If you thought you’d read every type of middle-grade fantasy-adventure there is, then think again. With The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, Jaclyn Moriarty has created a game-changing, quirky, epic and everso delightful novel that grips your imagination with its utterly original story.
About a very practical and forthright girl called Bronte, whose parents were killed by pirates when she was a baby, the Inconvenient Adventures begin when Bronte’s parents Will-reading forces her to go on a long journey across many kingdoms to deliver gifts to her many aunts. She has strict instructions to do this, in a certain time-span, or the town where she lives with her Aunt Isabelle will collapse under the magic of a fairy cross-stitch curse.
Bronte sets out and has the kinds of adventures sprung upon her that every child in their wildest dreams would love to go on. From riding dragons, to escaping shipwrecks, from battling pirates, to confronting the evil Whisper King, Bronte approaches each section of her adventures with her typically blasé and cynical pseudo-adult personality.
And Bronte’s character is the main thing that is so original and captivating about this book – she is so effortlessly curious, questioning, forward-thinking, challenging, funny, empathic and down-to-earth that it makes all the fantastical and crazy elements of the things she encounters on her travels totally plausible. In fact, I’ve never read a book where the main character is so try-anything-once at the same time as being oddly literal and emotional in the way she processes the world. Jaclyn has created an amazing and believable character in Bronte.
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone really is a meandering, epic adventure seen through Bronte’s eyes. The story is a treat to behold, and will absorb you in it as it is full of wonderment and joy, a dark sense of humour and even has a stunning, heart-warming ending too. Everyone should read this!