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The Wonderling


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Mira Bartok is a writer and artist whose New York Times best-selling memoir, The Memory Palace: A Memoir, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. The Wonderling is her first novel for young readers. She lives in Western Massachusetts.


Full of hope and heart, The Wonderling is one of those stories that feels as familiar - yet unique - as a friend. A triumphant debut. * Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Girl of Ink and Stars *
"[...] a richly imaging fantasy adventure." * The Bookseller *
The Dickensian atmosphere of the orphanage he eventually escapes from is cut with the magical whimsy of Bartok's strange universe: its fantastic creatures, secret hideaways and the characters' extraordinary gifts. Bartok relishes in descriptive minutiae, which she complements with delightful pencil sketches that give a tantalising glimpse of what the inevitable film adaptation will look like. s * The Irish Times *
There's a steampunk style to this quirky and remarkable novel [...] Bartok's world has the feel of Dickens, with added fur and feathers, but also wonderful and whimsical illustrations to bring it alive. * The Herald *
Sparkling with the wit and wonder of a children's classic, this exuberant quest-driven debut is a treat for readers of ten and over. [...] Special mention must be made of the book's physical gloriousness. It's a satisfyingly weighty tome, with evocatively intricate illustrations by the author. This is truly a book to treasure [...] * Joanne Owen, LoveReading Debut of the Month *
"Momentum builds toward a thrilling crescendo and, rarest of all, a wholly satisfying ending that still whets the appetite for a sequel." * NY Times *
"For slightly older readers, Mira Bartok's The Wonderling centres on Arthur, a foxlike foundling at The Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures. Full of Dickensian villains and Gothic mystery, it's an ambitious and richly atmospheric fantasy debut." * The Daily Telegraph *
"The Wonderling is an extremely impressive debut novel. [...]many readers will become so immersed they won't want it to end. Mira Bartok has created a richly inventive fantasy world, with great characters and appealing steampunk elements. Her use of language is wonderful, her vocabulary particularly striking." * The School Librarian *
"a Dickensian dystopia" * The Observer *
"Richly detailed storytelling and a sense of enchantment echo through the story" * The Bookseller *

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