The brand-new novel from exciting new voice, Sam Gayton. About a very small girl, desperate to find her way home.
She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half of her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits beside her, writing a leather-bound book the size of a house.
Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping.
She is going home.
Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, Lilliput is an exhilarating adventure filled with cunning escape plans, evil clockmakers and very talkative parrots. Join Lily as she travels over rooftops, down chimneys and into chocolate shops on a journey to find the one place in the world where she belongs... Home.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
SAM GAYTON lives in South London. In 2009 he completed the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University. His first book is The Snow Merchant. He loves American novels, Italian food and the English countryside. When he's not writing, he likes playing old board games, strumming his guitar and joining as many rock bands as possible (currently at seven).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sam Gayton's Lilliput is a fantastical novel based in 18th century London. The tale, heavily inspired by the classic Gulliver's Travels, opens on the mythical island of Lilliput, home to a kingdom of miniature people, the Lilliputians. All is marvelous on the island until Lily, a three-inch-tall Lilliputian child, is kidnapped by the "giant" Gulliver and whisked away to London to be exhibited as evidence of Lilliput's existence. However, Lily has plans of her own: escape. With the help of an enslaved clock maker's apprentice, a jolly chocolate chef, and a Spanish parrot, will Lily ever see her home and family again? How far will her desperate determination guide her, and what sacrifices will be made along the journey? This thought-provoking novel is an action-packed adventure to read. Compared to the innumerable futuristic tales of modern literature, Lilliput is uniquely set deep in history. In addition, the book is remarkably engineered for readers of all ages; its simple vocabulary and plot line pertain to young children, whereas its vivid themes and cryptic metaphors will quench the thirst of even adults. Lilliput’s vast affluence in morals encompasses a wide array of topics, spanning to include the powers of hope, the comforts of religion, the necessity of sacrifice, the products of anger, and even the lethality of ignorance, a quite impressive enumeration for a children’s book. Despite Lilliput’s wondrous foundations, though, the novel is noticeably flawed. Throughout his writing, Gayton portrays multiple grammatical errors as well as gaping holes in the plot structure. Also, the author is explicitly detailed and realistic at times, while at others he seems absurd and vague. Nevertheless, the book’s blemishes are easily vanquished by a beautifully maneuvered, unexpected resolution. Conclusively, Lilliput is an imaginative adventure that will undoubtedly draw a smile to your face, and you may even learn a thing or two along the way. Isabella T., 14, Memphis Mensa
In this "sequel to Gulliver's Travels" we meet Lilly, a kidnapped Lilliputian. Gulliver has returned to Lilliput and snatched Lily to take back to London. This is his "proof" that Lilliput exists. He keeps her prisoner in a birdcage in London while he writes his book. He will take her out publicly when he finishes his book. Lily, of course, wants to escape and tries numerous times. The characters in this story, Gulliver, Mr. Plinker, Finn, Chitchat, Swift, Mr. Ovinda, and Horatio all add dimension to the story whether they are helping Lily or hindering her. With her trusty needle she calls "Stabber" she is finally able to escape the attic, but how will she ever get back to Lilliput. This book is geared to Middle Graders, but younger more competent readers would enjoy it as well. The only downfall would be the somewhat violent death at the end. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to students who enjoy fantasy, especially after maybe doing a read aloud of Gulliver's Travels. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.