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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

Jaclyn Moriarty
Guppy Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781913101039

Bronte Mettlestone barely knows her parents, so when they are murdered by pirates the news seems to make little impact. However, when their will bound in mysterious and powerful faerie cross stitch comes to light, the impact of its detailed instructions are colossal. Bronte must visit her 10 aunts, distributing gifts from her parents, listening to their unique stories, calling at various places for refreshments and all at specific times or else there will be dreadful consequences! With fantastical elements and peculiar characters, Bronte's journey is far from straightforward.

Aimed at fans of Lemony Snicket, this novel is far more magical realism than fantasy as expected. With such a vast cast of characters and plot lines, the narrative can be hard to follow and a bit disjointed. It also seems a bit confused in terms of its audience; too young for teens but too old for primary age children. That said, there are certainly some enjoyable elements for those aged 9+ willing to persevere and a strong message of the importance of family.

400 Pages / Ages 8-12 / Reviewed by Rhiannon Cook, school librarian


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