The Resource Liesl & Po, Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Kei Acedera

Liesl & Po, Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Kei Acedera

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Liesl & Po
Title
Liesl & Po
Statement of responsibility
Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Kei Acedera
Title variation
Liesl and Po
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Illustrator
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Language
eng
Summary
A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will, an alchemist's runaway apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey
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  • Grades 4-7 In this charming, insightful fantasy, Oliver’s first for middle grades, characters converge thanks to an accidental mix-up between boxes, one holding an evil alchemist’s greatest spell—“The Most Powerful Magic in the World”—and one holding the ashes of a little girl’s beloved father. Locked in the attic by her greedy stepmother, Liesl desperately mourns her father’s death, but she has reason to hope when two ghosts, Po and Bundle, visit from the Other Side. After they deliver a message from her father, who wishes Liesl to bury him under the willow tree where her mother rests, they steal the box containing his ashes. On their journey, they meet Will, the alchemist’s ill-used apprentice, who has been on the run ever since he misplaced the alchemist’s spell, which could raise the dead and restore youth. This original fairy tale, told by a wise and humorous omniscient narrator and peopled with broadly drawn but instantly recognizable characters, avoids sentimentality to show the magic of accepting loss without letting go and finding joy in the lives left behind. Final illustrations not seen. -- Hutley, Krista (Reviewed 09-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 1, p120)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5 – 8 — Liesl's father has died, and she has been locked in an attic by her cruel stepmother. To the attic comes Po, a ghost whose memory of whether it was a boy or a girl has faded in its time in the world beyond. Po meets Liesl's father on the Other Side and carries a message back: he would like his ashes to be buried next to his first wife so that he can move on. In the same town on one fateful night, the apothecary's apprentice, Will, has two errands. The first is to deliver a box containing magic that the apothecary has conjured at the commission of the powerful the Lady Premiere, magic the apothecary claims will bring the dead back to life. The second is to stop by the undertaker's for some magical ingredients. Unwittingly, Will swaps the box of magic with the one containing the ashes of Liesl's father. When the mix-up is discovered, he flees the wrath of the apothecary and the Lady Premiere. Meanwhile, with Po's help, Liesl finds an opportunity to escape the attic and her stepmother. Their paths and destinies converge in an entirely satisfying way, and the plot gains forward momentum through chance encounters and lives crossing paths. This fantasy is written with the gentle simplicity of a fable infused with a storyteller's wisdom. Acedera's black-and-white charcoal illustrations are soft, warm, and somewhat old-fashioned, adding a great deal to the charm and emotion of the story. This is a case in which the illustrations truly enhance the book and make it something more special than it otherwise would have been. A lovely tale.—Tim Wadham, Children's Literature Consultant, Fenton, MO --Tim Wadham (Reviewed November 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 11, p135)
  • /* Starred Review */ The sun has not shined for 1,728 days and counting in YA author Oliver’s (Delirium) first book for middle-grade readers, a gloominess that underscores a plot in which adults seek personal gain at the expense of children. Classic fairy tale elements weave throughout this spirited, old-fashioned adventure: a young girl locked in an attic, a wicked stepmother, an alchemist, an orphan boy running from a cruel master. Add two nearly identical boxes—one containing the ashes of 11-year-old Liesl’s recently deceased father, the other holding “the Most Powerful Magic in the World”—and mix them up, and excitement begins to break through the bleakness. Po, a presence from “the Other Side,” brings Liesl a message to bury her father’s ashes underneath a certain willow tree, inspiring her to escape her imprisonment in her stepmother’s attic and head for the train. An exhilarating chase ensues, as characters pursue the runaway children and the mixed-up boxes. Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 29, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 35, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for LIESL &#38 and PO)/* Starred Review */ A wonderfully imaginative, startlingly moving and at times wickedly funny fantasy. In her first work for middle-grade readers, the versatile Oliver (Before I Fall, 2010, and Delirium, 2011) deftly creates two worlds that run parallel, "like two mirrors sitting face-to-face." On the "Living Side," the sun hasn't come out in 1,728 days, and Liesl (about 11) has been locked in a small attic bedroom for 13 months by her conniving stepmother, Augusta. Three nights after her beloved father dies, she is visited by a child-sized ghost named Po and Bundle, a ghost-pet, both of whom come from the "Other Side," where dead souls in various stages of "becoming part of the Everything" linger till they can go "Beyond." They become unlikely best friends, and Po helps Liesl escape so she can take her father's ashes home. Meanwhile... an egomaniacal alchemist whose specialty is potions and transfigurations has created "The Most Powerful Magic in the World" for the Very Important Lady Premiere. "The dead will rise / From glade to glen / And ancient will be young again." But the alchemist's mistreated apprentice Will, an orphan, mixes up the delivery and.... By alternating quietly lyrical, philosophical passages with laugh-out-loud broad comedy/farce, the author takes her readers on a fantastic voyage from loss to healing and joy. With nods to Dahl, Dickens, the Grimms and even Burnett, the author has made something truly original. Acedera's frequent black-and-white illustrations are a perfect complement. An irresistible read: This book sings. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10011791
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1982-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Oliver, Lauren
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 830L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Acedera, Kei
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True
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Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Orphans
  • Future life
  • Voyages and travels
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Liesl & Po, Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Kei Acedera
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780062014528
Lccn
2011019372
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
Label
Liesl & Po, Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Kei Acedera
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780062014528
Lccn
2011019372
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations

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