Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann

"Oh, the Sly King, the Sly King, in his towers of ash and wind."  
Pikey Thomas doesn’t know how or why he can see the changeling girl. But there she is. Not in the cold, muddy London neighborhood where Pikey lives. Instead, she’s walking through the trees and snow of the
enchanted Old Country or, later, racing through an opulent hall. She’s pale and small, and she has branches growing out of her head. Her name
is Henrietta Kettle.
Pikey’s vision, it turns out, is worth something.
Worth something to Hettie’s brother—a brave adventurer named Bartholomew Kettle. Worth something to the nobleman who protects him. And Pikey is not above bartering—Pikey will do almost anything to escape his past; he’ll do almost anything for a life worth living.
The faeries—save for a mysterious sylph and a mischievous cobble faery or two— have been chased out of London. They’ve all gone north. The army is heading north, too. So Pikey and Bartholomew follow, collecting information, piecing
together clues, searching for the doorway that will lead them to Hettie.
The Whatnot is the enthralling, surprising, and unforgettable companion to Stefan Bachmann’s internationally bestselling debut novel The Peculiar.

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Number of Pages: 368
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

I loved reading The Whatnot, which is the sequel to The Peculiar. This exciting, scary and surprising fantasy story of good humans and evil faeries (goblins & giants) takes place in London in the 1800's. The author writes with rich detail so the fantasy world was believable and I felt like I was right there with the characters. It is a well-written and complex story that can be a little challenging to follow at times, but it is so worth it to stick with it!!! I loved the morals of the story about being your own person and never giving up. I highly recommend that you read The Peculiar first because it will make this book far more enjoyable and easy to read. Recommended for boys and girls ages 9-13. Thank you to HarperCollins Children's books for this great book! 

This book releases in September of 2013! 
Buy Hardcover | $16.99

Happy reading!
Lily, age 12

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