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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books; 1 edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037583771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375837715
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3–6—Ten-year-old Liberty has never been let out of her decrepit house on 33 Gooch Street, and her massively obese mother, Sal, doesn't dare leave either. Only Liberty's dreadful father, Mal, a self-described "friggin' genius," comes and goes. As Liberty discovers one day, he really is a genius (the evil sort) and has invented, among other things, potions for communicating with animals and for levitating. Using these devices to escape, Liberty sets off on a search for what she feels must be heaven on Earth—a boarding school called the Sullivan School—meeting friends, dodging scoundrels, and having adventures along the way. Liberty's reactions to the quirky folks and talking animals she meets and the strange situations she finds herself in are naive and full of wonderment, but also commonsensical. While the circumstances are reminiscent of those in Roald Dahl's work, particularly the many intensely nasty grown-ups, the understated humor and friendly, imperturbable tone of the narration bring to mind the fantasies of Eva Ibbotson. The charming illustrations sprinkled throughout add immense appeal to this warm, delightfully odd fantasy.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Review, Family Fun, September 2009:
"The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes evokes the work of Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll."

More About the Author

Kelly Easton grew up in Los Angeles, California. From the time she can first remember, she was obsessed with the destruction of the beauty of the area, orange groves and strawberry fields and charming downtowns, by the suburban sprawl of the seventies. Her search for the perfect place has sent her all over the place, most recently North Carolina and now New England.

Kelly has an MFA in playwriting from UC San Diego. She teaches in a low residency MFA program in writing for children and young adults at Hamline University, and lives on islands in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She also teaches creative writing to kids in summer workshops, and helps other writers edit their books. Kelly lives with her husband, Michael Ruben, and their children: Isaac, Isabelle, Mollie and Rebecca (plus their dog Garfield). She has just finished her first adult novel, Dreams in the Land of Photographs. You can reach her through her website: www.kellyeaston.com

Kelly's novels have won many awards, among them, the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award, the ASTAL Middle School Book of the Year Award, NYPL Book For the Teen Age, Kentucky Bluegrass Masterlist (Hiroshima Dreams); an ALA Quick Pick listing, and nomination for the ABE award, 2010 (Aftershock); Atlanta parents Best Book, and NYPL Book for the Teen Age (White Magic); a Boston Author's Club Award, Westcherster's Choice Best Book, CCBC Best Books selection (Walking on Air); and a Golden Kite Honor, Booksense Top Ten (The Life History of a Star). Her newest book, The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes, is a Jr. Library Guild selection.

She loves to hear from readers!

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Not quite a polished as Dahl, but very well written.
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I recommend this to anyone...it is so good and interesting.
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I read it every single day and could not put it down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Baines on June 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes" is a fantastic, fun, smart book. It should be in everyone's library, young or old. Liberty Aimes has the makings of a classic, sitting alongside Lemony Snicket and Dr. Seuss. If this isn't made into a movie, I'll be very surprised because the characters are so alive and vibrantly leaping out of the book.

Greg Swearingen has done a marvelous job with the illustrations, adding another layer of warmth and depth to the whimsical adventure.

The story is engaging and exciting and a lot of it is laugh out loud funny but there are also many themes running through the book that provide opportunities for intelligent conversation:

"In Eastern philosophy, breathing is the key to enlightenment. For the next half hour, Libby was very unenlightened: She was holding her breath."

These opportunities are so sensitively written that it never feels like a lesson, only a new word or concept. The above phrase is almost a puzzle with the laugh at the end being the prize for working it out.

I need to find a kid to read it with because it's just too good not to share.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alice Berger on September 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Life at 33 Gooch isn't exactly what most children dream of. In fact, it more resembles the life poor Cinderella had, before being rescued by the prince. "Homeschooled" by her parents, Liberty Aimes is not allowed outside, and does all the cooking and cleaning.

But one day, life changes more than she could have imagined, and Liberty finds herself outside her odd, little home. With the goal of reaching the renowned Sullivan School, she makes her way across the city, running into strange characters - some of which she learns the hard way are scoundrels.

Unlike Cinderella, Liberty doesn't meet a prince. But she does meet some very nice people who try to help her on her adventure. And ultimately, one of the meanest scoundrels finally meets justice.

This fun story will keep children involved from the first moment they meet Liberty. Although beaten down verbally, she shows remarkable pluck and determination to make something of herself. And the wacky cast of characters she runs into will keep kids chuckling at their antics. I highly recommend The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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By Grant Dawson on August 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It is perfect for people who like adventuresome books. She finds her true purpose and she has an amazing adventure
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By kassidy frayne on June 6, 2013
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Very interesting and very fun. I felt transported in to the book. Which is very hard for me to find a book like this. But there should be a second book. <3
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A Kid's Review on September 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
ITS A GREAT BOOK !!!!! I loved it this girl called liberty has real mean parents well her dads the worst but she has to cook for them and do all the house work and that kind of stuff but then she goes into her fathers "so called science lab and discovers a bottle of ointment called lifting soda she tries it out and suddenly starts fly and so she escapes !
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By Maddy on March 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Personaly, I really enjoyed this book. I was really busy at the time I read it but when I had the time, I would read for a very long time. I read this book when I was in a school Language Arts class. I read it every single day and could not put it down. I remember at times it could be a little hard to comprehend, or also really... boring.
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9 yo dgt and I both read the book and loved it. Easy read, very entertaining. Perfect for tweens.
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