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Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Liesl & Po

by Lauren Oliver

Other authors: Kei Acedera (Illustrator)

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Liesl is newly orphaned, locked in an attic by the stepmother who poisoned Liesl's father to death. Will is an abused alchemist's apprentice who loves to look up at Liesl's attic window on his exhausting nightly errands. One night, Will accidentally switches two wooden boxes - one contains Liesl's father's ashes, and one contains the most powerful magic in the world - and the story is truly set in motion. With the help of the ghost Po (and ghostly dog/cat Bundle), Liesl escapes the attic, stealing the box she thinks contains her father's ashes, and heads for the train station, back to the house she used to live in, to bury him. Will is also headed for the train station, after the Lady Premier's fury at the alchemist is turned on him for the mistake with the boxes. After several almost-meetings, Liesl and Will find themselves stowing away on a cart, pursued by the enraged Lady Premier and the alchemist; murderous stepmother Augusta; a simple, kind guard called Mo who feels that Will should have a hat; and an interfering old lady and a policeman from the train.

A journey, an adventure, a few near-death experiences, close calls, and one quick trip to The Other Side, and all is right in the end: the good-hearted, kind people are rewarded, and the vicious ones get their comeuppance.

Jim Dale (Harry Potter; The Night Circus) narrates this audiobook, which I'm sure adds an extra dimension of magic to it, but it has plenty of magic of its own; I couldn't help being reminded, over and over, of Lyra and Will from His Dark Materials.


That was the world they lived in: When people were afraid, they did not always do what they knew was right.

This is the strangest thing about the world: how it looks so different from every point of view.

[The magic] was hanging like a curtain just beyond the visible world. ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 12, 2018 |
Liesl and Po became clear not when the story ended, but with the author's note. I understood what everything meant. The hope of seeing a loved one again and letting them go. Very insightful. ( )
  AdrianaGarcia | Jul 10, 2018 |
Really fun book! ( )
  EdenSteffey | Mar 14, 2018 |
I understand why this book was so well liked. A host of interesting characters, some evil, some helpfully good, a lonely young girl who grieves her father while she is alone in the attic where her nasty stepmother placed her. Then, she notices a shadow and next to that shadow is a cat or a dog figure accompanying the ghost with the name of Po.

Pleading with Po to help her communicate with her father, Po agrees to try. Enter a nasty alchemist who also holds a young person hostage. Will happens to watch Liesel from her lonely attic window. He wonders is she might like him and find something special about him. Verbally, emotionally abused by adults, both Will and Leisel find a way to escape.

Then, another near do well grown up known as "the lady premier," wants something that the alchemist had, but the magical box was lost by Oliver.

A lot of characters, and a lot of action might lend for a confusing story, but the author is excellent with character development while rendering the story magical and mystical.

This is an excellent YA book that appeals to young and older alike.

Four Stars. ( )
  Whisper1 | Dec 12, 2017 |
Super creative story line. I was scared that the amount of character view points would be overwhelming, but Lauren Oliver found a way to piece them together well. This is a great story about the balance of acceptance as well as change, and many other valuable life lessons. ( )
  SydnieM | Dec 1, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006201451X, Hardcover)

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.

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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.… (more)

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