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The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars

(Kingdoms and Empires #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  41 reviews
An enchanting and whimsical spell-filled fantasy novel from Jaclyn Moriarty, the highly-acclaimed author of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone and the award-winning author of Feeling Sorry for Celia and A Corner of White, suitable for readers who loved A Most Magical Girl

I was taken by Whisperers at 2pm, so I never pulled the lever for the laundry
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Allen & Unwin Children's
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Philippa (Tea in the Treetops) I think companion novel is a better term for it. They can be read completely separately. However... both are set in the same universe and you will…moreI think companion novel is a better term for it. They can be read completely separately. However... both are set in the same universe and you will find lots of little references and cameos from Bronte Mettlestone in this which will obviously make for a richer reading experience if you've read Bronte Mettlestone first!(less)
Cassandra Bronte is a minor character. (It's also set a wee while before Bronte's story)

I haven't read The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte…more
Bronte is a minor character. (It's also set a wee while before Bronte's story)

I haven't read The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone yet, so I can happily say that The Slightly Alarming Tale ... is perfectly good as a standalone, I thoroughly enjoyed it.(less)
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love these books so much! Jaclyn Moriarty has this incredible way of writing, it's fun and easy to read but there's also so much going on. The plots are original and veer in unexpected directions, the characters are brilliant and engaging - this really is a brilliant book and a wonderful follow up to one my favourite books, The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone.
Also, the illustrations by Kelly Canby are such a beautiful part of the book, I loved turning to a full page
Update. I wrote about this at my blog, Trish Talks Texts, in the same review as Lenny's Book of Everything.

I find it difficult to explain how much I love this author's writing.

Her books are complicated, witty and never talk down to children.

Makes me want to go back to Bronte and re-read.

Loved this a lot.
Megan Maurice
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So magical and beautiful! I love all of Jaclyn Moriartys books and this one was no exception. I loved the way it was part of the world of the previous Kingdoms and Empires book and brought us some of the great characters from that book, while also telling a completely new story and introducing a wonderful cast of new characters. It also has so much of the authors characteristic humour and I had so many laugh out loud moments while reading it. ...more
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen children have disappeared from Spindrift, thousands of children across the Kingdoms and Empires. The town of Spindrift resides within the Kingdom of Gusts, Gales, Squalls and Violent Storms, each year children within the Kingdom participating in the Spindrift Tournament for prestige, including the children of the Orphanage, reigning defenders of the tournament. Brathelthwaite Boarding School are competing in the tournament, the privileged students and conceited headmaster believe ...more
Philippa (Tea in the Treetops)
Jaclyn Moriarty delivers again with another whimsical adventure set in the world of Kingdoms and Empires. While it could be enjoyed as a standalone novel, this is best read after finishing its predecessor due to a smattering of cameos and events that featured in the first book.

Set at the beginning of the Whispering Wars in the town of Spindrift, the story alternates between two protagonists, Finlay and Honey Bee. These children are from two rival schools the Orphanage School (Finlay) and
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Entirely brilliant book. Borrowed it from the library for my son and he insisted I read it afterwards. Very glad I did. Thinking that I must read more children's literature this year.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Enjoyed this just as much as nevermoor. This one is a bit more accessible to younger students though I think.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
really good book,do not want to give to much away but you should totally read it!!!!!!
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, whimsical, and entertaining, this new tale in this world is an excellent entry from Moriarty!!
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss

Perfectly fine, but I can't sell the British orphanage type fantasy book in my library at all. This would be good for readers who like Wood's Incorrigible Children or Byng's Molly Moon.
Karyn Silverman
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, mg, 2019-reads
Slightly alarming and thoroughly delightful, with a side of serious, pretending to be light. Love Moriarty, and love the crazy kingdoms she has created.
This is a Kingdoms & Empires novel. You will want to read Brontes adventure first, because youll like this one better if you do. Moriarty covers her bases, but when a key figure reappears and youre wondering: what?! having read the other book, at least you will also experience: oh!! (maybe rub your hands together). Too, there are mentions, peoplejust read the other book first.

Jaclyn Moriarty will return with a second installment of Kingdom and Empires with the Whispering Wars we hear about
Jaclyn Moriarty is probably one of the best Australian authors currently being published. I first read Feeling Sorry for Celia in 2001 and I've been following Moriarty's work ever since. Her move to children's books just feels so right there's always been a whimsical, magical quality to her work and it works so well with children's books, particularly children's fantasy.

The Slightly Alarming Tales of the Whispering Wars is the second installment of the Kingdoms and Empires series, set about 15
Warwick Stubbs
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it

My Partner (the listener):
I had this read to me by my partner and found it to be a thoroughly entertaining book! A good read for young adults and adults who are children at heart. It had a great mix of drama, suspense, feel good and laugh-out-loud moments from the great dialogue written through the child characters' eyes. It didn't bother me that the "end" was continuing to be explained because at least it wrapped it all up, and tied up all the loose ends. 4/5

Stephanie Bange
Reviewed from an ARC.

