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The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes

by Kelly Easton

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I added this book to my reading list after seeing Book Aunt's delightful review. Of course, it then sat on my shelf, and was renewed, and sat on my shelf, and was renewed, until somebody put a hold on it and I gulped it down last night!

In a Dahlesqian world, Liberty Aimes is a miserable Cinderella, cooking huge piles of fried foods for her monstrous mother and trying to stay away from her nasty and evil father, Sal. But one day a series of events inspire her to break the rules and try something new and scary and she manages to live up to her name for the first time in her unhappy life. She'll encounter magical potions, mutated animals, sweet-talking villains, and more before she finally finds her happy ending.

Verdict: With villains of Dahlesquian proportions, editorial asides a la Snicket, and a suprise around every corner, kids who like realistic fantasy with a wacky flavor will love this story. Pair this with Suzanne Selfors' Fortune's Magic Farm and pass out to fans of Dahl and Snicket!

ISBN: 978-0375837715; Published June 2009 by Wendy Lamb; Borrowed from the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jan 1, 2012 |
Save for the fact that she is imprisoned in her own home by her never-do-well parents, Liberty Aimes is like any other ten-year old girl—curious, high-spirited, and full of imagination. When a forbidden trip into her father’s secret laboratory leads her into a tricky situation, Liberty doesn’t panic—she just pops out the magical Lifting Soda and floats away into new adventures. Along the way, characters like Birdbrain and No Name help Liberty try to figure out just what her Destiny might be. Told with a seemingly unending supply of optimism, The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes is a tale about remaining upbeat even when things seem impossible. While the story is light and quirky, occasional moments of advice interrupt the whimsy and feel forced and out of place (ex: “If you are a child facing such a crisis, it helps to talk to a trusted grown-up.”). The story also wraps up a bit too quickly, leaving readers wondering about the fate of Liberty. Scattered illustrations by Greg Swearingen complement the whimsical nature of the tale. For ages 8-12. Additional purchase. ( )
  aakauff | Oct 6, 2011 |
This novel is charming and heartwarming. Liberty (though everyone calls her Libby) lives with her parents at 33 Gooch St. Her parents are like a nursery rhyme: Jack Sprat could eat no fat. His wife could eat no lean. Her father is tall, thin, and "a friggin genius". Her mother is tremendously fat and dreams about being on a makeover show. The only other person who know that Liberty even exists is the Worm man who lives across the road. One day opportunity knocks and Liberty gets her hands on one of her father's inventions, which allows her to leave home in an unconventional manner. Soon she is out in the wide world meeting scoundrels, clowns, mimes, lions, pigeons, and cats in her quest to attend the perfect boarding school where she can read books and never see her father again. ( )
  little_prof | Jan 19, 2010 |
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For Randall Easton Wickham, and for Isaac, and for my family
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Once upon a time, and in a place like here, there existed a crooked house.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037583771X, Hardcover)

Everyone has a destiny. Sometimes it takes an adventure to find it.

Liberty Aimes has spent all of her ten years captive in her parents' crooked house on Gooch Street. Her spry father, Mal Aimes, is a crook who sells insurance, while her overweight mother sits at home in front of the TV, demanding that Liberty cook nonstop. Liberty’s only knowledge of the outside world comes from the secret stash of children’s books and fairy tales she discovers beneath the floorboards. One day, Liberty enters her father’s forbidden basement laboratory. There she discovers a world of talking animals and magic potions. With the aid of one such potion, Liberty escapes into the world in search of her destiny.

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Ten-year-old Libby Aimes escapes her prison-like home by using a strange concoction of her father's, then tries to make her way to the boarding school of her dreams, aided by various people and animals.

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