Release Date: October 4, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon Vine
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.
I’m mainly a YA reader…obviously, but I do love a good middle grade novel. I loved Before I Fall and I’m kind of obsessed with Delirium, so when I heard that Lauren Oliver had written a MG I was a little bewildered, but mostly just intrigued. I have crazy high standards when it comes to Lauren Oliver’s books, because she has yet to disappoint me. Since reading Liesl & Po I’m beginning to think she can do no wrong…
Liesl & Po is told in a enchanting third person narrative. The story unfolds in a way that made it impossible to put down. I loved how each story line eventually came together seamlessly. This book also takes place in a very unhappy world. The sun hasn’t shone in more than 1,000 days and the people are starving. This could be a very dark and depressing world but Lauren Oliver fills it with characters with pure and hopeful hearts. Whether it’s a kindly police officer that carries a cat in a sling, two abandoned children that should have no hope, or maybe even a ghost and his dog–or is it a cat?– the hope and love shines through the gloom.
Liesl, Po, and Will were all excellent characters. It was impossible to not root for them. They were also fun! I loved Bundle so much. Can I have a ghost pet, too?! The villains were very, very villainous. I was so worried about those kids!
I loved Liesl & Po. Which is no surprise at all given the author. I had a fantastic time reading it and I was a little sad that it had to end. I could have just kept reading. I do highly recommend. Even if you don’t read a lot of middle grade I think this would be a fantastic place to start.