The Luck Uglies (Hardcover)
Syd's Staff Pick (October 2014): From the moment you open to the pages of this book you are hooked! It starts out with heart thumping action, and never disappoints as you make your way through the story. I loved everything about this book, especially its heroine, Rye, whom I felt particularly connected to. She is a stubborn, clumsy, determined young lady! She believes that the wretched Bog Noblins have returned, and never imagined the role she, her family, and the mysterious Luck Uglies would have in removing them. I loved following her throughout the story as she learns important life lessons, and truths about herself.
This story transports you to a whole new realm, full of magic and yet completely believable. It is original, light hearted, and magical. I completely loved it and cannot wait for the sequel!— From Syd's Staff Picks
The first in a series with the makings of a modern classic, The Luck Uglies is an irresistible cross between Joseph Delaney's The Last Apprentice and Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series, overflowing with adventure, secrets, friendship, and magic.
Rye O'Chanter has seen a lot of strange things happen in Village Drowning: children are chased through the streets. Families are fined for breaking laws that don't even exist. Girls aren't allowed to read anymore, and certain books--books that hold secrets about Drowning's past--have been outlawed altogether.
Now a terrifying encounter has eleven-year-old Rye convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned. Before the monsters disappeared, there was only one way to defeat them--the Luck Uglies. But the Luck Uglies have long since been exiled, and there's nobody left who can protect the village.
As Rye dives into Drowning's maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she begins to question everything she's been told about the village's legend of outlaws and beasts . . . and what she'll discover is that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.
This critically acclaimed debut middle grade novel was named an ALA Notable Book and a New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing and won the Cybil Award for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.