Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
Page Count: 307
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.Let me just start by saying that I am a HUGE Lauren Oliver fan. I loved Delirium, I've read snippets of Before I Fall, and I'm dying to read Pandemonium when it comes out, so when I found out she wrote a MG novel, I snagged it right away! I think I bought it literally the day it came out :) And I was not disappointed at all! Oliver's writing is so great; she's incredibly descriptive without being boring, she's not condescending, she's entertaining... I could go on forever really. The book is written for middle graders, so it was a bit predictable, but it's such a fabulous tale I didn't mind.
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.
Liesl is a little girl who's mourning the loss of her father while living in an attic, locked there by her evil stepmother. She's a fabulous character, who's smart, fun, witty, and brave. She's a great role model and a fantastic protagonist. Po is sort of snarky, but very loyal. It goes through a lot to help Liesl and protect her along their journey. Will is such a sad boy, with no one who loves him, which is why Liesl and Will make such a great pair, they're able to help each other out a lot, and sort of become brother and sister to each other.
The plot was very fast paced, and the pictures are gorgeous! I found myself getting really excited whenever I was approaching a picture and used that as a sort of reward for reading all those words. I loved how everything sort of came together, and nothing was very random, and it had that "everything is related" quality that I really enjoy in books. Also, the way it's written is almost like someone is reading the story to me, rather than me reading the story. I love that quality in the book.
Lauren Oliver is such a descriptive writer, without being boring or overly wordy or boring, and I was so immersed in this story, the only reason I put it down was to do homework or other important life things. Otherwise, my time was consumed by Liesl and Po. Although this is a MG book, I definitely recommend it to fans of fairy tales and Lauren Oliver. Liesl and Po was such a great story I want Lauren Oliver to write more MG books about fantastical adventures! If you haven't picked this one up yet, you definitely should!