- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0840 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101994762
- ISBN-13: 978-1101994764
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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★ "Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi is a surprising, sensuous, delicious fantasy to devour." -Shelf Awareness, starred review
"[Mafi’s] prose is as fresh and fragrant as the flowers her characters eat, the descriptions so vibrant that at times one can practically smell the words on the page." —New York Times Book Review
★ "A fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Rich, luscious, clever prose." —Kirkus, starred review
About the Author
Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. You can find her online just about anywhere at @TaherehMafi or on her website, www.taherehbooks.com.
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If I had to compare this book to anything I'd have to say it reminds me of a happy version of The Series of Unfortunate Events. The writing style was so similar to Lemonys, but the actual world Mafi built gave me some deep Neverending Story vibes. (The book, not the movie.)
This story is magical, whimsical, adventurous, and heartfelt. This is a story about love, courage, self acceptance, friendship, family, and embracing the strange and unusual. I would recommend this book to children and adults alike.
Bonus review : there is a scene in Furthermore where our main character is having a bath and ultimately being pampered. The purpose of the scene was to make the main character as relaxed as humanely possible. As I was reading this part I actually fell asleep, I was so engrossed into the scene that it gave me the relaxing effect as well. I will honestly remember that warm milky bath for the rest of my life.
This is Tahereh Mafi's debut middle grade novel and boy it doesn't disappoint. Mafi sends a message to reader's that it is okay to be different. Just because you don't fit in with everyone else, it doesn't mean that you are not loved or special. Everyone is unique in his or her own way. Mafi created a masterpiece and a new classic!
The world building is fantastic! Mafi paints the world of Ferenwood and Furthermore perfectly. Her descriptions are lush and vibrant. She captures the emotions of the characters exquisitely. The quirkiness of the book lends itself to all possibilities. Nothing is ruled out in Futhermore. Anything is possible. Alice and Oliver explore different villages in Furthermore, each village with its own quirks and rules. Mafi is extremely creative to make each village one of a kind.
The concept of the Surrender for 12-year-olds is quite interesting. At the young age of 12, each child is given a score after presenting their magical ability. Based on the score, each child is given a task to complete based on their magical ability to better Ferenwood. I found Alice's true talent to be charming and ideal for her.
Alice can be stubborn at times and is definitely not patient. Oliver grounds Alice. Both characters are well-developed and compliment each other well. Even though they have their differences, they have a common goal. I am glad Alice was able to become more open-minded as the story progresses. Also, her love for bangles is very unique and how every month, she buys a bangle for each month her father is gone. Oliver, on the other hand, uses his talent to charm and lie in order to complete his task quite well. Without his persuasion, Alice and Oliver wouldn't have made it through Furthermore. Their friendship started fairly rough but they become the best of friends by the end of the novel.
Futhermore is a splendid and whimsical fairy tale for fans of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. This charming book is one for all ages but be forewarned that there are mentions of cannibalism. Furthermore is a coming-of-age story about acceptance, embracing your talents and discovering your deepest desires.
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow lives in Ferenwood where magic is the lands currency and color is everything. Even in such an unusual place, Alice has always been abnormal. While the entirety of Ferenwoods people are rich in color (dark chocolates, mossy greens, warm cocoas) Alice is devoid of color, stark white. Three years after her Fathers sudden disappearance and spurred by an abysmal showing at her Surrender ceremony, Alice sets off on a journey with an unlikely companion, her childhood nemesis Oliver, to the land of Furthermore to bring him back. Alice and Oliver must combine their talent, wit, and heart to survive the journey through Furthermore with its twisted rules and convoluted regulations. Oh, and try not to be eaten by the locals. Their adventure through Furthermore is perilous and treacherous, yet filled with self discovery and revelations.
This was such a fun, whimsical read; a unique hybrid, something along the lines of Alice and Wonderland and A Wrinkle in Time. Bursting with adventure and strange worlds, comic relief and crippling self doubt, it kept me hooked from page one. Alice was such a quirky, determined character, I loved her spunk and tenacity. She was fierce! The nagging insecurities and desire to fit in really resonates not only with YA readers but with everyone at one point in their life, I feel. It's a struggle we all face at some point. Ferenwood and Furthermore were such wonderfully unique worlds filled with magic and wonder. Paper foxes and shrieking women in pants suits, c'mon what's not to love?! Mafi so eloquently and beautifully brought to life these worlds with her delightfully written prose, alive with imagery. It was truly a breath of fresh air. I cannot recommend this book enough. Such a versatile read that I think people of all ages would really enjoy this one, kids and adults alike.