Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. @goodreads
Okay, I love middle grade books and I love Tehereh Mafi's Shatter Me series but it took me awhile to get into this book. But don't get me wrong, I will read it again later on to make sure it wasn't my mood. And the book was crazy cool.
All Alice wants in life is to find her father. He just disappeared one day. Alice doesn't feel like her mother loves her any more and she's not sure she loves her mother. Alice has three younger brothers but they aren't really in the story but for bit parts.
They live in Ferenwood and it's a magical place. It's just different. I would like to explore this world a little more, but it's when you get to Furthermore that everything is cray and dangerous.
This boy named Oliver that Alice has known all of her life says they have to go find Alice's father together because of THINGS. <-- no spoilers. And Alice thinks he's off his nut. Why would he all of the sudden know where her father is and why should she trust him.
Anyhoo, there is no choice and off they go to Furthermore where Oliver has been before and he's trying to keep Alice safe. But, to be honest, she's being a butthead about a lot of things. She's almost gotten them and herself killed doing stupid stuff. Who wants to listen to a boy that knows the rules of Futhermore. (eyeroll)
There are cannibals and paper foxes and so many cool things. Well, they are not all cool, I'm just sayin'.
But in the end, they all found what they were looking for . . .
or did they? I'll never tell!
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