Now in paperback, Jaclyn Moriarty returns with her first middle-grade novel, a buoyantly high-spirited fantasy adventure.
Bronte Mettlestone is 10 years old when her parents are killed by pirates.
This does not bother her particularly: Her parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby. She has been raised by her Aunt Isabelle, with assistance from the Butler, and has spent a pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons. Now, however, her parents have left detailed instructions for Bronte in their will. (Instructions that, annoyingly, have been reinforced with faery cross-stitch, which means that if she doesn't complete them, terrible things could happen!) She travels the kingdoms, perfectly alone, delivering gifts to 10 other aunts: a farmer aunt who owns an orange orchard, a veterinarian aunt who specializes in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship, and a former rock star aunt who is now the reigning monarch of a small kingdom.
But as she travels from aunt to aunt, Bronte suspects there might be more to this journey than the simple delivery of treasure.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Jaclyn Moriarty is the award-winning author of A Corner of White, The Cracks in the Kingdom, A Tangle of Gold, The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, The Ghosts of Ashbury High, and The Spell Book of Listen Taylor. A former media and entertainment lawyer, Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, Australia, lived in the United States, Canada, and UK, and now lives in Sydney again. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries, and sleep.
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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
he Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone describes the story of Bronte Mettlestone, a ten-year old girl who lives in a mystical land full of spell binders and dark magic whisperers. Bronte’s parents, Patrick and Lida, ran away when she was a baby, in search of adventure. Bronte receives a telegram that says her parents were killed by pirates, along with their will that requires her to deliver special ingredients to her ten aunts. She ventures across the country, discovering things about her aunts she never knew. The son of one of her aunts, Queen Alys, is kidnapped by pirates and given to the Dark Whispering King. Bronte must concoct a portion to cast a spell over the King to save Prince William and free the Whisperers. Will Bronte save the Whispers and return Billy safely? My favorite part of this book is how Bronte and her friends solve riddles to get inside the Whispering Kingdom. She must search for clues around the gates to determine which lock the key fits in. When the key flew around, her friends used their unique skills to capture the key. Bronte is my favorite character because she is polite, smart, and solves problems. When her parents disappeared, she was raised by her eldest and eleventh aunt and a butler. I give this book five stars because each visit transitions well into the next aunt. I also enjoyed the mystical element of the story and how independent Bronte was. The vivid descriptions helped me imagine what was going on in the story. I recommend this book for kids ages 8+ who like magic and adventure. Bianca M., Age 9, Denver Mensa
When I was about 12 years old “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte was my favorite book. I have no idea why 12 year old me loved “Jane Eyre” so much, but I did. So, when I saw “The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone” by Jaclyn Moriarty at my local Barnes and Noble while Christmas shopping, I picked it up, if only for the protagonist’s name. I read the first three pages, love it and brought it home. I hadn’t read anything by Jaclyn Moriarty, but after reading this book that will change. Bronte Mettlestone is a truly delightful narrator of her adventures. The book starts, “I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think-I hardly knew my parents.” And thus, we are off on an adventure to visit all of Bronte’s Aunts because her parents’ will has been fairy cross stitched which compels her to go and to go by herself. For 2018 readers that might come across as shockingly dangerous, but one must remember that it wasn’t so long ago that “My Side of the Mountain” or “The Boxcar Children” had protagonists who functioned quite well without adults, thank you. Bronte learns a great deal about her family, herself and why her parents ended up where they ended up. The end of the book was a true delight and left me feeling happy and satisfied. I think my favorite thing about “The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone” was the fact that this was a book written for children that wasn’t condescending towards her readers. Many books written for children tend to treat their readers as though they are only slightly smarter than your average golden retriever. Ms. Moriarty recognizes the fact that children between 8-12 years of age are actually a great deal more competent that adults tend to give them credit for. She is clearly writing a book that gives permission for children to be responsible for themselves and have grand adventures. In a world that is punishing parents for letting their children walk down the street to get the mail by themselves, this was delightfully refreshing. I HIGHLY recommend “The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone” by Jaclyn Moriarty. It’s a fantastic read for an adult reader, a 4-8th grade reader or as a read aloud. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
It’s a pleasure watching all the pieces fit into place. Bronte must visit her 10 aunts in their various locations around the Kingdoms and Empires, delivering gifts their brother Patrick and his wife Lida left to them. Her parents dictate how she is to travel, how long she is to stay, and both require and recommend certain activities along the way. She’ll meet family she’d only heard about, and enjoy some relatives more than others. She’ll begin to learn more about and better understand her adventure-loving parent’s along the way. She’ll also learn more about herself. As is often the case in adventures like Bronte’s, what may appear to be extremely inconvenient at first will become extremely convenient later. It’s a pleasure watching all the pieces fit into place. Despite the size of Bronte’s family and each addition of friendship, and despite the breadth of her travels and the tasks involved, no detail is superfluous as Moriarty weaves an astonishingly snug narrative. She rewards the reader for paying attention, and because the clues seem obvious and Bronte so quick to reflect on them, you may assume there’ll be little room for surprises. Speaking of the size of Bronte’s family and their world: if you are a character-driven reader who also expects each character to be fully realized or multi-dimensional, you’ll just be disappointed. Some of the aunts will be unavailable because they are unavailable to Bronte, in the normal, un-fantasy way some adults are to children—they’re busy with work, disinterested, or are depressed. The adventures are not only inconvenient to Bronte, but many of the other characters in the novel—which is pretty amusing. My only concern with the novel is one I tend to have with any book that employs such clever and charming narrators—it’s the risk of becoming cloying or just flat out annoying. I was taken with the whimsy, and the surprisingly sharp edge to the wit so I warmed to Bronte and the rhythm of her adventure fairly quickly. Bronte is inquisitive, resourceful, thoughtful, and strong-willed—and inconvenienced (read exasperated and angry). She also grows into an appreciation for what such an inconvenient situation has to offer: new friends, family, new skills—and important revelations. If you take your adventures with a heavy dose of the whimsical and enjoy heroines who wear their sass and vulnerability beneath a veneer of polite society, The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is a your cup of tea. Recommended for readers who enjoy the conversational narrator, variety in their adventures, whimsy, magic and mysteries. A good read aloud. This adventure is also fantastically fem-friendly