The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone
by Jaclyn Moriarty
Rated: 5 Stars *****
Bronte Mettlestone has been brought up in a very sensible way by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. So when her absent parents are killed by pirates and she’s sent on a whirlwind visit to her other ten aunts, she takes it all in her stride. But Bronte’s outwardly sensible nature holds a core of steel and courage, and through her adventures, with water sprites, avalanches, elves and dragons, Bronte shows herself to be the kind of heroine we would all wish to be. This wonderful novel is witty, lively and full of magic and surprises – everything readers young and old could ask for. The kind of novel where you need to make a pot of tea (preferably cloudberry), find a really comfy sofa in front of a roaring fire, and settle in for a magical journey of your own.
Thanks to Guppy Press for allowing me to join them on this book’s amazing adventures by sending me a proof copy of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty to review, of which I very much appreciated.
By the time I was near the end of this wonderful book, full of adventures I was on my own adventure on a train. So, whether you are on a train or sitting in your home all cosy, this book will allow you to explore many more kingdoms and meet many more people and fantastical creatures. So sit down, relax and allow your imagination to take over and allow some time to escape into this book.
There is a wonderful map at the beginning of the book showing where the places are that readers will travel as they follow Bronte Mettlestone on her inconvenient adventures within this book. Already I am wondering what the inconvenience is about going on and adventure. It is a great title and I love maps like these. They not only assist in setting the scene, this one in-particular also adds to the excitement of what may be next within the rest of those pages.
From the first page there is action and movement depicted as well as sadness to a certain extent. Bronte is 10 years old and is strong, brave and a likeable character.
This is no ordinary book and things aren’t always quite what you would expect and indeed this book reached more than my expectations. There’s an unusal will, but then her parents were killed in an unusual way, not every child can say their parents were killed by pirates, no matter when they die. Then there’s a quest. Firstly to deliver gifts by following instructions to the letter, right down to the mode of transport to take. This is a quest that she must do alone, so must leave her aunt behind. We first meet her with Aunt Isabelle and then Aunt Sue who lives in Livingstone, Scotland.
There are many great characters to meet and any reader is in for quite the adventure. There are pirates on the loose, causing trouble and Lantern Island to visit.
There is a bit of a mystery about a pepper grinder and a library with books with magical properties. There are many curiosities about this book that would make any child want to read further and delve deeper into this magical adventure with a bit of a detective story too.
Travel into different kingdoms and encounter sprites and dragons and more…
These kingdoms are well constructed and wonderfully imaginative. There is enough to feed into the curiosity and expand the imagination of any child.
The book deals with some pretty big topics but is done so sensitively and are all beautifully wrapped up in the adventures.
It may seem like a big book 389 pages, but there are lovely pictures supporting the written word. The text is a very decent size. The story is an excellent pace and one that has great adventures to mesmerize all children who enjoy a bit of bravery and exploration. It is all written with great imagination, with the worlds developed in ways that children will love and understand. Jaclyn Moriarty has weaved the familiar and the fantasy together very well for children to create this compelling story.
The story has a great ending that children will, through all the adventure, all the trepidation, find it wraps up well at the end and is great escapism.
Title: The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Guppy Books
Publication Date: October 2019