by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin (Penguin Random House)
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Description: It’s been two years since Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. In that time, they have traveled far and wide in search of adventure. Now Peter and Sir Tode have been summoned by Professor Cake for a new mission: find a 12-year-old girl named Sophie Quire.
Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father’s bookshop, where she works as a bookmender and dreams of leaving the confines of her city walls. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up searching for a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.
The Good Stuff
- A deftly written fantastical epic tale for 9-12. Filled with magical creatures and eccentric characters
- Full of heart and intriguing characters that never act in the way you expect them to. This my friends is a wonderous thing
- Never talks down to kids - author understands that children can handle a wee bit of the dark, as long as there is a light at the end of the tunnel
- Wickedly funny at times, with plenty of cheeky asides for the reader
- Auxier is a master of his craft and his books should be in every childs library (and of course their mom's as well, because I was on the edge of my seat, and laughing along while reading)
- Believing in ones self, the ability to change - sacrifice for what is right
- Deadly battles, talking tigers - hello - what could be better than this. The language of the book reminded me of The Princess Bride on many occasions. This is a compliment - for if you do not love The Princess Bride, I fear there is no hope for you
- There is something for everyone, as long as they can just believe
- The importance of stories and the magic within the stories to transport you
- Positively brilliant and one of my favorite opening passages of a book. A book truly for those who love books, big and small.
- I'm a grown women, but I was actually bawling with tears rolling down my eyes while sitting in the back room at work (BTW, nice to know that where I work no one would think it was weird that I was crying while reading - my god I am going to miss you guys - you have truly made living here bearable - ok the mountains are purty too)
- My copy is an ARC so no pictures, : (
- Lots of big words and dark themes may turn off readers
"It has often been said that one should never judge a book by its cover. As any serious reader can tell you, this is terrible advice. Serious readers know the singular pleasure of handling a well-made book - the heft and texture of the case, the rasp of the spine as lit the cover, the sweet, dusty aroma of yellowed pages as they pass between your fingers. A book is more than a vessel for ideas: It is a living thing in need of love, warms, and protection. And above all, a book must be read."
"She had read many exciting stories about fugitives and runaways, and something that has always annoyed her was how little attention was paid to sensible preparations."
"Among a certain population, there is no greater way to demonstrate affection than by recommending a book." (reviewers note: there is nothing better to me in this world than getting the right book to the right reader)
"This was not how her adventure was supposed to go. People--real people that she loved- had died."
I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review