The Luck Uglies (Hardcover)

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By Paul Durham, Petur Antonsson (Illustrator)
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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 Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series and Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon, 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 and a Sunshine State Young Readers Award.

Praise For…

★ “By turns funny and heart-stopping . . . a bona fide page-turner.”

★ “Sparkling. Layers, nuance, wit and a thumping good story make this a must-read.”

“A rollicking good tale. A fast, fresh, and engaging adventure sure to delight readers on several levels.”

“Funny, magical, and absolutely crackling with those little sparks that make a book wonderful. It’s an action-packed adventure with heroes you’ll root for and baddies you’ll hiss at, all set in a land that I, for one, would love to visit again.”

“Paul Durham has created the best kind of fantasy world—one that is equal parts wondrous and deadly, and in which the line between heroism and villainy is deliciously blurred.”

“Midnight adventures, smart humor, a richly imagined otherworld, and winsome characters—The Luck Uglies has the perfect ingredients for a spell-binding read. If you are lucky enough to pick up this book, prepare for a wild ride!”

“The Luck Uglies has it all: a feisty heroine, monstrous creatures, and a brimful of humor, and horror, to keep the readers turning the pages.”

“A magical, mist-shrouded world humming with danger and mystery.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062271501
ISBN-10: 0062271504
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Luck Uglies