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The Queen and the Nobody Boy

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An adventure story about greed, rebellion, and finding allies in the most unlikely places.

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  • Product Description

    The Queen and the Nobody Boy is an adventure story in the  Fontania series about greed, rebellion, and finding allies in the most unlikely places.

    Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself. His journey is told in five parts all about bad choices.

    The young Queen, 12-year-old Sibilla, is fed-up too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to run away with Hodie, whether he likes it or not.

     


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 11-14 year
    Book Size
    ISBN

  • Reviews

    1. :

      Else’s narrative style reminds me a bit of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket… there is a lot that is unexpected and whimsical… Do you ever get so caught up in a book that you feel compelled to tell your partner or other family members about new plot twists as you’re reading? That’s how I was with this book… I’m giving it 5 stars.

    2. :

      The story didn’t disappoint… A quirky, zany and thoroughly entertaining read that should appeal to lovers of magic, fantasy and adventure.

    3. :

      A colourful and fast-paced, action-packed and entertaining romp … The plot bounces along, twisting and turning in topsy-turvy rhythms with some totally madcap moments and a hearty dose of humour.

    4. :

      This is the kind of total immersion story that transports its reader to another time and place, and holds them enthralled until the last page. It’s an exciting, funny and original fantasy that is grounded in everyday life… The Queen and the Nobody Boy is destined to be a classic, a book that today’s children will keep to read to their own children.

    5. :

      Whilst this is a fantasy novel and there is a great deal of humour, we are also faced with the reality of dealing with aggressors who are trying to inflict with own culture on a nation with widely different views. There are subtle lessons to be learnt and the end result is satisfactory to the reader. The book is well plotted and the twists and turns associated with Hodie’s parentage are unexpected and yet make sense within the context of the story. This is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.

    6. :

      I love the story because it’s adventurous and quite sad at the same time and it nearly made me cry, because the queen ran away because nobody really cared for her. It made me laugh a bit because the book is quite a comedy.

    7. :

      [This] offers a filler in the pre-teen fiction genre for the gap left in the wake of Roald Dahl’s passing. It’s longer than Dahl’s books but filled with the same adventuring spirit and magical context … [The main characters are] embroiled in subterfuge, magical warfare and estranged family dynamics. Else does a brilliant job of creating a character … who espouses the everyday petulance of a boy in his early teens while creating circumstances and contexts where the reader roots for Hodie to succeed above all else. Her writing is beautifully crafted … the political and social subtext, featuring the dichotomy between magic and technology and ultimate power, is woven well throughout the book, focusing on the people involved rather than the practices.

    8. :

      It’s impossible to describe the many plot strands in this multi-layered confection of a book, you just have to be content to be whisked along on a breathless train-ride (a flying train, that is), meeting a large cast of colourful and eccentric characters as you go, and trusting that the strands will all be drawn together at the end, which they are. …The book is beautifully presented, with a vibrant steam-punk cover illustration, sturdy cover flaps, and the intriguingly detailed map on the inside front cover. The publishers call it a `pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel’, but that doesn’t really capture the magic of this whimsical and amusing tale.

    9. :

      This is a great story. I especially loved the wind train… Recommended for people who have good imaginations and like magic and fantasy stories.

    10. :

      Else makes the book into something that you just can’t tear yourself away from! I’ll compare The Queen and the Nobody Boy to such that you walk into a room, open a brightly decorated and inviting box and inside is a rainbow oasis of all things magical and fantasy. Basically, it doesn’t disappoint.

    11. :

      It’s as good as the first book, if not better…it’s got all sorts of larks, it’s great a journey just like the last book, but it’s a comic journey. I do laugh a lot with Barbara Else writing…I’d highly recommend it. You can read it slowly and enjoy it.

    12. :

      It’s old fashioned story-telling here; there’s a poor orphan boy, a misunderstood princess, tales of magic, intrigue in the kingdom, bad kings, scheming queens…flying trains, treacherous courtiers, adventure and fun.

    13. :

      A stand-alone sequel that features some of the characters from The Travelling Restaurant, Else’s second Tale of Fontania is an equally luscious adventure story of magic versus machines, greed, rebellion and finding yourself.

    14. :

      Hope, fear, friendship, loyalty, humour and imagination all packaged between stunning covers make a recipe for an excellent read.

    15. :

      A rollicking good yarn for primary and intermediate students.

    16. :

      I’m liking the author’s imagination in coming up with ideas like wind trains, plus the anxious setting of war…I thought it was probably even better than the first book…Independent readers who love some mystery and adventure would love this.

    17. :

      A giant adventure involving a greedy king, his surprising daughter, missing parents, strange technology and perhaps just a little bit of magic when it matters. Enthralling!

    18. :

      A magical story, full of adventure, danger, royalty, spies, flying trains, stinky trolls and poisonous toads…If you loved The Travelling Restaurant you have to get your hands on The Queen and the Nobody Boy, but if you haven’t read it this book will make you fall in love with the land of Fontania. You certainly won’t be able to go past this book on the shelf without wanting to see what magic is inside, thanks to Sam Broad’s brilliant cover. 4 out of 5 stars

    19. :

      Sparkling writing and surprise twists and turns make this a great read-aloud – and to be gobbled up by the readers who loved the first book in the series.


  • Reviews

    1. :

      This is a great story, I especially loved the wind train. I did find it hard to follow sometimes, and it slowed me down reading because I had to stop and think. My mum and dad kept tripping over the names when they read aloud. I hope there are more books about Jasper and Sibilla. After we read it we made Umbinnian cabbage cream from the recipe at the back. It was actually delicious!
      I recommend this for people who have good imaginations and like magic and fantasy stories. Ages 8+ because some of the words are hard.

    2. :

      What does Babara Else have in store for you in this latest adventure? The Travelling Resturant was hard to beat and the Queen and the Nobody boy came very close. Queen Sibilla is now twelve and is not very interested in being Queen. There is also Hodie an unpaid work boy who wants to head south and find adventure. Does Sibilla have the magic? Can Hodie protect her? Find out in the Queen and the Nobody boy.

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