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Liesl & Po

Liesl & Po

Escrito por Lauren Oliver e Kei Acedera

Narrado por Jim Dale


Liesl & Po

Escrito por Lauren Oliver e Kei Acedera

Narrado por Jim Dale

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Oct 4, 2011
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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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Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year. Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms. Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.” Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios. Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University. www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

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  • (4/5)
    Really fun book!
  • (4/5)
    I got an advanced copy of this book for review from the publisher. It was a wonderful book, beautiful and poignant, I enjoyed it a lot. The advanced reading copy itself is one of the nicest I have ever received with beautiful embossing, raw page egdes, and wonderful pictures.Liesl is locked in the attic by her evil stepmother after her father dies. Her only friends are her drawings; that is until a ghost named Po appears and helps her to escape. Little does Lisle know that her escape entwines her fate with the fate of a boy named Will. Will is an alcemist's apprentice and has accidentally mixed up the box containing Liesl's father's ashes and a box containing the greatest magic ever made. Liesl is on a quest to bury her father's ashes at their old country home, but unknowingly is carrying around a great magic. Will, Po, and Liesl will end up on a great adventure, dodging danger, and learning how to live and how to say good-bye to those who we have lost.This was an excellent book. It takes place in Victorian times and has that dark tone to it; it's been many years since anyone has seen the sun. The pictures reflect this and are absolutely beautiful; they add a lot to this story. Lauren Oliver has a forward in this book talking about how she wrote this after a good friend's death, that definitely reflects in the story. Liesl is struggling with her father's death and much of this story touches on how we can let go of someone we loved so much and how to say good-bye. It also asks questions about what happens after death.Liesl is an excellent character; she is so accepting of her situation as horrible as it is. When an opportunity presents itself to escape though, she goes for it and embarks on a wonderful adventure. Po and his pet, Bundle, are mysterious and interesting characters...they are both neither female or male they just are. I love how Liesl's and Will's stories weave in and out of each other and eventually entwine, the plot is cleverly done and makes the book hard to put down. I read this book in one night; I just couldn't stop.There is a lot of a fairy tale feel to this book too; Liesl has an evil stepmother, there are mix-ups of boxes, and magic is unleashed upon the world. I love how Liesl accepting her father's death also relates to the box of the most powerful magic in the world.The book ties up beautifully. It was a very good read. The only thing I wanted a bit more of was description so that I could really imagine the surroundings in my mind; but that's a small thing...overall I really enjoyed the story.Overall a beautiful and poignant story that is full of adventure and magic, but also touches on serious topics of death and what happens after death. The setting is bleak put there are points of hope and sunniness throughout. The characters will capture your heart and the plot is so engaging it makes the book impossible to put down. I can't wait to read some of Oliver's other books. She writes such a wide breadth of different types of books. I think anyone who enjoys historical fantasties age middle grade or older will enjoy this book. If you enjoy this book I would also recommend The Clockwork Three by Mathew Kirby, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and The Tales of the Sinister City series by F.E. Higgins.
  • (4/5)
    So so wonderful.
  • (5/5)
    A great read!
  • (4/5)
    Love the story, and listening to Jim Dale read it aloud, of course. The ending was a bit...Eh....but the characters are wonderful and the psychology excellent.
  • (4/5)
    Quite ineffable. :)
  • (4/5)
    I understand why this book was so well liked. A host of interesting characters, some evil, some helpfully good, a lonely young girl who grieves her father while she is alone in the attic where her nasty stepmother placed her. Then, she notices a shadow and next to that shadow is a cat or a dog figure accompanying the ghost with the name of Po.Pleading with Po to help her communicate with her father, Po agrees to try. Enter a nasty alchemist who also holds a young person hostage. Will happens to watch Liesel from her lonely attic window. He wonders is she might like him and find something special about him. Verbally, emotionally abused by adults, both Will and Leisel find a way to escape. Then, another near do well grown up known as "the lady premier," wants something that the alchemist had, but the magical box was lost by Oliver.A lot of characters, and a lot of action might lend for a confusing story, but the author is excellent with character development while rendering the story magical and mystical.This is an excellent YA book that appeals to young and older alike.Four Stars.
