Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Book Review: Liesl & Po

Liesl & Po
by Lauren Oliver

Hardcover307 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by HarperCollins

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. (Goodreads summary)
In the hubub before Christmas, with the last minute sprints to the store for gifts and travels home, I decided that I would try to fit this book in. And it was a good choice. Categorized as Middle Grade, this is a quick read with images interspersed throughout. And a fantastic story for young kids it is. However, it also has elements that an older reader can enjoy and appreciate. 
With each new book I read by Lauren Oliver, I am continuously impressed. Each of her books (Before I Fall, Delirium, and Liesl & Po), though incredibly different in subject content, have a few things in common. Beautiful writing, engaging characters, and a meaningful story. 
Liesl & Po is the story of three young children (one a ghost) who have seen nothing but tragedy and cloudy skies. Then one day, a simple mistake leads them all down a path together. We follow them on a path to moving on. A path to finding a place to belong. Along the way, they battle people with darkness in their hearts and one whose heart is nothing but light. 
Extremely charming, heartwarming, and meaningful. Liesl & Po is a nice quick adventure that doesn't take long to go on but leaves a lasting memory. 

1 comment:

  1. I know, Harry Potter is a one in a million, billion and trillion book!


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