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de Tahereh Mafi

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"Twelve-year-old Alice Queensmeadow, with the help of her friend Oliver, travels through the dangerous, magical land of Furthermore in order to rescue her missing father and prove her own magical abilities"--

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Alice Alexis Queensmeadow is 12. And that's a very important age in Ferenwood. Soon she will be called to share her magical gift with everyone in her community. Along with all the others her age, she will be rated on her magical skill and given an important task to complete. She hopes she will be tasked to find her father, who disappeared 3 years before taking only a ruler with him. Imagine her surprise when an older boy, Oliver, asks her for help with his task. She dislikes Oliver because he once made fun of her -- pointed out her different appearance in front of everyone at school. Things never seem to go easily, or as planned, for Alice -- and she finds herself forced to travel through the strange and dangerous land of Furthermore to find her father ..... with Oliver.

I listened to the audiobook version of this middle-grade book narrated by Bronson Pinchot. He has a nice voice and reads at an even pace. I have hearing loss, but was easily able to understand and enjoy this audiobook. At just over 8 hours long, it took me a couple days to finish listening. The humor, colorful fantasy and creativity of this story made it very entertaining!

Alice is a delightful main character. She feels different, separated....like she doesn't belong with her family or with anyone. It was sweet seeing her learn that differences can be strengths, and that what she sees as her biggest flaw might just be her greatest asset. Oliver is both a scoundrel and a caring person. His magical gift is both a blessing and a curse it seems. Both Alice and Oliver learn to work together and discover how to forgive, trust and form a friendship.

All in all, a nice, fantastically creative middle-grade story! It touches on some subjects that all children have to learn to deal with -- failure, loss, betrayal, trust, friendship, embarrassment and learning from mistakes. ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
4.5/5 stars. Will write more later but I just wanted to say I just loved the relationship between Alice and Oliver. These two were definitely my favorite characters. ( )
  Jennifer7089 | Sep 29, 2020 |
This is one of the ARCs I picked up at PLA, and it might be the only one I've managed to read before release day. (Don't worry, I passed 90% of the other ARCs on to our teens and Comic Con attendees, so I'm sure they all got read by someone before their release dates!)

I wasn't completely sold on the style of writing when I began the book, but I stuck it out for a few chapters and slowly began to find it charming rather than distracting. First my favorite things: Alice, the paper foxes, and the beautifully vivid descriptions. The story is just as vibrant as the cover, and Alice is a great main character, feisty, smart, and determined.

I also loved the themes of self acceptance, embracing individuality, and friendship that wove throughout the story.

tl;dr: Lots of fun, and a great choice for middle schoolers or older readers who loved [b: The Phantom Tollbooth|378|The Phantom Tollbooth|Norton Juster|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1438887022s/378.jpg|1782584] or [b: Alice in Wonderland|13023|Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)|Lewis Carroll|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1391458382s/13023.jpg|2933712]. Fanciful, full of puns and riddles, and lots of colorful magic. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
This was a Santathing Book from a few years ago. A children's book, written in a fairytale sensibility, with a great heroine. The author has a way with words, that is both matter of fact, and beautiful. However, I found the book a bit simplistic at times. The end just happened and once Alice got back home, life went back to normal.

I know that I would have loved this book as a kid, but as an adult, its not one I would read again. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jan 10, 2020 |
"Dear Alice," he said, reaching for her. "Why must you look like the rest of us? Why do you have to be the one to change? Change the way we see. Don't change the way you are.
This book was a rainbow of colours what swallowed me whole and made me get lost in the world of Furthermore.
It was pure magic, blinking and shining in every single object.
It was the beginning of the road that leads from childhood to adulthood.
It was faith and lies, innocence and cruelty, laugh and sadness.
It was a modern Alice in Wonderland, and believe me when I say that this is not something I would normally say to anyone.

I was thinking to have in my hands a simple books for children, but since the author is Tahereh Mafi I should have expected much more (also because there is this slightly creepy atmosphere due to attempts of cannibalism - or better "magicalism"? Anyway, not the best way to make children sleep lol).

The style was so unique, though completely different from the Shatter me series. Here the narrator in rather intrusive, and her amazing, witty comments are directly intertwined with the interior monologues that perfectly describe Alice's feelings.
Alice, Alice... at the beginning she reminded me so much of Pippi Longstocking for her peculiarity (you don't meet often someone eating flowers), love for nature, innocence and sense of freedom. She was so spontaneous, exactly like children are, and I often related to the things she claimed.
She sighed. Being alive, she realized, was very tiring.
The incredible thing about her is that her moods influenced mine: when she danced happily in the middle of the forest I felt full of energy and positivity, while in the scene of the Surrender I couldn't help but feeling defeated too. It's not so usual for me to feel so much empathy towards a character, that's why I was really impressed.
And yes, as everyone of us does, she still had the need of being accepted despite her differences from the other people, craving for being like the others. But the reason why I found this book so inspiring and moving is the message that the reader discovers together with her:
It no longer mattered how the world saw her; what mattered was how Alice saw herself. Alice would choose to love herself, different and extraordinary, every day of the week.
This is something that everybody should be aware of, and reading Furthermore is the perfect way to learn it.

Aside from the important message, the setting (both Farrenwood and Furthermore) was utterly fascinating. I'm not really into descriptions, but in this case it was a pleasure to read them just to discover the peculiarities of Furthermore's villages and people and to imagine those absurd but wonderful landscapes that each day revealed a new surprise.
And last but not least, the strong friendship that was slowly built between Alice and Oliver was absolutely, completely moving.
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  Shay17 | Mar 30, 2018 |
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