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The Wonderling

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In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartok tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny.Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name - a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck - it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home's loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name - Arthur, like the good king in the old stories - and a best friend. Using Trinket's ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur's true destiny.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Published: 28th September 2017
Number of Pages: 464

ISBN-13: 9781406370645

Age Ranking
  1. #12 of 1139 books for 10 year olds
  2. #723 of 727 books for 11 year olds
  3. #1741 of 1864 books for 6 year olds
8 Book reviews
21st September '17
I read it (an adult)
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5 stars
I really enjoyed this book, it grab me from the first chapter, you will love the main characters, they jump off page at you and enter your imagination, this is a great book I know my son will enjoy, I hope this author writes more like this, the fact the film rights have been bought before the book is even published shows what a great book this is.
29th November '17
I read it aged 10
The Wonderling 9781406370645
5 stars
I think the main theme for this story is friendship. Arthur (the wonderling) befriends a variety of creatures, from humans to Night Crows to groundlings. The initial plot idea is great, and the amount of description in between is incredible. Although the storyline is long, it isn't boring, which is a rather extraordinary feat in itself.

This book is imaginative and highly recommended for children aged 9+ because it is easy to follow, not to scary and all in all, an absolutely fabulous story!!!
17th September '17
I read it (an adult) & to Sindy aged 10
The Wonderling 9781406370645
5 stars
I greatly enjoyed The Wonderling. Mira Bartok gives readers an appropriately described Dickensian story for today. There are fascinating elements of fantasy here.

I also enjoyed the way illustrations paired with text, and hope there is a full series to be discovered here soon. I was reminded of the first time I read Brian Selznick while reading this.

A book I would gladly add to my personal library or classroom shelf.
9th January '18
Poohbear read it aged 10
The Wonderling 9781406370645
5 stars
I loved the characters in the book. They are interesting and Maddie the story fun and interesting.
19th September '17
I read it (an adult) , to Darcey aged 6 & to Jake321 aged 10
The Wonderling 9781406370645
4 stars
Full disclosure- I chose the worst possible day to begin reading this book to my 6 and 10 year old kids.  The night before, we decided to have a movie night and we all three agreed on 'Miss Pereguine's Home for Peculiar Children'.  BIG MISTAKE.  Yes, it was rated 12, so I should have known better, but as my six year old reasoned- 'I've seen all the Harry Potter films and I wasn't scared', so I relented.  My six year old had nightmares.  My ten year old had nightmares.  I had nightmares.  My husband was annoyed with me for letting them watch it.
  We read the first chapter and there were so many similarities with 'Miss Pereguine' that we had to stop and return to Enid Blyton's 'The Enchanted Wood' for some comfort.  So- in summary, my children refuse to let me read on any further, but I'm going to be very brave and continue the book alone, as the first chapter sounded most intriguing.  I'm hoping my children weren't so scarred by the experience that they'll give it another go some day.
31st January '18
Mcity read it aged 10
The Wonderling 9781406370645
4 stars
I enjoyed this book. Good descriptions used and I liked the setting. Would appeal to fans of fantasy books.
20th October '17
I read it to Darcey-Boe aged 10
The Wonderling 9781406370645
4 stars
Whilst reading this book i envisioned the characters from 'oliver'. It follows number 13/arthur/spike through a journey of finding where he is from. It tells of friendship and low points, but this little grounding doesn't give up. 
 This book is quite long and definitely for the more advanced reader, my daughter tended to drift away from listening in chunks, but it is a true story of hope and courage and would recommend it it you like a bit more traditional stories.
6th November '17
Wolflover37 read it aged 11
The Wonderling 9781406370645
2 stars
My 11 year old daughter started reading this and just couldn't seem to get into it after a couple if chapters. She gave up but eventually went back to it recently and still she says it's just not for her and very confusing. Maybe she will try again when she's a little older? Sorry :-(
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