Liesl & Po

Liesl & Po

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A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will, an alchemist's runaway apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey.
A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will, an alchemist's runaway apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
ISBN: 9780062014511
Characteristics: 307 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Acedera, Kei - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Liesl and Po.


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Jan 25, 2021

D/l audio

Oct 08, 2020

Should've been charming but was rather boring.. none of the characters appealed. Meh. I didn't bother to finish it.

Jul 24, 2020

This might actually be my favourite book of all time.

Feb 12, 2019

What a sweet story of love and loss. Do yourself a favor and grab the audio book, Jim Dale (narrator) is AMAZING.

ChristchurchLib Jun 23, 2016

After her father dies and her stepmother locks her in the attic, young Liesl meets a ghost named Po, who has a message for her about where she should bury her father's ashes. But after Liesl escapes the attic to follow Po's instructions, a mix-up involving two boxes -- one that holds her father's ashes and the other containing the most powerful magic in the world -- makes her adventures much more interesting (and dangerous) than they might have been. With just the right mix of sadness, humour, adventure, and magic, Liesl & Po is an unusual and very original fantasy that you won't want to miss.

jowoon Feb 28, 2016

Awesome Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Everyone should read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 25, 2014

This book is quite morbid, so if you are not prepared for dwelling on death, you may want to avoid.

May 15, 2014

Liesl and Po is an absolute treasure among children’s classics. It manages to perfect knit together fantasy with adventure, sprinkled with a bit of tragedy and humor. It’s the kind of book that you want to grow old with and hold dear, and it’s the kind of book that – in my opinion – everyone should read. Including adults. This novel (by the talented Lauren Oliver) follows the life of Liesl, a young girl who, after her father passes away, is locked away in the attic by her cruel stepmother. Unlike Cinderella, however, Liesl does not have to clean or do any chores. She’s simply condemned to live her life alone, and spends her days looking out the window and dreaming of a better life. This sadness is only made more melancholy by the unusual characteristics of the world she inhabits. There is no light in this world. No sun. It is dark and dry. Plants have stopped growing. There is little to no colour. There is an interesting reason for this, too, however, that is revealed later in the book. Liesl is soon visited by a ghost named Po. Po comes from the Other Side, and talks to Liesl. He tells her about what life on the Other Side is like. Liesl anxiously asks him questions about her father, and he provides whatever answers he can, in exchange for drawings. They cure each other’s loneliness. On the same night, Will – an alchemist’s apprentice – makes a dire mistake. During an errand, he accidentally mixes a box with the most important magic in the entire world with a less-than-spectacular substance. With his mentor out for his life, Will runs away, and soon finds Liesl and Po, who have run away from Liesl’s abusive home. The three are wrapped up in an adventure together, as they try to avoid their various tormentors and try to figure out the mystery behind the missing sun and the magic they have in their grasp. One of the best things about this book is how true it stays to its message about friendship and hope. It’s not outright said, but shown through subtle moments and hints, that you only catch yourself smiling at later. It’s a very dear bond the three of them share, and their various unique characteristics gives them a quirky, melancholy feel. The entire book feels melancholy, like something out of a dream. The friendship and the wit lights up the dark world it takes place in, and fills the reader with a deep longing for something they can’t quite place. As usual, Lauren Oliver displays brilliant ability when it comes to storytelling. She’s able to string together events and secrets and create a story that borders on mystery, with little snippets of information hidden away. And when those snippets later reveal themselves, the reader can usually understand immediately how it ties in with earlier information. The realization is a delightful experience, and it shows just how talented Lauren Oliver is. The characters are extremely fascinating, in different ways. They all have secret pasts, with hidden pain and angst. Will’s quiet and unassuming nature contrasts Po’s sarcasm and sass. And Liesl is there to fuse the tension between the two, with her warm and artistic quality. They all have their own reasons for going on the journey. But it’s what they share – rather than what separates them – that really shows just how close they are, and how unique their bond is. These three resemble a Golden Trio similar to other children’s books, but their quirks and interests make them all the more interesting and relatable. Liesl and Po is a modern fairytale, the kind of book you want to read on a rainy day. And I recommend it to anyone that’s looking for some hope, or something to keep them going when things get dark.

Mar 22, 2014

Hmmm, what can I say about this? Well, it's very dark, insipid and characterless. The world is so similar yet different in such an onerous way of life that is is surprising that anyone is alive or trying to live. The main male character is automatically in love with the main female character in such a objectifying way that it churns my stomach to think that young girls will read this, and think that this is a proper way to be treated!

Oct 10, 2013

When Liesl meets Po, he is just a small ghost struggling to be seen. Her friendship helps him gain strength and he returns the favor by helping her pass messages to her father. They strike up an unlikely friendship that will help them turn their grey world into the place it once was and helps to change other people they become involved with along the way. And did I mention the magic? Much like a fairy tale that is close to The Tale of Despereaux, this book would be wonderful to read aloud.

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Oct 25, 2014

princesspupule thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 21, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

branch_reviews Mar 25, 2013

branch_reviews thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11

Dimmu16 May 28, 2012

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Jul 21, 2014

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 named Po appears from the darkness.

That same evening, an alchemist's apprentice named Will makes an innocent mistake that has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

Dimmu16 Jun 24, 2012

Liesl & Po is the story of 3 children, Liesl, Po, Will, and the people around them (kind and evil). Liesl is locked away for about a year or more (not really mentioned how long) she is very neglected. Her only joy is to draw. Po who visits her one night has seen her drawings and quite likes them. Liesl discovering that Po is a ghost asks him to find her dead Father so that she could tell him goodbye (which she never got the chance to do). Po says he/her will do it if she draws him/her a train (Po is a girl/boy). The story then switches to Will who works for a mean alchemis. He is running arounds for him and must deliver a box of MAGIC to Lady premier (which he had to deliver first but decided to stop at Mr grays to pick up some gros things). Will accidently mixes the boy of Magic with the aches of Liesl's father!

Then the story works from this huge mix up!


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