Finlay (a boy from the Orphanage School) and Honey Bee (a student at Braithelthwaite Boarding School) alternate chapters to tell what happened in the town of Spindrift, when they were in the middle of the Whispering Wars - hundreds of children have being stolen across the kingdom, a magical flu hits the town, and those who practice the shadow arts are not to be trusted, particularly the Whisperers, who seem to have a super, nefarious power over all. This fantasy is the
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful follow up to the book Extremely inconvenient adventures of bronte mettlestone. This story is set during the time before the first book, during the start of The Whispering Wars.

This story follows a new group of kids as they deal with war breaking out and the changes it wrecks on their lives and community. The main narrators are Finlay and Honey Bee, two kids from opposite ends of the social spectrum (one being poor and the other rich). The two learn to over come their differences and
Kylie Purdie
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This is one of the Australian Children's Book Council 2019 shortlisted younger reader books.

The second of the books on the list this year that is fairly hefty! Running to over 500 pages, I think some children would be intimidated by it. One the plus side, if they are willing to tackle it, it's a pretty good read.

Moriarty provides plenty of wonderful characters for her readers. What's more, they are clever and funny. I did think it was a bit long though. At times I wanted her to just get on with
Mary Drover
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
My review for The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is linked. This was honestly just as adorable as the first one. I truly just derive a lot of joy out of these characters and this quirky little story. I wish Id either reread Bronte or read these closer together so that I could remember some of the details from Bronte since this tells the tale of the Whispering Wars, which happened before Brontes time. This is a prequel, but it contains time travel, so it does reference ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I swear, there is no author who writes such consistently charming books as Jaclyn Moriarty. This is a follow-up to Bronte Mettlestone, set fifteen years earlier (but featuring several familiar characters). It's the same sort of hilarious, sweet, and action packed story, narrated in turns by a boy from the local orphanage and a girl from the local ritzy boarding school, who . . . Well, that would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say there are adventures and
Munro's Kids
This was so supremely up my alley that I considered giving it 4 stars to be "objective". But screw that - this was a joyous and satisfying read for me. Quirky, humorous children's fantasy is hard to pull off well - there is a lot of overly precious nonsense out there - but Moriarty sets a high standard for the genre. The Whispering Wars is less purely funny than Bronte Mettlestone, but its narrative is stronger overall and its ending much less rushed and haphazard. As a companion of sorts to ...more
Lorna Arancibia
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adored this book - I must pick up a copy so I can see the illustrations (downside of audio)
Was great to have the book told from alternate points of view. Also loved the intertwined storyline - hadn't realised this was a second book of a series but it still made sense. I will be going back to read (listen) the first book.
Will the children from differing social standings/backgrounds be able to defeat the enemy or will their differences prove to be a hindrance? ...
Kelly Callaghan
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A story told by two narrators, mostly turn about.

In the town of Spendthrift the Orphanage and private school are neck and neck at the athletics carnival. The race, won by the orphanage, leads to their disqualification on a technicality. This leads to an all out brawl and another child disappears. Can the children work together to rescue the missing children?

Some interesting concept clearly explained for the younger reader.
♫ Katherine the Omnipotent ❅
I have never actually read K&E no.1, but I picked this off the shelf and my boredom was instantly vanquished. This book was highly entertaining, and quite hilarious. It might seem juvenile, but it was a quick and easy read (the language and style - not the 500 pages) and much better to grasp than A Clockwork Orange, (the book which I read beforehand). Looking for something nice and fun? Try this book.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The writing in this book is absolutely fantastic!
The way our two protagonists argue with each other trough the chapters, or sometimes ask a third character to write a chapter is clever and hilarious.

I had the honour of meeting the author in a bookstore, and I asked if it had two points of view, or multiple.
She did not have a clear answer for me, and now I know exactly why.
Megan Healy
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was incredibly good. Jaclyns creativity is really just astounding. I loved every second, and was sad when it ended. I think it is good no matter your age level. I highly recommend the audio book version, they nailed it. ...more
Anna Davidson
Another fun, adventurous (albeit long) romp through the land of Kingdoms and Empires. No need to have read The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone; this book stands alone nicely. A worthy inclusion in this years CBCA Younger Reader shortlist. ...more
Another great magical adventure for kids. I think this stands alone without having read book 1 (Bronte doesnt even appear until about 100 pages in!) but you should definitely read book 1 anyway because its great! I love Moriartys tone in these stories, with her dry humour. Highly recommend! ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good.
I like the way Bronte is in this story along with Alejandro from the first kingdoms and empires book!
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fabulously entertaining. As I read, I could hear the words being spoken. Just beautiful and full of charm and whimsy. Wonderful
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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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Kingdoms and Empires (2 books)
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