Bronte Mettlestone is ten years old when she receives a telegram that her parents have been killed by pirates.
This doesn’t bother her much: she has been raised by her Aunt Isabelle and 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 have been reinforced with faery cross-stitch – so if she doesn't complete them, terrible things will happen. She must travel through the kingdoms, delivering gifts to her ten extraordinary and eccentric aunts: one who owns an orange orchard, another who specializes in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship, and a former rock star aunt who is 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.
With its storytelling aplomb, humor, imagination, and many
twists and turns, this novel places Moriarty…firmly in Diana
Wynne Jones territory. Readers will want to begin rereading
this spellbinder just as soon as they finish it, to find all
the clues and connections and coincidences Moriarty drops
and weaves and reconciles throughout.
The Horn Book *Starred Review*
Jaclyn Moriarty charms, thrills and delights in this
delightfully unpredictable, unique and modern novel, while
also brilliantly evoking echoes of classic children's
authors like Diana Wynne Jones and Joan Aiken.
Garth Nix, bestselling author
An absolute sparkling delight of a story! Whisperers, water
sprites, spellbinders and faery-cross stitch; this book is
brimming with bright new magic…just perfect.
Have I led you wrong about middle grade fantasy in the
THE EXTREMELY INCONVENIENT ADVENTURES OF BRONTE
brings all the strengths you’ve praised in Jaci Moriarty’s
fiction – her brilliant plotting, her wit, her delicious use
of magic, and most of all, her uncanny ability to turn a
group of characters into a group of friends – I think this
time she brings those strengths to the group that will most
appreciate them: middle grade readers.
Arthur Levine, editor of BRONTE METTLESTONE and the HARRY POTTER series, in a letter to booksellers
Bronte Mettlestone is hilarious. If you happen to know
children who … enjoy aunts, dragons, adventure, making
friends, questioning norms, being a person… please put this
book in their hands immediately. I also think it would be an
excellent one to read aloud together, in which case you
could extend the age range a bit younger – say to a curious