Liesl & Po

Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 307
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)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.
My Summary: Ever since the devastating loss of her father, Liesl has been kept hidden in the attic by her stepmother. Given little food and nothing else to do, Liesl comforts herself with her drawings. 
Liesl's talent catches the eye of a mysterious ghost named Po and his pet Bundle, who keep Liesl company in her dreary prison cell. But once a chain of events is set off and Liesl's father's ashes are mixed up with a box containing something extremely precious, Liesl and Po escape the attic, setting off on an adventure that will - unbeknownst to them - save the world as they know it.
My Thoughts: The minute I found out Lauren Oliver had written a children's book, I knew I'd be reading it - she's one of my all-time favourite authors, and I adore her writing style; the way she intertwines multiple story lines to create one big story is awesome and always well-done. I had extremely high expectations for this novel, and it did not disappoint.
There's a quote that describes Liesl & Po pretty well in my opinion: "You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it's going to be too difficult for grown-ups, you write it for children." Although it is a children's book, Liesl & Po deals with some pretty difficult issues and makes it easy to understand for kids. I loved the concept of the Other Side - the author paints such a vivid picture of Po's world that its impossible to not want to see it.
The writing was flawless as usual, and the characters were great - my favourite were Will and Moe. The drawings were amazing as well, and I thought they really added to the story.
Final Thoughts: I recommend this to parents of kid 8 and up - it would make a great bedtime story or just something you read together. I loved it myself and I'm way too old for children's books, so I think adults and teens would like it as well. Check out out!

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