Title: Liesl & Po
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.
That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.
Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
I was instantly intrigued after reading the letter Lauren Oliver included at the beginning of the book. She explains that she wrote Liesl & Po to help her grieve over the loss of her friend. Knowing that going in to the story, I could completely tell throughout the book how therapeutic writing Liesl & Po must have been for her, and that made it all the more interesting to me.
True to Lauren Oliver form, Liesl & Po is simply a beautifully written, lovely story. Even though it is technically middle grade, I think anyone would enjoy this book and would tear through it just as fast as I did. Her characters are interesting and well developed, and the story moves at a quick but fascinating pace.
Simply put, Liesl & Po is a wonderful story that I highly recommend!