Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman

Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.
In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.
One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.
First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.
Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Number of Pages: 384
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

The Peculiar is a an awesome book that takes the reader on quite an adventure. The story is part murder mystery, part fantasy, part horror story and part adventure--it was a treat for me to find all of my favorite genres in one book. It is uniquely written because the point of view switches with every chapter. The central characters are changelings (half fairy, half human) and some have been murdered and there may be more to come. The story was very exciting for me as one changeling tries to save an entire city. The story is a little complicated to understand at the beginning but I encourage readers to stick with it because they will be rewarded with a great read. I was amazed to learn that the author was 16 when he started writing the book. I cannot wait for his second book and I highly recommend this book for boys and girls, ages 10-14! Thank you to HarperCollins for this wonderful book!

This book is on shelves now! 

Happy reading!
Lily, age 12

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