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, Middle Grade, Adventure, Magic

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone Review

  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    January 1, 1970
    Ten year old Bronte Mettlestone is embarking on a wondrous adventure, adhering to her late parents legacy despite the concerns of Isabelle, her Aunt and guardian. Patrick and Lida Mettlestone were adventurers, abandoning their only child with Isabelle then captured by pirates. The news of their demise delivered during afternoon tea. To receive her inheritance, Bronte is to travel the kingdom and empires to deliver keepsakes to ten of her father's sisters, adhering to the specific instructions pr Ten year old Bronte Mettlestone is embarking on a wondrous adventure, adhering to her late parents legacy despite the concerns of Isabelle, her Aunt and guardian. Patrick and Lida Mettlestone were adventurers, abandoning their only child with Isabelle then captured by pirates. The news of their demise delivered during afternoon tea. To receive her inheritance, Bronte is to travel the kingdom and empires to deliver keepsakes to ten of her father's sisters, adhering to the specific instructions precisely or fracture the Faery thread binding her itinerary. Each fracture brings impending destruction to the town of Gainsleigh and Bronte must embark on her journey alone.Bronte Mettlestone is a wonderful young lady, curious and dependable. Abandoned as an infant, Bronte has been raised by Isabelle in the shire of Gainsleigh, her parents traipsing around the kingdom discovering new worlds and adventures before their demise. Her first destination is Livingston and the Elivish Festival of Matchsticks. Emma has been imprisoned for thievery of a pepper grinder. Claire organises Spellbinder conventions and Sophy is a veterinarian at the animal hospital for dragons. At the precise moment, Bronte presents her offering of cinnamon, chilli flakes or sugar cubes, rousing fond memories of her patents spanning the continent. Bronte growing increasingly exasperated towards her deceased parents she was never afforded the opportunity to appreciate. An avalanche in the mountain village, Katherine Valley Boarding School, the Riddle And Popcorn Cruise Ship and the Kingdom of music, culminating in a gathering in Nina Bay to celebrate the lives of her parents.Bronte's journey is enchanting and at only ten years of age, her adventures are gallant and delightfully whimsical. Following the instructions, Bronte discovers new friends in each town including the mysterious young barefoot boy, adding intrigue. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is wonderfully endearing, imaginative and effervescent.
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  • Nomes
    January 1, 1970
    Ahh, perfectly charming, whimsical, funny and wholly original with some wicked and wild unexpected twists. This book was such a delight to spend time with and so creatively realised. The characters endeared themselves to me and I loved every minute spent with them. It was a whole lot of adventure and fun, but also with some tender and heart-wrenching tear-jerker moments. Recommended for everyone, and especially all the young people in your lives (grade 3 up) and the young at heart :)
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  • 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.
  • Christine Bongers
    January 1, 1970
    Utterly charming with a deeply satisfying ending. Loved it.
  • 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.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    There's the old expression: You can choose your friends, but not your relatives.And right from the opening lines, you know 10 year old Bronte Mettlestone has an unusual family:Youtube trailer here Set across Kingdoms and Empires, featuring dragons, magic and cruise ships Bronte ventures off to follow the strict instructions of her parents' will. Meeting various aunts, uncles and cousins Bronte discovers new skills, talents and most importantly of all the universal emotions of sadness, love and j There's the old expression: You can choose your friends, but not your relatives.And right from the opening lines, you know 10 year old Bronte Mettlestone has an unusual family:Youtube trailer here Set across Kingdoms and Empires, featuring dragons, magic and cruise ships Bronte ventures off to follow the strict instructions of her parents' will. Meeting various aunts, uncles and cousins Bronte discovers new skills, talents and most importantly of all the universal emotions of sadness, love and joy.This would have to be one of my most favoured books of 2017. With quirky twists, humorous prose and a huge cast of characters - this is a story for all ages. Illustrated by Kelly Canby, bound up with a lovely blue hard cover, everything about this book as an object and story was a delight.Thank you Jaclyn Moriarty, I really enjoyed this gift of a story.
