The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone
Bronte Mettlestone is ten years old when her parents are killed by pirates.
This does not bother her particularly: her parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby. She has been raised by her Aunt Isabelle, with assistance from the Butler, and has spent a pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons. Now, however, her parents have left detailed...more
Of course, they didn’t plan on that happening when their daughter is only ten. And alas, Bronte cannot wait a few more years until she’s older, wiser and stronger, because if she doesn’t set out on this, er, adventure, her world and the people in it will be in great, great danger. There’s no way to ...more
Well, you had me at pirates, but lost me with the rest of the book.
Newly orphaned Bronte, who has been living with her aunt since infancy, has been sent on an adventure at the behest of her newly deceased parents' will: she is to visit her other ten aunts, spend varying amounts of time with them, and give them each a pre-selected gift before she takes her leave. The instructions are oddly specific, right down to what foods Bronte is to ...more
I don't have time to write an adequate review but I hope a few words are better than nothing because I truly enjoyed tagging along on Bronte's extremely inconvenient adventures. The writing style just clicked for me from page one and I knew the book and I would get on swimmingly. Still, I've ready plenty of novels where I enjoy the writing style yet find one or two (or several) annoying aspects popping up in the realm of character development or plot. Not so here. In fact, it's the ...more
Anyway, I usually like her YA novels. But this feels very juvenile fiction. Precocious heroine, odd adventure, cast of caricature characters. You know the type.
I struggled a bit to get into the beginning, but once the story starts going properly, it seriously tugged on my heart strings.
The story ...more
Gosh was this one a cookie! At first it might have been a little bit harder to get into because of the unusual tone, but after I did? I absolutely loved it. This book has so many good things in it – and I just don't know where to start. First of all, it has kickass women characters. Starting with Bronte herself – a girl that I'm incredibly proud of, despite her being a fictional character! She's serious for a ten year old, and ...more
Bronte’s parents have been killed by Pirates but she’s not that upset about it. She never quite knew them, they left her on her aunt’s doorstep when she was a baby. Luckily, this is no Dursley situation. Bronte’s aunt Isabelle is somewhat strict and big on manners, but she loves her niece very much. Bronte’s world is truly shook when she finds out that her parents have left a will. A will that is enchanted to destroy Bronte’s ...more
Bronte’s voice is unique and spot-on for a young girl in a fantastical world. I don’t read middle grade too often but judging by how enchanting this book was, I’ll be picking up middle grade fantasy a lot more going forward. I also can’t wait to read more of Jaclyn’s ...more
And right from the opening lines, you know 10 year old Bronte Mettlestone has an unusual family:
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Set across Kingdoms and Empires, featuring dragons, magic and cruise ships Bronte ventures off to follow the strict instructions of her parents' will. Meeting various aunts, uncles and cousins Bronte discovers new skills, talents and most importantly of all the universal emotions of sadness, love and ...more
The main character Bronte Mettlestone was only 10 years old when she got a telegram saying her parents had been killed by pirates. She didn't mind that much because when she was just a baby she was dropped at her aunt Isabelle's while her parents were out having adventures. Her parents left very detailed instructions for her in their will which she must follow or else terrible things will happen. The instructions that ...more
Oh and the illustrations by Kelly Canby are wonderful. ...more
This was soo much fun! Jaclyn Moriarty was one of my favorite authors as a young teen and this book just send me right back to that time!
It was funny, felt nostalgic in its writing, the adventure was fun and intriguing and the little details were so well put together and crafted! I was in awe how everything had a purpose and added to the bigger end picture!
Highly recommend this to the child in your life and the child in your heart!
Nice cover & illustrations
Twists & surprises
Cool new world + map
My wife was sneaky and got me this for Christmas, after I pointed out the cool cover at the local bookstore ...more
She studied English at the University of Sydney, and law at Yale University and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD.
She is the younger sister of Liane Moriarty. She was previously married to Canadian writer Colin McAdam, and has a son, Charlie. She currently lives in Sydney.