- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Canada (April 12 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670067733
- ISBN-13: 978-0670067732
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 22.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard Hardcover – Apr 12 2016
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PRAISE FOR Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard:
"The fast-paced plotting, the natural conversations between friends and foes, and the message about word magic will hold readers at the edge of their seats from the opening page until the final scene." --Sal's Fiction Addiciton
PRAISE FOR Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes:
"Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is as delightful a magical story as readers ages 9-14 will hope to find. Part hero quest, part orphan saga, and wholly captivating." --Wall Street Journal
PRAISE FOR The Night Gardener:
"Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message ... make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"Suspenseful and chilling, this novel is destined to become a classic." --Governor General's Award Committee
About the Author
JONATHAN AUXIER teaches creative writing and children's literature. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which was a Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award Honour Book and was also shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Diamond Willow Award. His second book, The Night Gardener, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, the Silver Birch Award, and the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award. Auxier grew up near Vancouver and now lives in Pittsburgh with his family.
Online: https://twitter.com/jonathanauxier http://www.thescop.com/Residence: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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All the classic fairytale elements are here. An orphan with mysterious parentage. A funny and heartbreakingly loyal animal sidekick (if one considers Sir Tode in his hooved-cat form ‘animal’). Potential romance. Spells. A chase (actually a number of chases). Just when things start to feel familiar and the reader starts to think, “Hey, I know this story, isn’t it…” Auxier introduces the unexpected. I was particularly enchanted by Akrasia, a somewhat inscrutable but loyal talking white tigress.
The theme of the book- that stories are magical- is explicitly stated in beautiful, quotable ways a number of times. One certainly feels this is true while reading Sophie Quire. Perfect for fans of both classic (Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, The Sword in the Stone) and contemporary fantasy (The Land of Stories, The Unwanteds, Circus Mirandus). A magnificent ode to stories from a gifted storyteller.
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