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  • LauraW
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this one more than I actually did. I have read quite a few of Moriarty's books for teens and REALLY liked them, but this one seemed too self-consciously cute for me. The tone is very similar (for me) to the books by Kate DiCamillo. It is just a tad too precious. And the connections between all of the characters are tied up just a bit too neatly. That said, some of the characters were especially interesting and I would have enjoyed knowing more about them. This was true especiall I wanted to like this one more than I actually did. I have read quite a few of Moriarty's books for teens and REALLY liked them, but this one seemed too self-consciously cute for me. The tone is very similar (for me) to the books by Kate DiCamillo. It is just a tad too precious. And the connections between all of the characters are tied up just a bit too neatly. That said, some of the characters were especially interesting and I would have enjoyed knowing more about them. This was true especially of the children on the ship - I am not sure what made them different, but they seemed more real to me. DiCamillo's books are very highly regarded, though, so I would recommend this book to people who loved The Tale of Desperaux or The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    One day I would desperately love to meet Jaclyn Moriarty to see if she's as utterly delightful as her novels. She writes adult fiction as if they're for children and children's novels that also perfectly cater to grown ups. I'm thrilled to say that although I had my reservations about the subject matter for this one, it still charmed the pants off me, like of all her books before. Her novels are hugely imaginative, whimsical, and inclusive, with just the right touch of cynicism, making her the p One day I would desperately love to meet Jaclyn Moriarty to see if she's as utterly delightful as her novels. She writes adult fiction as if they're for children and children's novels that also perfectly cater to grown ups. I'm thrilled to say that although I had my reservations about the subject matter for this one, it still charmed the pants off me, like of all her books before. Her novels are hugely imaginative, whimsical, and inclusive, with just the right touch of cynicism, making her the perfect author for me. (On a side note I've literally just finished watching Big Little Lies and am profoundly annoyed by the plot. Although I'm sure the book is better, I'd still choose Jaclyn's style over her sister's any day!)
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  • Kerri Duff
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this! From the first sentence, 'I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates', I was hooked. This book is funny, fast paced, insightful and makes for incredibly compelling reading. Kids who confidently read chapter books will be well suited to this, but it would also be fun to read aloud. A lot of adults will enjoy it too - I did! Oh and the illustrations by Kelly Canby are wonderful. ☺
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  • Dom
    January 1, 1970
    Very Magical
  • 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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  • Brona's Books
    January 1, 1970
    Jacyln's previous series that wowed my socks off was The Colour of Madeleine trilogy. These books were aimed at an older teen audience - light fantasy, a little romance and a great concept. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is for younger readers - about 10 plus. It's another light fantasy with a great concept, but more concerned with family and friendship than romance, although I'm still wondering about Aunt Isabelle and the Butler!Bronte begins her story with the sudd Jacyln's previous series that wowed my socks off was The Colour of Madeleine trilogy. These books were aimed at an older teen audience - light fantasy, a little romance and a great concept. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is for younger readers - about 10 plus. It's another light fantasy with a great concept, but more concerned with family and friendship than romance, although I'm still wondering about Aunt Isabelle and the Butler!Bronte begins her story with the sudden death of her parents. This is not as sad an event as you might expect as Bronte was left by her parents on Aunt Isabelle's doorstop when she was a baby. Bronte's feelings about her parents, are therefore, complicated.Things quickly become even more complicated when the terms of their wills are revealed. Bronte is to go on a quest, an adventure no less, to visit all her aunts (there are ten more besides Aunt Isabelle!) The timing for each visit is very specific as are suggestions for places to eat, gifts to give each aunt and the very definite condition that Bronte travels alone. She is only ten years of age. Aunt Isabelle is horrified, but the will is cross-stitched in faerie thread which means that if Bronte doesn't follow the instructions exactly as stated, if she breaks the terms, then her home town will also break.Full review here - http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/20...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    What a truly delightful book! I read it in a week and loved every minute of it. I fell in love with the character of Bronte. I was worried about her when things were not going well and was happy when she met some aunts who took good care of her. As a teacher librarian I love discovering new children's authors I haven't read before and the storytelling in this one was exquisite (especially the inclusion of an unquiet librarian as a character)What I loved about this story was that it wasn't plain What a truly delightful book! I read it in a week and loved every minute of it. I fell in love with the character of Bronte. I was worried about her when things were not going well and was happy when she met some aunts who took good care of her. As a teacher librarian I love discovering new children's authors I haven't read before and the storytelling in this one was exquisite (especially the inclusion of an unquiet librarian as a character)What I loved about this story was that it wasn't plain sailing all the time. Bronte had to overcome difficulties including her own unresolved feelings about her parents' abandonment of her. I liked that a story obviously aimed at a young audience didn't shy away from such feelings and allowed Bronte to feel justifiably angry and scared at times. I love the portrayal of aunts that were so different but such successful women. Whether they were married stay at home mums or single mums who were also queens or single women at the top of their field they added depth to the story and were positive portrayals for young girls to read about. My one disappointment about this book is that being so long (close to 500 pages) I think there are many children who will never pick up this book which is such a shame. My experience is that many children can be put off by long novels and while I loved it's length and depth of narrative I know it will be difficult for me to convince some of my students to even give it a go. And that is such a shame as this book is such a gem.
