May 13, 10
Read in January, 2008
Excellent book. Liberty (called Libby) is raised by her uncaring mother and her crazy father (who is a self proclaimed genius and clearly abusive although Libby doesn’t know it by that name). Libby’s dream is to be a boarder at The Sullivan School to get away from the house. This sounds grim, and the theme is grim, but the book itself is effervescent in its tone. Mal, Libby’s father, is a crook and a crazy inventor. The mom does nothing but eat herself into the size of a house. Libby sneaks into her father’s lab and finds a variety of potions, one which makes her able to communicate with (some) animals and one which makes her rise up into the air—and she escapes. Lots of adventures, good people and bad, and a lovely ending. Reading level perhaps late 3rd/early 4th but interest level should go well beyond that.