  • (5/5)
    What a supremely imaginative, delightful story! It is very rare that you come across full length novels that remind you of stories you remember as a child. For me, "Leisl & Po" is one of those stories that will live on in your memory for years to come.After reading the book and Lauren Oliver's reasons for having written it, I have to say with as much loss as I have suffered of my own over the years, this book most certainly holds a place in my heart and always will. "Leisl & Po" is not just an exciting adventure but a book that gives one hope for a life beyond the existence we currently live in, while simultaneously providing hope that no matter how harsh this life can seem that there is still magic to be found if only we believe.My recommendation of this book comes extremely high, and I hope both young and old will obtain a copy and come to treasure it as well.
  • (4/5)
    Listened to it on audiobooks. Loved this story!
  • (3/5)
    I can't decide if I liked it or not, so 3 stars. It's probably something I would have really liked when I was younger.
  • (4/5)
    One night, shortly after the death of her beloved father, Liesl (a Cinderella-like young girl confined to an attic bedroom by a cruel stepmother) is visited by Po, a ghost. Drawn to her sad sweetness and her artistic talent, Po and his ghostly animal companion Bundle are soon caught up in a plan to help Liesl escape the attic and take the ashes of her dead father to the country home where Liesl's mother is buried. Po is not the only one who has been drawn to Leisl's sweetness: Will, an apothecary's apprentice, has noticed her face at the attic window and dreamed of meeting her. When their paths cross on the way out of the city, the three children (two corporeal, one ghostly) find themselves caught up in a larger adventure than they ever expected.I thought the writing was strong in this story, but the plot was weak. There are too many coincidences, and too many people who behave in unbelievable ways in order to ensure they are in the right place at the right time, plot-wise (for instance, there is an old woman on a train who apparently decides that Liesl is a menace to society because Liesl appears to be talking to herself, and so the old woman manages to convince a police officer to accompany her in a cross-country chase to catch the girl. It's necessary to the plot that the police officer be at the denouement, but it doesn't make sense to me that he would allow himself to be caught up in the chase for a child who has not broken any laws). I can see how some children might enjoy this story (it has courageous children and evil grown-ups and lots of adventure and danger), but mature fantasy readers will probably find that there are just too many plot holes to fall into.I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Jim Dale, who has just the right sort of voice for this type of story. While I don't much care for his interpretation of the Harry Potter books, I thought he did well by this one.
  • (3/5)
    i wanted to read this book so much, i actually bought it. i should have waited. after reading the night circus and tne girl who circumnavigated fairyland, i was ready for another story that swept me into another story and another world. i didnt get that. its a good story but it wasnt as good as i expected so id have to say i was disappointed. i would recommend it for its target audience, nothing more. oh, i did like the illustrations.
  • (4/5)
    Very much the kind of feeling and experience as Tuesdays At The Castle. Although not at all the same style or type of story the limited comment would still apply.
  • (5/5)
    I really liked this younger adult story of a girl and her ghostly best friend. I listened to the audio for this because I think Jim Dale is a wonderful narrator, and I wasn't disappointed at all. I did also look at the paper copy of the book because the illustrations are lauded, and they did add to the text.In a way, Lauren Oliver turns some fairy tale tropes on their ears, by not using them in the way you would expect by the end. After all, Liesl is a stepdaughter whose father has died and whose stepmother locks her in an attic. Will is an abused apprentice of a cruel master. These are stereotypes that could have been cliche but were not. The addition of Po was a cool aspect of the story.Mo was my favorite character, with his big heart of gold. His role throughout was refreshing, funny, and sweet. He really helped pull the story together.I always like books that bring disparate characters together in the end, linking up everyone like the characters in a Dickens novel, and Liesl & Po did just that. While the ending may be considered a bit trite, with everyone getting his or her dues, it is obviously not a complex adult novel that doesn't deserve a happy ending.I think anyone would like to read or listen to this sweet story, especially with its happy ending.
