Lauren. Liesl & Po. New York: Harper, 2011. 92. Print.)
The Final Word(s): Read it immediately! 😀