by: Ilana Waters
Ten-year-old Stanley Delacourt loves his quiet life in the peaceful village of Meadowwood. At least, he does until his best friend is killed. Then the town library—where Stanley lives and works—is burned to the ground. The individuals responsible for both tragedies are a nasty group of soldiers. They work for the kingdom’s new leader, Christopher Siren. With the grown-ups too fearful to take action, Stanley vows to confront Siren. He plans to get answers and demand justice. Little does he know that his journey will involve sword-wielding knights, kidnapper fairies, and dark magic.
Stanley has only two allies back home: a witch named Meredith, and a young apothecary called Sophie. Can they help him discover the reason behind Siren’s crimes and end this terrible reign? Or is Stanley set to become the next victim in the tyrant’s evil plot?
The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt is a fantastical Middle Grade Adventure. In the book Stanley goes on an adventure to confront Siren, the man behind the killing of his friend Will and the burning down of Meadowwood’s library.
I thought the book was very well written, from the first page Waters weaves together a beautiful world. World-building in fantasy novels, especially in books aimed at younger audiences is often very hard to accomplish. Often times the reader is left with tons of info dumping and a world that is too complex to understand. However the world of Harlandia is beautifully described and Stanley’s adventures in his world reminded me of Frodo’s leave from the Shire.
In addition I really think this book will appeal to both girls and boys with two secondary characters being Meredith, a witch, and Sophie, Stanley’s lifelong friend whose strong personality provides a great contrast to Stanley’s quieter personality. As I have said before, I value an amazing friendship over insta-love any day.
Oh and did I mention there is magic?! Tons of magic 🙂 I am going to share my copy with my younger brother and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!!
As the book description says: If you enjoy the fantasy works of Rick Riordan, Lemony Snicket, or Philip Pullman, then explore the world of Stanley Delacourt today!
**I received this book from the author, this is a 100% honest review.**
Release Date: August 2012
Edition language: English