Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Describe it in 25 words or less. A ghost, a warm-hearted guard, an orphan girl and the orphan apprentice with big dreams meet to create one of the best tales ever written.
Any particular reason for choosing this book? I very much enjoyed Lauren Oliver’s other book, The Spindlers, so I decided to check out her only other kids’ book.
Who was your favorite character and why? Mo because I could relate to him the most and I thought he was a nice guy.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Augusta. She was just as evil as Count Olaf.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? One of the reasons why I enjoy Lauren Oliver’s books is that they get into it on the second or third page instead of a long, drawn-out story that could be explained simply in 190 pages.
Was it plot or character driven? Character.
What did you think of the ending? Terrific. I almost cried. Just like I did with the end of The Spindlers. One of the best endings ever written.
What was the moral of the story? A big heart or big dreams or both is never something you should hide.
Did you learn anything? I learned what ineffable meant.
Favorite quote: “And this, really, is the story-within-the-story, because if you do not believe that hearts can bloom suddenly bigger, and that love can open like a flower out of even the hardest places, then I am afraid that for you the road will be long and brown and barren, and you will always have trouble finding the light. But, if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.” – Lauren Oliver, the author.
Have you read other books by the same author? Yes. Lauren Oliver writes mainly young adult fiction but I have read all of her books for kids so far and this one is the best.
Who would you recommend it to? Everyone, grumpy and hopeful, wonderful and boring, old and young. It is a book for all with a wonderful lesson.
Number of unknown words: 34
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