Marvelous Middle Grade Monday – Liesl & Po

I had planned to feature SAMANTHA SUTTON AND THE LABYRINTH OF LIES but some logistic hiccups made it so I didn’t get the review copy in time. So I apologize for that, and hope you will still enjoy today’s feature. One of my favorites this year.

From Goodreads: 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.

Why I recommend it: First of, the voice in which the author told the story sent me straight back to my younger days when I would sit by some friends and listen to them tell a story. It’s in how they impersonate each character so well that you would think you’ve known them for a very long time. You will feel their pain and joy, you will even understand why they were cruel if they happened to be. That’s how I felt when I read this book.

Most of the time it’s a bit jarring when authors switch POVs in a book but this one was done well. At times you even get the narrator’s opinion as the story moves along.

Now the characters. Liesl candor and naivety is refreshing. Po was a lot sharper. He could tell when people aren’t lying or can’t be trusted. They made a perfect pair. Will was puzzling. He started out looking a bit too simple but he gave me some nice surprises along the way. The villains in the book vaguely reminded me of the bad guys in Oliver Twist. And the way they learned their “lessons” at the end was priceless. ;) (I doubt they got it though)

This wasn’t a creepy story at all but it was certainly a bit dark and gloom and very sad at times. When you’re done reading Liesl and Po you will wonder about how much in life is pure coincidence or fate and how much isn’t. I loved it.

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15 Responses to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday – Liesl & Po

  1. Deb Marshall says:

    Me too on loving this book. You’ve totally captured why the voice in this one worked so well!

  2. Alex Baugh says:

    I’ve never read this book, but it sounds pretty interesting and one I would probably like. Thanks for the great review. I think I will definitely have to look for this one.

  3. This one is still on my to-read list! My MG reading list just seems to get longer and longer no matter how many books I read :)

  4. Jess Lawson says:

    I really enjoyed this one~ thanks for featuring it!

  5. I enjoyed this one too–although it’s very different from what I normally pick up. I just found Lauren’s new book, The Spindlers, at my local library. Tonight I will begin reading it.

  6. Joanne Fritz says:

    I loved this story too, Akoss, as well as her new one. I like that they’re stand-alones. Po was definitely my favorite character. Glad to see the MMGM love for this book continuing!

  7. I loved this too. And I just finished The Spindlers, another great book by Lauren Oliver. Thanks for the review.

  8. I’ve seen Liesl and Po around. I’d love to read it. Your review brings out the magic and voice in this one.

  9. I remember seeing Liesl & Po mentioned online a few times in the past, but never really knew much about it till now. This book sounds fantastic! I’m such a sucker for anything featuring ghosts or friendship, and the fact that this has both only makes me want to read it more!

  10. Vicki Tremper says:

    This sounds lovely and intriguing. Today I picked up Maile Meloy’s The Apothecary. Can’t wait! Almost finished with a YA and then I can dig in.

  11. This book sounds amazing. I love the cover and the characters sounds great. I like that it is a book that will make me think. I definitely want to read this one. What a great review! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I LOVE Lauren Oliver – she always manages to have such strong voice in anything she writes. I’m currently reading Pandemonium. I’ll have to pick up this one next. Thanks for the rec!!

  13. Nutschell says:

    Love that book cover!
    By the way, Akoss, hop on over to my blog to claim your prize!


  14. Gina says:

    i read this one this year as well — bought it for myself as a treat when i went to a lovely book store in austin :)

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