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Wondrous Strange

by (author) Lesley Livingston

Publisher
HarperCollins Canada
Initial publish date
May 2012
Category
General, General, General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781443416962
    Publish Date
    May 2012
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    $9.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780061575396
    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price
    $10.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554682737
    Publish Date
    Jan 2009
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    $17.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9780061715082
    Publish Date
    Jun 2009
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  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780061575372
    Publish Date
    Dec 2008
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    ISBN
    9781554682744
    Publish Date
    Dec 2009
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12

Description

Kelley Winslow is living her dream. Seventeen years old, she has moved to New York City and started work with a theatre company. Sure, she’s only an understudy for the Avalon Players, a third-tier repertory company so far off-Broadway it might as well be in Hoboken, but things are looking up—the lead has broken her ankle and Kelley’s about to step into the role of Titania the Faerie Queen in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But Faeries are far more real than Kelley thinks, and a chance encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man named Sonny Flannery plunges her into an adventure she could never have imagined. Sonny and Kelley find themselves drawn to each other—and into a terrible plot that could spell disaster for both New York and the Faerie realm alike.

About the author

 

Lesley Livingston est une auteure lauréate de romans pour ados, dont la trilogie Wondrous Strange et la série Valiant. Elle a également coécrit, avec Jonathan Llyr, la série pour jeunes The Wiggins Weird. Avant de devenir auteure, Lesley a été actrice principale dans une troupe de théâtre shakespearien. Son superpouvoir consiste à manipuler les flux temporels sans le vouloir de façon à arriver systématiquement treize minutes APRÈS l’heure prévue, peu importe la destination.

 

Lesley Livingstonis an award-winning author of teen fiction, including the Wondrous Strange trilogy, which won the 2010 CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award, and was named one of the "100 young adult books that make you proud to be Canadian" by CBC Books. Her newest series, Valiant, is being developed for television.

 

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Librarian Reviews

Wondrous Strange

They are from two completely different worlds. Literally.

Sonny Flannery, currently residing in a penthouse overlooking Central Park, has not grown up as a normal child. Taken from his mother as an infant, Sonny is a changeling, a human raised in the land of Faerie by none other than Auberon the Winter King. Now he is beginning his career as a Janus Guard, one of the specially chosen changelings trained as elite protectors of the gates between the Otherworld and the world of humans. Their task is to keep ill-intentioned faerie folk from crossing into the mortal realm. As Sonny embarks on his first mission, he discovers unmistakable evidence of an evil plot brewing. He also finds Kelley.

Kelley is a 17-year-old aspiring actress. As she rehearses her role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park, she is surprised when a handsome stranger appears with a small gift for her. When this same stranger keeps appearing, she becomes worried. However, Sonny and Kelley seem destined to be together, and as the mysterious and sinister events unfold, each becomes increasingly determined to protect the other. Furthermore, their feelings for each other become one more powerful tool to be wielded by the one who would do them harm.

This is a breathtaking story of magic and faerie mischief. Although set mainly in Manhattan, author Lesley Livingston weaves a captivating vision of the land of Faerie, one which slyly beckons readers from the very first page. She convincingly depicts our modern world as coexisting alongside this ancient, mystical, enchanted otherworld. The capriciousness of the faerie folk, the spiritedness of the fiery-natured Kelley, and Sonny’s honourable sense of justice and basic goodness, combine to make this an enthralling read, one that mesmerizes and enchants. Equal parts romance, mystery and fairy story, this book will leave readers spellbound.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2009. Volume 32 Number 1.

Wondrous Strange

Kelley moves to New York and acts as the lead in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But faeries are more real than Kelley thinks, and an encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man creates a potentially disastrous adventure for New York and the faerie realm.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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