Fork Tongue Charmers (The Luck Uglies #2)
by Paul Durham
HarperCollins (March 2015)
Audience: Ages 9 to 12
Fiction * Adventure * Secret Societies
The Luck Uglies (Book #1) | Fork Tongue Charmers (Book #2)
Indiebound | WorldCat
Description from the publisher:
Rye O'Chanter was shocked to discover that her father was the leader of the notorious band of outlaws known as the Luck Uglies. Now she too has been declared a criminal in her own village, and she must flee to the strange and remote Isle of Pest while her father faces off against the Luck Uglies' bitterest rivals, the Fork-Tongue Charmers, on the mainland.
But all bets are off when the battle moves to the shores of Pest. To defeat the Fork-Tongue Charmers, Rye must defy a deranged earl, survive a test meant to judge the grit of the fiercest men, and lead the charge in defending the island against a strangely familiar enemy, which means uncovering some long-buried family secrets. . . .
The first book in the Luck Uglies series was named an ALA Notable Children's Book as well as a New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing, and it won the Cybil Award for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction. This second installment ratchets up the humor, charm, and adventure, taking the series to brand-new heights!
Check out the official book trailer for The Luck Uglies (Book #1):
Quick thoughts: Gargoyles. Check. Bog Noblins. Check. Adventure. Check. Looking for that middle grade series for the student who likes fantasy adventures with lots of pages? Then look no further than Paul Durham's Luck Uglies. Durham has created a fast-paced fantasy adventure that will draw you in and keep you reading until you finish. Since Fork-Tongue Charmers is the 2nd book in the Luck Uglies series, I strongly encourage you to pick up the first book The Luck Uglies. If you are a teacher looking for an end of the year read aloud, The Luck Uglies will be one of those books that will draw in readers and leave them searching for the second book when you are done reading. So, who will you be recommending this to?
About the Author:
Paul Durham wrote this book and The Luck Uglies in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two daughters, and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. Find out more about Paul Durham on his website: http://www.pauldurhambooks.com/