Monday, October 13, 2014

The Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara Else - OPTIONAL

Else, Barbara The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania, 326 pgs. Gecko Press, 2012. 

Language - G, Mature Content - G; Violence - PG; 

Hodie is sick of working for the royals of Fontania for little food and no pay, so he sets off to be a farmer in the South. The little queen Sibilla, though, decides to tag along and "help" him. Now Hodie is headed North, hiding from Um'bannian soldiers, and cannot get rid of this random vicious squirrel! If only he had left a day earlier. 

This book is alright. The story moved slowly and didn't make much sense, but it was entertaining enough. The story was predictable, but it was set in an interesting new world debating the use of innovation versus magic. Also, the purposeful grammar mistakes were very annoying. I understand that Else was trying to write in an accent, but it just made me reread dialogue several more times than should be necessary. 

EL, MS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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