  • (3/5)
    This one was okay. Oliver is a very gifted prose writer, but I have felt let down by each of her books since Before I Fall.
  • (4/5)
    This was a very satisfying book to read. The ending in particular, made me happy. This book made me think about what it would be like to be a ghost. I liked this book because it was similar to A LITTLE PRINCESS. I love books where a poor neglected girl succeeds.
  • (3/5)
    I wanted to love this book, and as a child I'm pretty sure I would have loved this book, but as a cynical adult I only liked it. I liked the fairy tale, magical feeling of the book. I liked the writing. I disliked that the adults in the story were all so evil, with the exception of Mo who was really just an adult child. Couldn't we have had SOME adults that were not pure evil? I found it distracting to have Po always referred to as "it". I understand the reason behind it, but it kind of threw me every time. I loved the illustrations in the book, they were beautiful and mystical and magical. However, I think my favorite thing about Liesl & Po was the author's note at the end. Particularly this paragraph:"... Liesl & Po is the embodiment of what writing has always been for me at its purest and most basic - not a paycheck, certainly; not an idea, even; and not an escape. Actually, it is the opposite of an escape; it is a way back in , a way to enter and make sense of a world that occasionally seems harsh and terrible and mystifying."I'm glad I have this book in my library and I hope many of my students read it. I'm sure they will love it.
  • (5/5)
    I just loved this story. It's reminiscent of old children's fairy tales with magic, mayhem, and villains galore.
  • (3/5)
    Narrated by Jim Dale. A disparate set of characters and mishaps comes together around a box that holds magic and another that holds the ashes of Liesl's father. Conservative families will be concerned about the regular references to raising of the dead by the alchemist, not to mention magic, but when it actually comes time for the "dead" to rise, it is unexpectedly lovely and true. The incomparable Jim Dale imbues each character with distinct and amusing personality, making this a great listening experience for family car trips (unless you are an aforementioned conservative family).
  • (4/5)
    This was a very sweet read. I had downloaded a sample, and it hadn't moved me to buy. Right now, though, the e-book is $1.99, so I decided to give it a try. Glad I did!
  • (4/5)
    Loved it! The drawings are incredible and the plot just keeps you reading. I didn't want to put this book down once I had started it and hope that Lauren continues to write many more as well as this one!
  • (5/5)
    What a supremely imaginative, delightful story! It is very rare that you come across full length novels that remind you of stories you remember as a child. For me, "Leisl & Po" is one of those stories that will live on in your memory for years to come.After reading the book and Lauren Oliver's reasons for having written it, I have to say with as much loss as I have suffered of my own over the years, this book most certainly holds a place in my heart and always will. "Leisl & Po" is not just an exciting adventure but a book that gives one hope for a life beyond the existence we currently live in, while simultaneously providing hope that no matter how harsh this life can seem that there is still magic to be found if only we believe.My recommendation of this book comes extremely high, and I hope both young and old will obtain a copy and come to treasure it as well.
  • (5/5)
    Liesl is a young girl, trapped in an attic room by a nasty stepmother. One night she is visited by a ghost named Po. A relationship blossoms, something they both desperately need to move forward in their unusual lives.Will is a hapless and lonely, young apprentice, working for a wicked alchemist. He makes a serious mistake in one of his deliveries, setting him on a course that will change his life forever.How these three meet, is how this lovely fairy-tale progresses. It’s filled with charm, excitement and old-fashioned adventure, that will leave you grinning and cheering this rag-tag trio on. There’s a bit Harry Potter, mixed with a healthy dose of Neil Gaiman. And Oliver’s prose sings:“She liked that word: we. It sounded warm and open, like a hug.” “People could push and pull at you, and poke you, and probe as deep as they could go. They could even tear you apart, bit by bit. But at the heart and root and soul of you, something would remain untouched.” Okay, this is simple: Find a copy and read it! See, that wasn’t hard.
