The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone
I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think - I hardly knew my parents.Bronte Mettlestone's parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. She's had a perfectly pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons - and no adventures, thank you very much. But Bronte's parents have left extremely detailed (and bossy) instructions for Bronte in their will. The instructions must be followed to the letter, or disaster will befall Bronte's home. She is to travel the kingdoms and empires, perfectly alone, delivering special gifts to her ten other aunts. There is a farmer aunt who owns an orange orchard and a veterinarian aunt who specialises in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship together and a former rockstar aunt who is now the reigning monarch of a small kingdom. Now, armed with only her parents' instructions, a chest full of strange gifts and her own strong will, Bronte must journey forth to face dragons, Chief Detectives and pirates - and the gathering suspicion that there might be something more to her extremely inconvenient quest than meets the eye...From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a fantastic tale of high intrigue, grand adventure and an abundance of aunts.

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone Details

TitleThe Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 2017
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone Review

  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    I stayed up very late to finish because I could not put the book down. It's addictive, deceptively sweet, and entirely satisfying.
  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Imaginative, funny - just perfect. Bronte is an exceptional hero with a very sensible inner voice. We meet a collection of delightful, different and eccentric aunts as she endeavours to fulfil her quest. This is just delightful.
  • Michelle Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    A truly brilliant read! This book fills the gap for younger children who are desperate to read Harry Potter but might not deal with the concepts and the 'scary' parts. Wonderful adventures, fantastic characters and enough magic to satisfy all. Loved it!!
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  • Carlene
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book thanks to a goodreads giveaway, and boy am I happy I did!I definitely enjoy a good fantasy book, but I'm not too keen on pirates and I was a little hesitant thinking because of this I may not like the book. In the end I finished the book in two sittings, I could have finished it in one if not for work - that is how good it was.Bronte Mettlestone was raised by her oldest aunt, after being left at her door by her parents when she was young, thinking that she was left there so I received this book thanks to a goodreads giveaway, and boy am I happy I did!I definitely enjoy a good fantasy book, but I'm not too keen on pirates and I was a little hesitant thinking because of this I may not like the book. In the end I finished the book in two sittings, I could have finished it in one if not for work - that is how good it was.Bronte Mettlestone was raised by her oldest aunt, after being left at her door by her parents when she was young, thinking that she was left there so they could go off on their own adventures by themselves. Afternoon teas, horse rides and learning the trumpet, her childhood was pleasant and quiet until a telegram turns up advising her parents have been 'taken out' by the pirate ship Thistleskull.Her parents have left her a detailed will, advising she is the go on an adventure of her own and visit her many aunts - by her 10 year old self! Everything must be followed down to the last letter,if not her hometown will be torn to shreds. So she packs up her suite case, says goodbye to Aunt Isabelle and the Butler and heads off to her first Aunt.With each aunt the Bronte visited a new adventure unfolds, she learns how different a family can be - how noisy, how people view others, how sometimes you just don't really like an aunt - it shows that different family dynamic and I felt like it came across strong throughout.And Bronte helping one of her Aunts, who had come home and lost the man she loved. Who was always sad, slept a lot and distant, lost to the world. I felt it was written so well, showing Bronte's effort to make the sun shine, her aunt focus and hopefully smile and just feel better too.Even as I was reading through, there were points where she would notice or mention something she saw or read, remember it later on and then I would sit there and get a little giddy feeling and think "Oh yes! I remember that from earlier too!" Keeping me entertained and surprised.And the twists that came with it! Some I managed to think yes, this is totally what is going to happen, but there were definitely times where even I thought "Whoa, did not see that coming!" I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even if it was aimed for kids between 10-14. The themes came across wonderfully, the writing was easy to understand, to keep up with and the chapters where short enough that even someone who didn't really like reading could get through without wanting to give up. I have already recommended (and handed over) my copy last night to a friend of a similar age, saying it was really good after her saying she wanted to find a good book to read (as she's always seeing me reading). She read the blurb on the back and then suddenly she was 20 pages in, already hooked! Read this book and pass it on! You will pleasantly be surprised :)
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Jaclyn Moriarty is easily one of the most talented writers to come out of Australia. Regardless of what genre she’s writing in, she always seems to produce something magical and completely original (although I must admit, the whimsical tone to her writing feels better suited to fantasy). The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is her first offering for younger readers (9-12 year olds), and Moriarty knocks it out of the park.This may have been a fantasy novel, but it really fe Jaclyn Moriarty is easily one of the most talented writers to come out of Australia. Regardless of what genre she’s writing in, she always seems to produce something magical and completely original (although I must admit, the whimsical tone to her writing feels better suited to fantasy). The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is her first offering for younger readers (9-12 year olds), and Moriarty knocks it out of the park.This may have been a fantasy novel, but it really felt like an exploration of family dynamics. Every time Bronte visits an aunt, she learns something new about her parents and the importance of family.As