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The Luck Uglies, Paul Durham ; illustrations by Pétur Antonsson

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The Luck Uglies
Title
The Luck Uglies
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Paul Durham ; illustrations by Pétur Antonsson
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Language
eng
Summary
Eleven-year-old Rye O'Chanter and her two friends delve into the secret lore of their village when mysterious creatures of legend reappear on the night of the Black Moon, leading them to the notorious secret society, the Luck Uglies
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Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 4-7 Debut author Durham kick-starts his fantasy adventure trilogy with this cracker of an introduction. Rye O’Chanter—11 years old, unbelievably brave, and jaw-droppingly reckless—lives with her widowed mother and toddler sister in Village Drowning. The village is under the thumb of the ruthless and self-absorbed Earl Longchance. Years ago the village was terrorized by Bog Noblins, and Longchance claims the credit for driving them away. But legend says that honor goes to the Luck Uglies, a secret (some would even say criminal) society now banished and lost. When a supposedly extinct Bog Noblin turns up in the village, a power struggle ensues between Longchance and a man called Harmless, who holds the secret to the fate of the Luck Uglies. How Rye fits into all this is part of the drama and a lot of the excitement. Durham has created an impressively tactile world peopled with fully realized characters. His writing is strong and balanced, by turns funny and heart-stopping. There are no lulls in the story, which incorporates, in a completely original way, elements that will be familiar to fans of the genre. Antonsson’s chapter-opening sketches further light the way. Readers will be sorry to see this bona fide page-turner end, at least until the next volume. -- Dean, Kara (Reviewed 05-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 18, p68)
  • In Durham's witty fantasy debut, 11-year-old Rye O'Chanter is bent on mischief with her friends Quinn and Folly. They live in Village Drowning, a muddy place haunted by tales of ravenous Bog Noblins, vicious creatures from Beyond the Shale, and criminal Luck Uglies, outlaw robbers long since driven away by the Earl of Longchance, who holds Drowning in an iron grip. Rye's household offers no respite from the peculiarities of the outside world: her mother enforces a cryptic set of House Rules, Rye's pet cat Shady can't possibly be only a cat, and her father's identity remains unknown to her. When a monster from legend and a tattooed man named Harmless appear, Rye aligns with the blind street rat Truitt and the Earl's unpleasant daughter, Malydia, to help the Luck Uglies save Drowning from dangers without and tyranny within. First in a planned trilogy, this adventure staggers slightly under the weight of its thorny plot turns, but is kept aloft by brisk wordplay, a charming heroine, and a provocative blurring of the border between heroism and villainy. Ages 8–12. Author's agent: Michelle Andelman, Regal Literary. (May) --Staff (Reviewed July 21, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 29, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A sparkling middle-grade fantasy opens a trilogy. Rye O'Chanter is a somewhat clumsy 11-year-old who enjoys hijinks with best friends Quinn and Folly on the roofs and lanes of Village Drowning, a dark, medieval-feeling town. It's run by a nasty, self-absorbed earl and surrounded by bogs that have spawned a legend of Bog Noblins—vile beasts who eat unwary villagers and adorn themselves with necklaces made out of said villagers' feet. Many years earlier, a secret society of protectors named Luck Uglies had fought and vanquished the Bog Noblins, and now, neither monsters nor secret society members exist. Or do they? When a real, not-just-legend, Bog Noblin shows up and begins to terrorize Village Drowning, old fears as well as old secrets are resurrected. Debut author Durham spins a tale of intrigue and adventure peopled with characters so individually full of both goodness and flaws that readers will immediately relate. It is this nuance of character that raises the narrative above the trope of a good-vs.-evil storyline and into richer, more layered territory. Durham combines intelligent writing that does not talk down to the intended audience with an innocent charm—a concoction that is sure to captivate readers and make them thankful that this is Book 1 of a trilogy. Layers, nuance, wit and a thumping good story make this a must-read. (Fantasy. 9-13)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10304681
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Durham, Paul
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.D9337
LC item number
Luc 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1984-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Pétur Antonsson
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Luck Uglies trilogy
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Monsters
  • Secret societies
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Fantasy
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The Luck Uglies, Paul Durham ; illustrations by Pétur Antonsson
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"1"--Spine
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9780062271501
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013047720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o859586177
  • (OCoLC)859586177
Label
The Luck Uglies, Paul Durham ; illustrations by Pétur Antonsson
Publication
Note
"1"--Spine
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9780062271501
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013047720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o859586177
  • (OCoLC)859586177

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