The Wonderling

The Wonderling

by Mira Bartok


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The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók 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.

Have you been unexpectedly burdened by a recently orphaned or unclaimed creature? Worry not! We have just the solution for you!

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. Richly imagined, with shimmering language, steampunk motifs, and gripping, magical plot twists, this high adventure fantasy is the debut novel of award-winning memoirist Mira Bartók and has already been put into development for a major motion picture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763691219
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 157,806
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mira Bartók is a writer and artist whose New York Times best-selling memoir, The Memory Palace: A Memoir, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. The Wonderling is her first novel for young readers. She lives in Western Massachusetts.

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The Wonderling 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Niki_Estes 27 days ago
A cute story about an orphaned foxling living in horrible conditions in an orphanage that is more like a prison. One day, he finally meets another orphan destined to be his best friend and give him the courage he needs to try to escape and find out where he came from. The illustrations are just beautiful and the story is very sweet. (Well, minus Miss Carbunkle and her minions. There is nothing sweet about them. lol)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enchanting story that will take you on an amazing adventure as you feel both heartbroken and hopeful for the creature named 13.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
If you like animals, then you will definitely enjoy reading The Wonderling! The author immediately piqued my interest in the story by creating a host of animal-like characters. Number 13 is a one-eared foxlike creature who is classified as a groundling; the lowest creatures in society. Groundlings are not people, but not animals either. Number 13 lives at the horrible place, known to the groundlings there as The Home, Miss Carbunkle’s Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures. It is a dreadful place with no way out; except for the front gate, which is guarded by vicious dogs. When a new creature comes, Number 13 and the bird like creature, Trinket, soon become fast friends. Trinket thinks that she can find a way out of the home. Number 13, now called Arthur, agrees, but the stakes are high. If they are caught, they will be sent to the Dungeon, and possibly never come out. If they succeed, Trinket may find her uncle at The Sea, but Arthur could be caught as an unowned groundling. Will they escape? What happens if they do or don’t? Read the book to find out! My favorite character is Belisha the Night Crow leader. She is mysterious and smart. She first appears in part three of the book and is a major part in the resolution of the plot. My favorite part is when Trinket and Arthur hear of Miss Carbunkle’s evil plan and make a plan to stop her. It is very exciting and a big part of the story! This fantasy/adventure fiction chapter book is 450 pages long. The Wonderling is a medium to hard read. I would recommend it for ages 10-13 because the vocabulary is challenging. I absolutely loved how the author resolved the plot and the illustrations were spectacular! Also, the book is laid out very well, because it is divided into three logical parts. That’s why I gave it 5 stars. It was a true wonder of a book! Brooke Z., 11, Delaware Valley Mensa