always, Moriarty’s characters are vividly drawn. All of the aunts have their own distinct mannerisms and characteristics, but they still feel like they are part of the same family. I liked that a point was made that Bronte had never met a lot of her aunts, or had only seen them a handful of times. In so many books, characters seem to come from big families that live on top of one another; the Mettlestones are not close, but they still care for one another in their own ways. It felt more realistic to me, and I really enjoyed this dynamic, especially as it played a big role in the ending. My favourite relationship was Bronte and Aunt Carrie, but honestly, all of the aunts were interesting and jumped off the page.There were a lot of twists that, as a reader outside the target demographic, I could see coming; I imagine that a younger reader would be surprised and really enjoy them. The book was well-written and easy-to-follow, and the chapters were short enough that it would still be engaging for a younger reader who struggles with reading.The illustrations by Kelly Canby are the perfect accompaniment to the story. Canby’s drawings have the same whimsical tone that Moriarty’s writing has and kind of make you feel like you’re reading a fairy tale.This book is the perfect book for young readers of fantasy (and older ones, too!), and can be read independently or together. The visits to the the aunts unfold within a larger narrative, so I think that it would make the perfect book to read in multiple sittings with your child before bed. That said, I read it in one sitting and really enjoyed it! I had a lot of fun piecing together all the clues, and ultimately found it an addictive and fun read.If your child is not quite ready for Harry Potter, this book would be the perfect story to introduce them to the fantasy genre.This review appears on my blog Tsundoku.
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  • Stef (Noveltea Corner)
    January 1, 1970
    The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is an enchanting story of intrigue, adventure and family. Be prepared to dive into a world of Whisperers and spellbinders and faery-cross stitch!I was so excited when I found out Jaclyn Moriarty had a middle-grade book coming out, even more so when I read the description, and boy, this book did not disappoint. It has pirates, faeries, dragons and a never-ending supply of aunts, and it’s all rolled up into one very beautiful hardcover bo The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is an enchanting story of intrigue, adventure and family. Be prepared to dive into a world of Whisperers and spellbinders and faery-cross stitch!I was so excited when I found out Jaclyn Moriarty had a middle-grade book coming out, even more so when I read the description, and boy, this book did not disappoint. It has pirates, faeries, dragons and a never-ending supply of aunts, and it’s all rolled up into one very beautiful hardcover book.Bronte Mettlestone was raised by her oldest aunt, Isabelle, after her parents went of on adventures, leaving her behind. She grew up without any adventures of her own, and was quite satisfied with that until her parents are declared dead and Bronte must fulfil their very detailed will, which dictates the order in which to visit her aunts to pass along their inheritances.Each time Bronte visits a new aunt, a new adventure unfolds within the larger narrative, making this a perfect book to read in short sittings, but also a lot of fun to read in larger ones, when you can begin to piece together all of the clues. Bronte is such a fun character, too - she’s happy, independent and occasionally annoyed at her parents for leaving her behind. She lives in a fantastical world, with magic and the real world woven together.I loved how Bronte’s time with each of her aunts helps her to learn a little more of her parents - and their lives before Bronte - and the importance of family in this story. Bronte forges connections not only with the adults, but her cousins, and all of this becomes important towards the end of the story when Bronte finds she needs allies as the intrigue deepens.This is perfect for young readers of fantasy (and old ones, too!) - both independently and as a read-aloud story.
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  • Susan Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn MoriartyThe Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty is a well-written, whimsical story about ten-year-old Bronte. She lives with an aunt and her butler as her parents mysteriously disappeared on an adventure when she was a baby. The story begins with news that Bronte’s parents are dead. This doesn’t upset Bronte overly as she never knew her parents. However with their deaths and the reading o The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn MoriartyThe Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty is a well-written, whimsical story about ten-year-old Bronte. She lives with an aunt and her butler as her parents mysteriously disappeared on an adventure when she was a baby. The story begins with news that Bronte’s parents are dead. This doesn’t upset Bronte overly as she never knew her parents. However with their deaths and the reading of their will, comes instructions that Bronte is to visit her ten other aunts and deliver particular gifts to each of them. And so begins Bronte’s extremely inconvenient adventures. For the next four-fifths of the book, we enjoy amusing tales of Bronte’s aunts and their families. Jaclyn has cleverly portrayed these aunts with unique and unusual occupations. Bronte unwittingly learns information about the Whispering Wars, spells, dragons, pirates, elves and water sprites which becomes important in the final chapters. The book has a very satisfying conclusion as many seemingly unimportant details in the early stages of the book become important in the final resolution. While this is a long book (500 pages), it moves at a good pace with short chapters, and comical illustrations.Overall it was good fun.Thanks to Christian School Supplier for providing a free book for review.I was interested to learn that Jaclyn Moriarty is Liane Moriarty’s sister, whose books I have also enjoyed.
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  • Rachel Huxley
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of Bronte. I purchased this book for my Niece Kiara! However I read the first page and didn't put the book down 😆. I will now pass it to her and I am hoping that she'll enjoy it as l have.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely wonderful.
  • Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
    January 1, 1970
    Well this was just as sweet and quirky as I hoped. More soon <3
  • Sharon Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    good
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