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Liesl & Po (Hardcover)
"Centered around a girl’s plucky quest to honor her father’s memory, this
radiant celebration of the power of hope and the humble magic of true
friendship manages to be at once meaningful, quirky, funny, and true."
"Across town from Liesl lives Will, the poor magician's assistant. Across the boundary between the living and the passed-on lives Po and his fuzzy pet Bundle. Liesl's own magic died long ago when her father died... but hope and friendship combined with determination and help from "the other side" will prevail. Ghosts, magic, evil stepmothers, ruffians and kind hearts make this book scary and joyful in turns."— Wil
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the miceuntil 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.
About the Author
Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her first novel, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. She followed that up with Delirium, the first book in her New York Times bestselling trilogy, which continued with Pandemonium. Oliver is also the author of Liesl & Po, a book for middle-grade readers, which received three starred reviews and was described as a gorgeous story timeless and magical by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU s MFA program, Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her first novel, the "New York Times" bestseller "Before I Fall", a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year. She followed that up with "Delirium", the first book in her "New York Times" bestselling trilogy, which continued with "Pandemonium". Oliver is also the author of "Liesl & Po", a book for middle-grade readers, which received three starred reviews and was described as "a gorgeous story--timeless and magical" by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“A wonderfully imaginative, startlingly moving and at times wickedly funny fantasy. With nods to Dahl, Dickens, the Grimms and even Burnett, the author has made something truly original. Acedera’s frequent black-and-white illustrations are a perfect complement. An irresistible read: This book sings.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Classic fairy tale elements weave throughout this spirited, old-fashioned adventure. Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With her third book, Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall; Delirium) creates another highly original world, this one for middle-grade readers. Oliver introduces orphans Liesl and Will, a touch of magic, some delectable coincidences, and friendship that stretches from the Living Side to the Other Side.”
“A gorgeous story--timeless and magical.”
-Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me
“Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver brings much-needed magic to an increasingly neglected age group. It’s books like this, with its classic quest plot, intertwined with lyrical metaphysics, that can set a child up for life.”
-The Sunday Telegraph
“An absolute delight...Although aimed at younger readers, the lightness of touch and the tenderness of the message could make grown men weep.”
-Daily Mail (London)
Praise for Before I Fall:“Oliver’s debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful....readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Before I Fall:“Samantha’s attempts to save her life and right the wrongs she has caused are precisely what will draw readers into this complex story and keep them turning pages until Sam succeeds in living her last day the right way.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Praise for Before I Fall:“Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed.”
Praise for Before I Fall:“This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!”
-Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why
Praise for Before I Fall:“Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live—and die.”
-Carolyn Mackler, author of Tangled and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, a Printz Honor book
Praise for Delirium:“In [Oliver’s] dystopian America, love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord. Lena’s gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror. The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for Delirium:“Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)