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On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena's father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

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"Though Lena Mattacascar is a decisive 18-year-old, her journey from middle-class respectability to adventuress has a youthful air of fantasy about it. She leaves the city, where she has grown up, by train to travel to Scree, an uncharted wilderness of 'indigenous folks' and deported convicts, with an earnest young librarian named Jimson Quiggley as her seatmate and the dour eye of marshal Thomas Saltre upon them. Lena cannot stop thinking about her mysterious father, who disappeared in a cloud of infamy when she was young, or about the possibility that there is a soulless 'Peculiar' in her family tree (Lena is highly self-conscious about her large, extra-jointed hands and feet). Scree is the place where Lena's questions might be answered, but arriving there just multiplies them. Readers graduating from the stories of C.S. Lewis and Edward Eager will be right at home — and cat lovers will adore Jimson's employer's pet, Mrs. Mumbles. McQuerry's extensive world-building leaves open the possibility of future installments, though the questions Lena is left with are the kind answered less by adventuring than by growing up. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Sandra Bishop, MacGregory Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"McQuerry offers a brooding northwest setting touched by steampunk elements to tell a story that is in equal parts inventive fantasy, light romance, and thrilling adventure. With a backdrop as strong as its heroine, this one is a page-turner."Booklist (Starred Review)

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"Readers graduating from the stories of C.S. Lewis and Edward Eager will be right at home — and cat lovers will adore Jimson's employer's pet, Mrs. Mumbles." Publishers Weekly

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"Richly atmospheric read." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.

Synopsis:

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.

On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lenas father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

Praise for The Peculiars

STARRED REVIEW

"McQuerry offers a brooding northwest setting touched by steampunk elements to tell a story that is in equal parts inventive fantasy, light romance, and thrilling adventure. With a backdrop as strong as its heroine, this one is a page-turner."

--Booklist, starred review

The Peculiars combines a teenage girls search for her identity with a setting that merges the genres of fantasy, gothic and steampunk. A light romance, a bit of adventure and the authors inclusion of historical notes complete this delightful offering.”

--BookPage

"Readers graduating from the stories of C.S. Lewis and Edward Eager will be right at home—and cat lovers will adore Jimsons employers pet, Mrs. Mumbles."

--Publishers Weekly

"A creative, entertaining, and wholly original fantasy."

--The Horn Book

"Richly atmospheric read."

--Kirkus Reviews

Award

YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

 

About the Author

Maureen Doyle McQuerry is an award-winning poet and author and a teacher specializing in YA literature and writing. She was the 2000 McAuliffe Fellow for Washington state. Her poems regularly appear in the Southern Review, Atlanta Review, and others. She lives in Richland, Washington. Visit her online at www.maureenmcquerry.com.

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Set in a steampunk 1800’s, Lena Mattacascar’s journey takes readers from her quiet home in the City to the wild lands of Scree. Lena, with her abnormal sized hands and feet, is on a mission to find her father, determining whether she is, in fact, a Peculiar.

The mystery surrounding Peculiars starts from the very beginning of the story. Ms. McQuerry gives readers insight into Lena’s childhood that generates an understanding for why Lena is so shaken up about her genetics. As the story progresses, more speculation about Peculiars comes to the fore. It’s said by hateful citizens that Peculiars are soulless and inherently evil. McQuerry draws readers in with the promise of finding out exactly what a Peculiar is and whether or not Lena should be labeled as such.

The novel starts right off with Lena heading out on her journey. Along the way she meets many quirky characters who liven up the story and keep it from seeming too serious. McQuerry has a gift for creating characters and character names that fit right in with the alternative era. For instance, Lena meets an awkward Jimson Quiggley, inventive Tobias Beasley, and the murmuring Scree-cat, Mrs. Mumbles.

Lena becomes a stronger heroine as her journey comes to a close. McQuerry does a wonderful job of taking this City girl and putting her through obstacles in which Lena prevails and makes something of her situation. The mix of fantasy and steampunk, with a little dash of romance, makes The Peculiars a spectacular read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781419701788
Author:
McQuerry, Maureen Doyle
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Author:
McQuerry, Maureen
Author:
Doyle McQuerry, Maureen
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though Lena Mattacascar is a decisive 18-year-old, her journey from middle-class respectability to adventuress has a youthful air of fantasy about it. She leaves the city, where she has grown up, by train to travel to Scree, an uncharted wilderness of 'indigenous folks' and deported convicts, with an earnest young librarian named Jimson Quiggley as her seatmate and the dour eye of marshal Thomas Saltre upon them. Lena cannot stop thinking about her mysterious father, who disappeared in a cloud of infamy when she was young, or about the possibility that there is a soulless 'Peculiar' in her family tree (Lena is highly self-conscious about her large, extra-jointed hands and feet). Scree is the place where Lena's questions might be answered, but arriving there just multiplies them. Readers graduating from the stories of C.S. Lewis and Edward Eager will be right at home — and cat lovers will adore Jimson's employer's pet, Mrs. Mumbles. McQuerry's extensive world-building leaves open the possibility of future installments, though the questions Lena is left with are the kind answered less by adventuring than by growing up. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Sandra Bishop, MacGregory Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "McQuerry offers a brooding northwest setting touched by steampunk elements to tell a story that is in equal parts inventive fantasy, light romance, and thrilling adventure. With a backdrop as strong as its heroine, this one is a page-turner."
"Review" by , "Readers graduating from the stories of C.S. Lewis and Edward Eager will be right at home — and cat lovers will adore Jimson's employer's pet, Mrs. Mumbles."
"Review" by , "Richly atmospheric read."
"Synopsis" by , This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.
"Synopsis" by ,
This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.

On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lenas father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

Praise for The Peculiars

STARRED REVIEW

"McQuerry offers a brooding northwest setting touched by steampunk elements to tell a story that is in equal parts inventive fantasy, light romance, and thrilling adventure. With a backdrop as strong as its heroine, this one is a page-turner."

--Booklist, starred review

The Peculiars combines a teenage girls search for her identity with a setting that merges the genres of fantasy, gothic and steampunk. A light romance, a bit of adventure and the authors inclusion of historical notes complete this delightful offering.”

--BookPage

"Readers graduating from the stories of C.S. Lewis and Edward Eager will be right at home—and cat lovers will adore Jimsons employers pet, Mrs. Mumbles."

--Publishers Weekly

"A creative, entertaining, and wholly original fantasy."

--The Horn Book

"Richly atmospheric read."

--Kirkus Reviews

Award

YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

 

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