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  • Evie
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely beautiful book- I adored all of the little twists and turns throughout. It managed to keep me engaged the entire time I was reading, and by the end of it, I was completely gobsmacked at how things had turned out. Every time a new aunt was introduced, I found myself falling more in love with this book, as they each had a rich personality and a history that they shared with Bronte. My particular favorite was probably Aunt Emma, as everything that occurred during that particular part of Absolutely beautiful book- I adored all of the little twists and turns throughout. It managed to keep me engaged the entire time I was reading, and by the end of it, I was completely gobsmacked at how things had turned out. Every time a new aunt was introduced, I found myself falling more in love with this book, as they each had a rich personality and a history that they shared with Bronte. My particular favorite was probably Aunt Emma, as everything that occurred during that particular part of the book was twisty and I never knew what was going to happen next. It was also hilariously funny, which was a bonus. I adored the water sprites, the librarian, and Sugar Rixel, as they were all so interesting!Another of my favorite aunts was Sophie, cause I mean, it's hard not to love a woman who looks after baby dragons. Overall, if you want a read that manages to use a heap of foreshadowing and so many plot twists that it gets all tangled up, whilst still being delightfully funny and sweet, this book is perfect for you.
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  • Pepperonipizza
    January 1, 1970
    It was a very good concept- and brilliant characters- but it took a bit long. Maybe Jaclyn could have skipped over some aunts, for example, Aunt Sophie, or Aunt Claire, who we never explored the stories of or learnt about. Also, I'd enjoy a bit more backstory about the world they all live in, and if it's in the present, past, or future. It's hard to tell, as the people speak in a very modern way, but don't have any 21st century inventions. I liked the interesting way the plot was woven (as if by It was a very good concept- and brilliant characters- but it took a bit long. Maybe Jaclyn could have skipped over some aunts, for example, Aunt Sophie, or Aunt Claire, who we never explored the stories of or learnt about. Also, I'd enjoy a bit more backstory about the world they all live in, and if it's in the present, past, or future. It's hard to tell, as the people speak in a very modern way, but don't have any 21st century inventions. I liked the interesting way the plot was woven (as if by magic, soft silvery-blue thread), and the small bits like the girl and boy from the painting. The story reaches a satisfying conclusion, but I feel this could have been a series of maybe 2 or 3 books, so we could have explored the world in more detail, which it feels like Jaclyn was itching to do. Either way, this book is creative and fun, and if there is a sequel I'll definitely read it.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/01...Starting the year off with a super charming middle grade fantasy adventure by one of my favorite authors seemed like the way to go! In this very funny and sweet story, the titular ten year old finds out her parents—who left her with an aunt as a baby to go off and have adventures—have been killed by pirates, and their magical will has very specific instructions sending her off on adventures to see her ten aunts and deliver them gifts. There are also lots o http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/01...Starting the year off with a super charming middle grade fantasy adventure by one of my favorite authors seemed like the way to go! In this very funny and sweet story, the titular ten year old finds out her parents—who left her with an aunt as a baby to go off and have adventures—have been killed by pirates, and their magical will has very specific instructions sending her off on adventures to see her ten aunts and deliver them gifts. There are also lots of delightful cousins, a helpful loud librarian, good and bad magical types, and a very awesome and clever heroine. I liked this very much and am psyched it looks like Moriarty is writing another book set in this world. A.
