Mira Bartok, The Wonderling

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Event: Mira Bartok, The Wonderling (Book Launch!)
When: Saturday, September 30, 4:00 pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
 
Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name — a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck — it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name — Arthur, like the good king in the old stories — and a best friend. Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny. Richly imagined, with shimmering language, steampunk motifs, and gripping, magical plot twists, this high adventure fantasy is the debut novel of award-winning memoirist Mira Bartók and has already been put into development for a major motion picture.
 
Mira Bartók is an artist and writer who wished she could sing Italian opera while dancing on ice skates on a frozen moonlit lake. But alas, she is too shy for that sort of thing, and has resigned herself to spend most of her waking life writing stories and making pictures. She is the creator of The Wonderling: Songcatcher, the first book in an illustrated middle-grade epic fantasy series, forthcoming by Candlewick Press in September, 2017. And, as luck would have it, The Wonderling will also be a movie, directed by award-winning British director, Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot, The Reader, etc.), and produced byWorking Title Films and Fox2000. She is also the author of The Memory Palace, aNew York Times bestselling memoir and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She has written numerous books on ancient and indigenous cultures for children (The Ancient and Living Stencil Series), and her writing for adults has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, noted in The Best American Essays series and has appeared in many literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her musician/producer husband Doug Plavin and their little bat-eared dog Sadie. 

 

Event date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College st.
South Hadley, MA 01075
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The Wonderling Cover Image
By Mira Bartok, Mira Bartok (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780763691219
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 26th, 2017