  • (5/5)
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick & Dirty: Take a bunch of unique characters that really have nothing in common and put them together in a fun magical setting, this is what you get with Liesl & Po. I loved this book it was so cute and beautifully written. It is a great read for all ages young and old.Opening Sentence: She was lying in bed in the uniform gray dress of her small attic room when in one corner the shadows seemed to crimp, or flex, and suddenly standing next to her wobbly desk and three-legged chair was a person about her height.The Review: Liesl is a young girl that lives in an attic. Her father recently died and her stepmother is a mean woman who wouldn’t let Liesl say goodbye before it was too late. She misses her father greatly, and the life she had before he got sick. She is a sweet young thing that loves to draw, and tries to make the best with what she has. She gets lonely all by herself in her attic, but she soon makes a new friend. Po is a ghost that resides on the other side. It is neither boy nor girl because these things don’t matter on the other side. It finds itself drawn to a light that is filled with a little girl in the living world. Po doesn’t really remember anything much about the living; it has been on the other side far too long. But then Po meets Liesl and life starts to have meaning again. Liesl asks Po for help in finding her father and helping him to rest peacefully. This takes them on an unexpected adventure filled with magic, danger, and new friends.Meanwhile, Will is a young boy that lives with the mean old alchemist. Will is an orphan and a while back the alchemist adopted him and has tried to make him his apprentice. Will runs errands and tasks all day. One night he happens to notice a light on in a high window of a big house. In this room he sees a beautiful young girl. Ever since that night he has tried to return to that house everyday in hopes to see her again. Tonight Will is on an important mission to deliver a very important package to a very important person, but for the last few nights the girl has been absent from her window. So instead of delivering the package right away like he was ordered, he takes a different route that will bring him by the girls window once again. This leads to a string of events that start a journey that he was expecting.I loved this book. It is a really fun book that has unique characters, magical adventure, and is written so beautifully. The story is enchanting and you can’t help but start to reminisce your own childhood while reading it. There are only a handful of characters in the story but they all play an integral part to the plot. Lauren Oliver weaves a beautiful tale of adventure and loss, which is hard to put down. There are cute illustrations throughout the book that help your imagination start to flow. It is really hard to put into words how much I enjoyed this book, it was that good. So if you have a child that loves to read or you yourself are looking for a fun read, I would highly recommend Liesl & Po to everyone.Notable Scene:Train 128 steamed past the blurry gray countryside, past cracked and blackened fields.Will pressed his nose to the window.Liesl tucked her chin to her knees and slept.Bundle watched over Liesl.Po was a shadow on the wall, unmoving.The old lady with the cane finished searching all the passenger cars, then berated the policeman for letting the crazy little girl with the wooden box get away.Mo, drinking hot chocolate and reading the paper, sat contentedly on an express train to Cloverstown, where he intended to intercept train 128.Lefty licked dribbles of chocolate from Mo’s beard with a small pink tongue.The alchemist and the Lady Premiere arrived at the gates of 31 Highland Avenue, where they had determined the magic had been taken by mistake.A black-haired thief on his way to Gainsville stole two silver pieces from the grave of a dead man.Time ticked forward. Stars collided. Planets were born and died. Everywhere and in every fold and bend of the universe, strange and miraculous things happened.And so it was, just then.FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Liesl & Po. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
  • (5/5)
    Liesl & Po is Lauren Oliver’s charming middle-grade debut. I have greatly loved this author’s YA books, and though each book is vastly different, her wonderful storytelling is consistent. Ms. Oliver always manages to surprise and impress me with the emotional depth of her characters. Liesl & Po is no different and I enjoyed the dark, magical ghost story feel to it and all the whimsical characters. This deeply personal story is inspired by the death of the author’s best friend, and is something that haunted the pages as I read the book. I think many will be able to relate to the subject matter, and will enjoy the fantasy elements involved as well. To use Liesl’s favorite word, I enjoyed the story ineffably much.

