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Book Title: The Queen and the Nobody Boy: Hodie's Journey|
The size of the: 33.86 MB
Edition: Gecko Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2013
The author of the book: Barbara Else
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9781877579493
Read full description of the books The Queen and the Nobody Boy: Hodie's Journey:This book is a lovely old-fashioned children's adventure story, with lots of twists and turns, very clear goodies and baddies with just a couple of are-they-or-aren't-they types, a little bit of sadness, plenty of humour, and it all turns out right at the end.
The Queen is a 12-year-old in the land of Fontania - a land where magic keeps all the little things going nicely but so subtly that you don't need to believe in it. She should be coming in to her magical powers soon. The Nobody Boy does the odd jobs around the castle in exchange for a shack to sleep in and scraps from the kitchen. His father disappeared a couple of years ago, leaving only his deceased mother's possessions which Hodie (for that's his name) looks after.
Then the unpleasant Emperor of Um'Binnia - with his even more unpleasant sidekick General Gree'sle and his large, loud daughter (the Emperor's, that is), Lu'nedda - suddenly comes to visit. Everybody is relieved because the rumours had been the Um'Binnia was thinking of invading them - but how could they be thinking that if they were making a friendly visit. Not everybody is relieved.
And there the adventure begins.
I could just imagine myself as child reading this book and loving it. Some of the chapters are so short that when my mother would say, "Just one chapter and then turn off the light" I would be perfectly justified in reading three or more chapters because "they're very, very short, Mum" and I'd have the right pages to show her. Of course, not all the chapters are that short ....
The language and descriptions are perfectly geared to the age group this story will appeal to, without challenging but with plenty of plays on words. The little bit of magic is just enough to pique the interest, and the characters of the title are clearly defined as they hurtle through this adventure, learning about themselves and how the world works as they go. A good, fun read.
Read information about the authorBarbara Else is a playwright and fiction writer, and has also worked as a literary agent, editor and fiction consultant. Else won the Victoria University Writer’s Fellowship in 1999, and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature in 2005.
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