Friday, March 26, 2010

The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes

The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes
by Kelly Easton
ill. by Greg Swearingen
juvenile adventure
214 pages
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2009

Liberty (Libby) Aimes leads a miserable life, but she doesn't fully realize it as she has known nothing else. Confined to her house Libby spends all of her time frying everything in sight for her extremely overweight mother, Sal, to eat. The rest of the time she is cleaning or laying bricks, depending on her nasty father's mood. Mal, is always trying to teach his daughter "a lesson". Libby is always looking for a chance to discover the secrets that Mal keeps in the basement. When the opportunity finally arises, nothing is ever the same. A bizarre adventure literally whisks Libby off her feet and sends her flying feet-first into an amazing world that she had never dreamed existed. As she encounters numerous people and animals she realizes that some people are good and some "scoundrels". As she tries to avoid the latter she also discovers that she can have an effect on her own destiny as well of those she meets. Liberty is a lovable character with a very sweet nature. Her story is ridiculous yet touching at the same time. If you are looking for a fun and quirky book (with a little bit of gross) you might want to check it out.

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