    Like a fairy tale, the story begins with Liesl, a young girl who has been locked in an attic by her evil stepmother. Her father has recently died, and now she’s on her own, drawing pictures in the attic. One night a ghost named Po and his ghostly pet Bundle pop in and she asks for Po’s help to find her father on the Other Side. Meanwhile, a young alchemist’s apprentice named Will is sent on an errand to deliver a powerful box of magic, but mistakenly delivers the wrong box. This mix up sets off a sequence of events that brings the story full circle for this eccentric group of characters, and they must go on a journey to make things right.

    The story takes place in a bleak, undetermined place where food and money are scarce. The mood is dark, and the setting is literally dark, as the sun hasn’t shone for years. But there is a ray of hope in the characters as they work together to help each other along the way. Liesl is courageous, determined and hopeful, even though she has suffered so much in her young life. Po is a ghost of few words, and is someone who needs Liesl as much as she needs him. The ghostly cat/dog Bundle is adorable too and always there to chime in with a “Mwark”. And young Will is sweet in his obvious affection for Liesl. There are many lighthearted moments between the characters that keep the story from ever being too heavy.

    The story is magical and endearing, and the fantasy elements make it easy to imagine it as a movie. Though the subject matter is dark, the touching alliance of the characters brings a ray of hope. The illustrations by Kei Acedara are gorgeous and complement the story perfectly. Recommended for fans of Lauren Oliver’s writing and those that enjoy middle grade and fantasy books. An enchanting read.

  • (5/5)
    Such a beautiful and poignant story. I'm glad that I read the hard copy and didn't listen to the audio version, because Kei Acedera's illustrations really enhance Oliver's dreamy tone. And Lauren Oliver's note at the end about her heartbreaking inspiration for the story and how personal it is to her brings a whole new depth. This book was a treat that I'd saved for Christmas break because I didn't want the distractions and busy-ness of school to get in the way, and I'm so glad I did... it's truly a story to curl up with and savor.
  • (2/5)
    This was my second attempt at Liesl & Po. Earlier, I abandoned it after just a chapter or two, but Wendy gently reminded me that she had recommended it. So I dutifully got it from the library again, and this time I read the whole thing.

    It didn't work very well for me, though I did tear up at the end, because, well, who wouldn't? I was most charmed by the ghost and the ghostly pet. The adults were all cut from cardboard. The worldbuilding was lacking, in my eyes. Why did the alchemist have the power to basically turn the sun off with his magic but he was otherwise incompetent and bumbling? I know it's a middle-grade novel, skimping on the background details isn't unheard of, and stupid/mean adults are common- but I came away with no real understanding of the motivating force behind Will, no good reasons for some of his actions. The plot, for all the elements of freshness (and there were several) was far too predictable and pat.

    The part I liked best was the Author's Note, and after I read it, I did find myself liking the book more because of it. The Author's Note brought it from a one star book to a two star book for me.
  • (4/5)
    A beautifully written, charming and magical story.
  • (4/5)
    I usually skip the forwards to books, but this one caught my attention and now I'm a little perplexed. I honestly don't know how I'd feel about Liesl & Po if I hadn't read the forward. Differently, for sure. Maybe I'd like it just as much. But reading the forward makes the book so much more poignant that even when I noticed something that might irritate me elsewhere - a heap of coincidences, for example - I didn't mind.

    Liesl & Po is pure and strange in the way of fairy tales, beautiful even when it's grim, bursting with wonder and deep feeling. The characters aren't fully fleshed but they're vibrantly alive, and the trio of protagonists - the titular Liesl & Po, as well as the alchemist's apprentice, Will - are darling and easy to root for.

    The book is about Liesl's journey to lay her father's ashes to rest by her mother's grave - except that, thanks to Will, she doesn't have her father's ashes. Unbeknownst to Liesl, she's carrying a box of very powerful magic. Things move along from there, with a whole crowd of people converging on the Red House, where the grave is located, all at once, and all wanting something. The story is simple but it contains some unexpected revelations - why did Liesl's stepmother lock her in the attic? What is this powerful magic, and how did the alchemist make it? Why is the Lady Premiere so upset by the smell of cabbage? Is Bundle the ghost a dog or a cat?

    The book has some unexpected humor as well. Po's grumpiness can be hilarious. One side-effect of the tragic loss of sunlight in Liesl & Po's world is that most crops won't grow, leaving people to subsist on potatoes...which is pretty grim, yes, but I still laughed every time I read about eating a potato donut.

    This is a marvelous book, highly recommended for young readers and for adults who want to feel young.
  • (4/5)
    I think this book could make a really great computer animated movie. The story was sometimes a little sad and dark, but it was still a great story that really has you feeling for some characters, and despising others (I even got a little teary-eyed towards the end). An orphan girl, Liesl, who has been locked in the attic by her stepmother, meets a ghost, Po, who comes to visit her one night. That same night an alchemist's apprentice, Will, creates a mix-up involving great magic, and runs away to avoid punishment. The kids, and ghost, meet up and join forces for a very important journey, while being tracked down by those they ran away from.