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."
9 yo dgt and I both read the book and loved it. Easy read, very entertaining. Perfect for tweens.Published on July 15, 2010 by Niki S. Tolomay
Okay, this isn't ground breaking literature or anything. But for a mad-cap, fun filled, adventure it hits the spot. Read morePublished on July 2, 2010 by MJ Ware - Kidlt Author
I loved several things about this oddish story about an overworked, underschooled, ten-year-old girl named Liberty Aimes: its challenging and varied vocabulary; the guts of the... Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Julee Rudolf
My fav book of all time. I am 15 and didn't think I would like it but I was so wrong. The only thing is I downloaded it to my kindle and was made that there is no sequal yet. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by L. A. Hosch
Fun story. Not quite a polished as Dahl, but very well written.
Entertaining from beginning to end. Fun for kids of all ages.
This book is so much fun. My 7 year old read 100 pages the day she got the book! I even can't wait to hear it when she reads! Very captivating.Published on August 23, 2009 by luv2read