My Review: This was an excellent book. Author Anne Ursu portrays Oscar so well. Unfortunately I can't say much about his character without giving away All The Things.
The story is very inventive, which I always like. It's a nice fantasy book that takes a good look at magic and what it is and what it can be and how it should or should not be used - there are some real philosophical questions raised without slowing down the plot or feeling educational - they're woven neatly into the story. It's a rich, rich tale with excellent characters.
This book is a great read. It doesn't shy away from a little darkness in the plot here and there, but it's mostly a character story about Oscar, and he's a great character. The book has some nice full page illustrations in it, and some good twists and turns in the plot.
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Length: 341 Pages
Genre/Age: Middle Grade
My rating: 5 stars