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  • Bernadette (The Bumbling Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on The Bumbling BookwormJaclyn Moriarty is one of my favourite #LoveOzYA authors and I particularly adore her Ashbury/Brookfield series,  so when I heard she had a middle grade book out I just knew I had to buy it and read it straight away.  And read it I did!  I loved this book so much, I found it to be whimsical, fun and enthralling.  The illustrations are fabulous and I couldn't put this down, especially towards the end.Bronte is an adorable character, and ea This review was originally posted on The Bumbling BookwormJaclyn Moriarty is one of my favourite #LoveOzYA authors and I particularly adore her Ashbury/Brookfield series,  so when I heard she had a middle grade book out I just knew I had to buy it and read it straight away.  And read it I did!  I loved this book so much, I found it to be whimsical, fun and enthralling.  The illustrations are fabulous and I couldn't put this down, especially towards the end.Bronte is an adorable character, and each member of her family were so interesting in their own way,  Everything about this book is phenomenal, from the cover to the illustrations, to the writing itself.  The world building is sublime, at no point was the story predictable and the last 100+ pages had me on the edge of my seat - I couldn't put it down!  This book is great for children who may not be quite ready for Harry Potter but want to dip their toe into fantasy, and it would make a great Christmas present - 5 stars!Check out the rest of my review here!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Part Pippi Longstocking, part Fitzgerald Trouts, part Lemony Snicket, this is a surreal and delightful quest fantasy about a young woman who must visit each of her aunts in a particular order or else her entire town will be destroyed. There's far more to the story than that, of coures but I won't spoil it for you. Quirky fun and some lovely sly turns of phrases will keep readers guessing as to what might happen next.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    What a charming, unpredictable and interesting book. I laughed and smiled the whole way through and found Bronte to be a very compelling main character. The elaborate journey that she takes is filled with surprises, coincidences and delights and it is all woven together with such a deft touch. Can't wait to introduce the book to all of my kids as I think it is perfect for both boys and girls alike.
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  • Sharlene Hall
    January 1, 1970
    Love this book! Share it with your children and they will share it with their children and it will go on and be shared for generations. Bronte is such a lovely character who inspires one to listen to their inner voice and quietly (politely) choose kind when interacting with others. A brave and intelligent 10 year old with such a great journey/adventure to share. Love!
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  • Megan Blandford
    January 1, 1970
    I read this one aloud to my two children (9 and 5) and we all loved it. They loved the adventure, we laughed at the aunts' quirky ways, we all loved Bronte, and the story dealt sensitively with some tricky topics (death, depression, anger) in a way that the kids understood; it opened up some discussions between us all. Beautiful, brilliant writing.
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  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic, exciting and clever book! I read this with my 6yr old son and it filled up our bedtime reading for quite a while because it’s such a long book. We both loved it immensely and are now missing our nightly dose of Bronte and her adventures. My son hasn’t stopped talking about Spellbinders and Whisperers since we finished it and wants to know when the next book is coming out 😉
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    The mystery of this book was great and the storeys of all the aunties were amazing in themselves. I especially liked the start of the story because at first, I wasn't to avid to read it bu the start of the storeys with lawyers and how that wrapped up with the parent sat the end just pushed me through the book like a flowing river. I would recomend this book for 8 to 11.-Sally
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  • Alison Stegert
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun and delightfully quirky. Quite a few rip-snorter moments and several lovely turns of phrase... A thoroughly enjoyable voice and a twisty-turny plot... Cheek-squeezable characters with lots of growth and derring-do in our inconvenienced protag... Seasoned zestily with clever illustrations and wrapped up in a drop-dead gorgeous cover - pure reading pleasure in a beautiful package.
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  • Anna Davidson
    January 1, 1970
    A fun adventure story set in a land of Kingdoms and Empires. Bronte is a super spunky character with plenty of charm, innocence and courage. I loved the ending! The only downside to this book is its length (just under 500 pages), which I think will put some younger readers off, but I do hope not as they’d be missing out on such an engaging story.
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  • Abbey
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. What a divine book. There is absolutely nothing I can fault with it. I loved Bronte and all her crazy aunts. The story never once got boring but it didn't need to be action packed the whole way either. I need another one. Right now.
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