Review: The Uncommoners

Posted on January 12, 2017

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Uncommoners cover

The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence
Written by Jennifer Bell
Illustrated by Karl James Mountford
Crown Books for Young Readers
January 2017
320 pages

When Granma Sylvie takes a tumble and winds up in hospital, her secret past begins to unravel. Unbeknownst to Granma Sylvie and her grandkids, 11-year old Ivy and 14-year old brother Seb, she possesses a mysterious connection to a whole other world beneath the streets of London. Lundinor is a vast Victorian city populated with Uncommoners who wear peculiar costumes and spend their time consumed with trading uncommon things. Uncommon things are actually common things bewitched by spirits which gives them the ability to do — well – uncommon things. There are feathers that write, belts that fly, combs that bite, strings that pick locks, bells that talk, and oodles more. Within this extraordinary enchanted world, Ivy and Seb must solve the mystery of the Tweltfth Night to unlock the secret to Granma Sylvie’s past. If that wasn’t enough to maneuver, Ivy and Seb’s parents are in danger and the clock is ticking. Readers will get a kick out of the wacky Uncommoners and their uniquely useful uncommon things while they explore the wonders of Lundinor. In The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence, Jennifer Bell combines time travel and magical realism into an uncommon fantasy for middle grade readers.

Copyright (c) 2017 by Peggy Tibbetts

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