Liesl & Po by Lauren OliverLiesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Liesl & Po

byLauren Oliver

Paperback | August 28, 2012

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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places. An E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, it’s perfect for fans of the author’s other middle grade novels: The Spindlers and the Curiosity House series.

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 named Po appears from the darkness.

That same evening, an alchemist's apprentice named Will makes an innocent mistake that has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic,andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy:Delirium, Pandemonium,andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers:T...
Title:Liesl & PoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062014528

ISBN - 13:9780062014528

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liesl & Po Leisl lives in a tiny attic bedrooom locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only are the shadows and mice-until one night a ghost named Po appears from the darkness…
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderous This book captured my daughter and I on the first page and lead us through such a magical journey that I was breathless when we read the very last page. It is a story of a profound magic, an evil hag, a delusional albeit intelligent sorcerer, a girl who wants to fulfill a promise, a shadow who remembers what it's like to be human and a small boy who just wants to find the girl he sees in an attic window in the middle of the night. It is a tale that everyone should read, big or small and absorb the wonder that is this book. I recommend it to everyone, its amazing. ?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 have trouble finding the light. But if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.?
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Tale When Liesl meets Po, he is just a small ghost struggling to be seen. Her friendship helps him gain strength and he returns the favor by helping her pass messages to her father. They strike up an unlikely friendship that will help them turn their grey world into the place it once was and helps to change other people they become involved with along the way. And did I mention the magic? Much like a fairy tale that is close to The Tale of Despereaux, this book would be wonderful to read aloud.
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect to Read with your Child For months now, Liesl has sat at her attic window gazing out upon the town. Usually she sits and draws the world that she no longer enters. Months ago her stepmother told her that the world was too dangerous for her and that she must remain inside where it is safe. After her father passed away, Liesl was even restricted from leaving her tiny room. Will, the alchemist's apprentice, has been watching that girl in her window and he wonders what she is doing up there every evening. He has this sense that he must watch her and protect her when needed. He doesn't realize that he will be the cause of their ultimate meeting. The third party involved with this young girl is Po, he is also attracted to Liesl, or rather he is attracted to her drawing. It isn't until she stops drawing, that Po shows himself. Po is a ghost. This story has all the elements that make me want to keep reading: a very likable heroine, magic, and unlikely hero and an element or two of menace. I found Po to be a most unique character, he or she didn't recall anything about himself or is it herself. All we know it that it is a caring soul. Compare that to the treachery of the adults and Po becomes even more lovable. I want to tell you more about this story, but I'd give away too much. It is lovely though might be a bit scary for a young reader (under 10). Would be perfect to read together snuggled in a big chair. After reading a chapter or two, you might want to sit together with a sketch book and draw your own interpretation of Liesl's artworks. This book is filled with the most wonderful illustrations by artist Kei Acedera. I read an e version of the book, but you will want a paper copy to get the full impact of the images that spread over two facing pages. Why I say it might be scary: there is the evil step-mother and the death of the father. While Po is not a scary ghost, he is still a ghost.
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for everyone! This book is MAGIC. Pure, beautiful, raw magic — the kind that makes you want to be a kid again and let your imagination run wild; the kind that makes you reminisce in the times when black was black and white was white and innocence wasn't a rarity. Liesl & Po may just be a middle grade novel, but I honestly think that anyone will enjoy this book, no matter what age! I adored everything about it: the world, the characters, the magic, the storyline. Even though it may not have been the most unpredictable, there were enough twists and turns to keep me captivated. I don't think there's any way I can tell you just how much I adored this book! It was enchanting and magical and fascinating and pure. The gorgeous illustrations just added to the already beautiful imagery, and the charming characters are sure to always be at the back of my mind. Lauren Oliver has done it again! Absolutely and truly one-hundred percent ineffable, Liesl & Po is a book that's sure to blow you off your feet! I recommend it to anyone who knows how to read or doesn't! :) BUY or BORROW?: Oh my gosh, I can't stress how much you need to buy this enough! The cover and the illustrations and the story inside are all just so beautiful — this is definitely a book you want on your shelf!
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tale For All Ages A Middle Grade Novel That Will Take Your Breath Away Upon the review copy's arrival I immediately fell in love. Though not a guarantee of what the finished copy would look like, the review copy featured a gorgeous cover that depicted it's characters Liesl, Po, Will, the Lady Premiere, Augusta, Mo, The Alchemist, and Lefty. At that moment I was immediately given a taste of Kei Acedera's beautiful artwork. When I opened the novel to the first page I noticed a letter to the reader from Lauren Oliver. In the letter Lauren spoke of how personal Liesl & Po was to her, although she never imaged that the title would ever be published. She mentioned that she had written it in a time of mourning and talked about a friend who had passed away, describing how much she wanted to return their ashes to the water, a place that they found great happiness in life. Her letter immediately struck an emotional cord and I prepared myself to take a plunge into a story that I finally knew was quite important to her. A Beckoning And Pulling Story The tale begins with the protagonist, Liesl, and she mentions that her father has passed away only to leave her in her terribly crude step mother's care. Augusta, Liesl's step mother, revels in her cruel nature, keeping poor little Liesl locked up in the attic with only one candle for light. Liesl, of course, doesn't shout, scream nor cause a ruckus. Liesl simply accepts her fate and passes her time drawing by the windowsill. However what she hadn't noticed during those late night drawing sessions is that a boy, each and every night, has stood in the streets gazing up at her, reveling in her. Whether or not he's in love with her is never really specified in the tale, though I think it's best to think he was intrigued by her. The aforementioned young boy is none other than Will, a young Alchemist's apprentice. On this particular night, though, Will is sent on an errand of the greatest importance. You see, he must deliver two identical boxes, one that holds the most powerful magic created for The Lady Premiere, and another to Liesl's step mother containing the ashes of her father. A simple case of mistaken identity is truly where the story begins, to which was caused by Will and his accidental deliveries to the wrong parties. Liesl, with the help of Po, Bundle, Will and eventually Mo and Lefty, finds herself traveling towards her father's desired resting place whilst also overcoming the daunting hunt for her prized possession from The Lady Premiere and the Alchemist themselves. A Tale For All Ages Although Liesl & Po is a novel directed towards audiences between the ages of 8-12, as a 22 year old I found myself greatly enjoying this particular fantastical adventure. I found myself hoping, praying, and crying, begging for Liesl's success in her endeavours and also found myself enjoying all the interesting, and sometimes odd, characters in Oliver's latest creation. As a wonderfully added bonus, Kei Acedera's artwork was featured throughout the novel, depicting scenes and characters described on the pages. Though the review copy did not provide me with the final finished pieces, I am greatly looking forward to seeing what the final products will look like! Absolutely Captivating! Lauren Oliver's Liesl & Po was far more than I had ever expected, or imagined. It was wonderfully surprising and emotional. I am only too sad that this is a stand alone novel.
Date published: 2011-10-06

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Delirium: “Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable.”