The Queen and the Nobody Boy

The Queen and the Nobody Boy

Hodie's Journey (in Five Parts All About Bad Choices)

Book - 2013 | First American edition.
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When Hodie, an unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace of the kingdom of Fontania, decides to leave, twelve-year-old queen Sibilla decides to escape the palace gossip about her magic abilities by running away with him.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN :, Gecko Press,, 2013.
Lerner Pub Group 2013
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781877579493
1877579491
Characteristics: 326 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Broad, Sam - Illustrator
Summary: When Hodie, an unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace of the kingdom of Fontania, decides to leave, twelve-year-old queen Sibilla decides to escape the palace gossip about her magic abilities by running away with him.

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ChristchurchKids Dec 28, 2014

The Queen and the Nobody Boy is a magical story, full of adventure, danger, royalty, spies, flying trains, stinky trolls and poisonous toads. Trouble is brewing from the very beginning of the story. The Emperor of Um’Binnia threatens war with Fontania and he hopes to destroy what magic there may be in the world. The Fontanians have been looking for ‘The Ties’ for many years, but nobody really seems to know what they are, and for the Emperor to carry out his plans he must get his hands on them too. Little do they know how important an odd-job boy might be.

Your favourite characters from The Travelling Restaurant return, including Sibilla and the pirate chef, Murgott. Hodie is the main character of this tale of Fontania. Even though he’s not treated very well in the Palace, he’s smart and brave, and determined to make something of himself. My favourite quote from the book sums up Hodie, ‘Whether a boy was somebody or nobody, if he was normal he was expected to be curious.’ Hodie and Sibilla meet lots of other interesting characters on their journey, including a rather strange Um’Binnian spy called Ogg’ward, and a very persistent squirrel. The Um’Binnians themselves are quite interesting. They have a different way of speaking and their names look and sound strange.

If you loved The Traveling Restaurant you have to get your hands on The Queen and the Nobody Boy, but if you haven’t read it this book will make you fall in love with the land of Fontania.

4 out of 5 stars

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