The Wonderling

The Wonderling

by Mira Bartok


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“Arthur’s Dickensian steampunk world is richly imagined and gorgeously described. . . . This story of friendship, hope, and heroics will delight adventure seekers.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Welcome to Miss Carbunkle’s Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an orphanage for young groundlings (part human, part animal) run by a cunning villainess. For lonely Number Thirteen, a shy, one-eared, foxlike creature, it is the only home he has ever known. When he meets a bird groundling named Trinket, Number Thirteen gains two things: a real name (Arthur, like the good king in the old stories) and a best friend. Trinket and Arthur escape over the high walls of the orphanage and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and to Arthur’s true destiny: to become the Wonderling and save music for everyone. Rife with steampunk inventions, magical plot twists, and finely detailed illustrations, the paperback edition of Mira Bartók’s debut novel is sure to enchant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763691219
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Wonderling , #1
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 213,289
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. 4 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Bartok's writing is superb in this book. The words flowed easily with seamless transitions from page to page. The characters were engaging - kind of reminded me of Jaques Redwall (my all-time favorite series). The story of an orphaned fox with no name living in a cruel orphanage environment will strike a chord with the reader and they will immediately develop a connection with the fox. The fox eventually befriends a bird named Trinket, Trinket gives him the name of Arthur and their friendship begins. The two escape from the orphanage and set off on an adventure that turns into a sort of coming of age story - and sort of quest. The plot of the story is dark but there is redemption at the end and Bartok's writing pulls the reader along as the story unfolds. Bartok's illustrations are scattered throughout and add dimension to the story. The publisher rates this book 10-14 years, I would put it more to 12-16 because of length and complexity. This is a solid choice for tweens and teens looking for a novel they can wrap themselves in. Please note I received a free review copy of this book.
Niki_Estes More than 1 year 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