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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

(Kingdoms and Empires #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  842 ratings  ·  189 reviews

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

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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Scholastic Inc.
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Lola
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Not only did Bronte Mettlestone’s parents die, which is a tragedy in itself, but before they were murdered by pirates, they left a list of tasks Bronte must absolutely accomplish after their deaths.

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
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Melki
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kidstuff
I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates.

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
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Nomes
Ahh, perfectly charming, whimsical, funny and wholly original with some wicked and wild unexpected twists. This book was such a delight to spend time with and so creatively realised. The characters endeared themselves to me and I loved every minute spent with them. It was a whole lot of adventure and fun, but also with some tender and heart-wrenching tear-jerker moments. Recommended for everyone, and especially all the young people in your lives (grade 3 up) and the young at heart :)
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Ten year old Bronte Mettlestone is embarking on a wondrous adventure, adhering to her late parents legacy despite the concerns of Isabelle, her Aunt and guardian. Patrick and Lida Mettlestone were adventurers, abandoning their only child with Isabelle then captured by pirates. The news of their demise delivered during afternoon tea. To receive her inheritance, Bronte is to travel the kingdom and empires to deliver keepsakes to ten of her father's sisters, adhering to the specific instructions ...more
Jessica
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather adorable story in the vein of things like the Series of Unfortunate Events or even a less creepy Coraline. At first it was a bit too weird and madcap for me, but I loved many of the aunts and Bronte's adventures, and the resolution was very satisfying. Bronte is a very real character, and so are the other children she interacts with. Many of the adults come off as a bit too cartoonish, and one aunt in particular stressed me out by being so oblivious and self-centered as to become an ...more
Kathryn
4.5 STARS

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
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Amy
Initially, I found myself somewhat disappointed. I love Jaclyn Moriarty. (Upon review, I love 3 of her books. Then I felt meh about one, read another, and never finished The Ghosts of Ashbury High.)
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
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Trisha
I stayed up very late to finish because I could not put the book down. It's addictive, deceptively sweet, and entirely satisfying.
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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
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Beth
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful! This would be a super read aloud for a class or bedtime. It has everything...pirates, elves, magic, a quest, kooky characters, heart, and (my personal favorite) dragons. I am looking forward to the next book!
James
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (5)

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
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Samantha Lizzio
Jaclyn Moriarty is a refreshing middle grade writer. This story is filled with whimsical energy as readers follow along with protagonist, Bronte, and her incredibly interesting adventures. Yes, I said interesting not inconvenient!

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
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Christine Bongers
Utterly charming with a deeply satisfying ending. Loved it.
Marty Fried
Aug 31, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I don't know why I picked this up and started reading it, but I will admit that it was a fun read for a while - pretty humorous overall. But unfortunately, it was too simple for me after a short time, and I decided not to waste time reading it, as I had many other books I wanted to read more.
Pauline
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative, funny - just perfect. Bronte is an exceptional hero with a very sensible inner voice. We meet a collection of delightful, different and eccentric aunts as she endeavours to fulfil her quest. This is just delightful.
BrocheAroe
Fresh, fun, and fantastical! Rational, sensible Bronte was living an idyllic life with her Aunt Isabelle, when her absent parents get killed by pirates. Their will decrees that Bronte must travel through various kingdoms on a very specific schedule, delivering gifts to her 10 other aunts. How inconvenient! And yet – as Bronte saves a drowning baby, rescues an aunt in prison, learns how to speak dragon, and makes friends with water sprites, she also hears tales of her parents, learns of her ...more
Rebecca
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's the old expression: You can choose your friends, but not your relatives.

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
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Brandy Painter
This was cute. It has a rather old-fashioned feel to it in many ways, but just enough that it will still appeal to MG readers who aren't into that as much. The story in many ways is absurd, but in a delightful way that is sure to appeal to its target audience. How many 11 year olds wish they could go on an adventure all by themselves like Bronte? I like how the adults weren't at all okay with this turn of events in most cases, and that there was an explanation for why Bronte had to travel alone. ...more
Hayley
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day I would desperately love to meet Jaclyn Moriarty to see if she's as utterly delightful as her novels. She writes adult fiction as if they're for children and children's novels that also perfectly cater to grown ups. I'm thrilled to say that although I had my reservations about the subject matter for this one, it still charmed the pants off me, like of all her books before. Her novels are hugely imaginative, whimsical, and inclusive, with just the right touch of cynicism, making her the ...more
LauraW
I wanted to like this one more than I actually did. I have read quite a few of Moriarty's books for teens and REALLY liked them, but this one seemed too self-consciously cute for me. The tone is very similar (for me) to the books by Kate DiCamillo. It is just a tad too precious. And the connections between all of the characters are tied up just a bit too neatly. That said, some of the characters were especially interesting and I would have enjoyed knowing more about them. This was true ...more
Imagene Wonders
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! As soon as I read it, I knew it was my new favorite book.

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
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Kerri
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this! From the first sentence, 'I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates', I was hooked. This book is funny, fast paced, insightful and makes for incredibly compelling reading. Kids who confidently read chapter books will be well suited to this, but it would also be fun to read aloud. A lot of adults will enjoy it too - I did!
Oh and the illustrations by Kelly Canby are wonderful.
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BetweenLinesAndLife
4.5 Stars
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!
Sarah Lee
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and surprising story that my 9 year old daughter and I read together. I often read chapters aloud to her, and she read paragraphs to me, until - by the end of the book - she was reading quietly ahead of me and I was having to catch up!
Kerry
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And a half!
Abby Cooper
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A funny, clever, totally unique adventure.
Dom
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Magical
Sophie (RedheadReading)
What a delight! Such a magical middle grade novel with some wonderful ideas and a whole lot of heart. Exactly what my soul needed to read at this moment ...more
Hedzer
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going with the full 5 stars, just a great fun story from start to finish.
Hilarious
Original
Endearing characters
Nice cover & illustrations
Twists & surprises
Cool new world + map
New favourite
My wife was sneaky and got me this for Christmas, after I pointed out the cool cover at the local bookstore
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Michelle Bradley
A truly brilliant read! This book fills the gap for younger children who are desperate to read Harry Potter but might not deal with the concepts and the 'scary' parts. Wonderful adventures, fantastic characters and enough magic to satisfy all. Loved it!!
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Jaclyn Moriarty is an Australian writer of young adult literature.

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.

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