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“A wonderfully imaginative, startlingly moving and at times wickedly funny fantasy. With nods to Dahl, Dickens, the Grimms and even Burnett, the author has made something truly original. Acedera’s frequent black-and-white illustrations are a perfect complement. An irresistible read: This book sings.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Classic fairy tale elements weave throughout this spirited, old-fashioned adventure. Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“With her third book, Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall; Delirium) creates another highly original world, this one for middle-grade readers. Oliver introduces orphans Liesl and Will, a touch of magic, some delectable coincidences, and friendship that stretches from the Living Side to the Other Side.” (Shelf Awareness)

“A gorgeous story--timeless and magical.” (Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me)

“Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver brings much-needed magic to an increasingly neglected age group. It’s books like this, with its classic quest plot, intertwined with lyrical metaphysics, that can set a child up for life.” (The Sunday Telegraph)

“An absolute delight...Although aimed at younger readers, the lightness of touch and the tenderness of the message could make grown men weep.” (Daily Mail (London))

Praise for Before I Fall:“Oliver’s debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful....readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Praise for Before I Fall:“Samantha’s attempts to save her life and right the wrongs she has caused are precisely what will draw readers into this complex story and keep them turning pages until Sam succeeds in living her last day the right way.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

Praise for Before I Fall:“Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed.” (ALA Booklist)

Praise for Before I Fall:“This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!” (Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why)

Praise for Before I Fall:“Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live—and die.” (Carolyn Mackler, author of Tangled and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, a Printz Honor book)

Praise for Delirium:“In [Oliver’s] dystopian America, love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord. Lena’s gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror. The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Praise for Delirium:“Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006201451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062014511
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Widman VINE VOICE on September 6, 2011
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Liesl and Po is a sweet fairy tale-esque tale for children (and young at heart adults). There's a dash of Cinderella (as Liesl is a lonely little girl who has been banished to the attic by her mean/evil stepmother) plus a taste of Dahl's Matilda- in the existence of mysterious magic and the madcap adventures. Liesl spends her days alone with only the dim memories of a former life and her sketchbook to keep her company. Will, the apprentice to the town's alchemist, has a lonely life too. He works for a crazy man who yells at him constantly saying that he is useless and worthless. So here you have two children who have no light in their depressing live. They have no family, or friends, or love, or hope. It's a pretty sad life, just as dark and dreary as the town they live in- with no sun, most crops are not able to survive- so they eat everything made of potatoes...

One day, Liesl meets Po, a ghost from the Other Side, a mysterious dimension of wandering souls that haven't moved on, and have lost most memories of their previous lives. They become shadows that don't even remember if they're male or female. Animals are indistinguishable from a cat or dog. Po and Liesl work together to escape the attic and bring Liesl's father's ashes to bury next to her mother's grave. But the box that they carry does not hold ashes but rather a great amount of magic. Will dropped off box of ashes to the Lady Premiere and box of magic to Liesl's stepmother. Will is chased out of town because of his mistake and crosses paths with Liesl. Now they work together to get their destination.

I didn't quite know what to expect with this story. After reading and enjoying Oliver's Delirium, I tried to read Before I Fall- and just couldn't get into it. Liesl and Po is a completely different type of story.
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When you look back to your childhood, what classic stories do you treasure? A Little Princess? The Secret Garden? Matilda? The books that linger in our memories as adults all seem to have a certain magic. Maybe the book actually is about magic or maybe it captures the figurative magic of childhood that we could bottle up as an elixir and drink. Liesl & Po is one of those magical books that children fifty years from now will love as much as children today.

Liesl & Po is a book of friendship and loneliness, of greed and generosity, of death and life. Liesl is mourning the death of her father and suffering alone in the attic, where her evil stepmother has locked her up. Alone that is until a ghost named Po shows up one night with his animal (maybe cat, maybe dog) named Bundle. Liesl needs Po to get in touch with her father. Po needs Liesl to reconnect with the living. Further away, Will walks the streets alone at night on errands for his boss, the Alchemist. He may not be locked up in an attic, but he is every much as trapped as Liesl. We watch as all three lives collide and then travel together in an exciting and heartwarming adventure.

Lauren Oliver created three fabulous characters. Liesl seems the essence of naivete as she sits in the attic not questioning her stepmother's actions. But we soon learn that she is creative, stubborn, and brave as she pushes Po to find her father and eventually escapes the attic. Po is by far my favorite character. It is young yet it is not. It has the knowledge and arrogance of an eternal soul, but expresses itself in the manner of a petulant child. Will is clumsy, somewhat immature, and has the insecurity of an abused child. Yet he is also kind, loyal and goofy.
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"The girls went to work in the Cloverstown factories, sewing day in and day out,
stitching cheap linens and hat linings until they eyes gave out and they went
blind, or stirring large vats of poisonous chemicals until, one day, their minds
went soft as cheese that had been left too long in the heat. The end result was
always the same: They ended up beggars, endlessly walking the filthy, teeming
streets; begging money from people hardly richer or better off than they were."


I must say LIESL AND PO was not my cup of tea. I'm a person that likes dystopias, adores them really, but this was just oppressive without enough action and suspense to support the grim elements. THE ROAD was upbeat in comparison.

And I certainly would never ever consider giving this book to my 9 year old-son to read. Far too grim. Nor to my 11 year-old daughter for that matter. Though in the latter case because I can think of 100s of books she should try first. Books with great characters, innovative concepts, something to teach, something just plain fun... which this book doesn't offer. No I'd rather suggest Captain Underpants, or Hatchet, or Holes to her or other kids her age. There's a universe of fantasy, scifi, and just plain fun stuff to read before L&P.

So NOT for me and mine. But before you decide for yourself, read the other reviews, and remember "not all books are for all people".

**Suitable for middle-schoolers and older readers who like slow paced, macabre storylines.
**No Lexile reading information is available at present.
**Initial Accelerated Reading number suggest 4th Grade level.

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