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Author: Paul Durham Narrator: Fiona Hardingham Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Luck Uglies Series Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9780062324986
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The first in a series with the makings of a modern classic, The Luck Uglies is an irresistible cross between Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series and Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon, overflowing with adventure, secrets, friendship, and magic.

Rye O'Chanter has seen a lot of strange things happen in Village Drowning: Children are chased through the streets. Families are fined for breaking laws that don't even exist. Girls aren't allowed to read anymore, and certain books—books that hold secrets about Drowning's past—have been outlawed altogether.

Now a terrifying encounter has eleven-year-old Rye convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned. Before the monsters disappeared, there was only one way to defeat them—the Luck Uglies. But the Luck Uglies have long since been exiled, and there's nobody left who can protect the village.

As Rye dives into Drowning's maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she begins to question everything she's been told about the village's legend of outlaws and beasts . . . and what she'll discover is that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.

This critically acclaimed debut middle grade novel was named an ALA Notable Book and a New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing and won the Cybil Award for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction and a Sunshine State Young Readers Award.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Durham has created an impressively tactile world peopled with fully realized characters. His writing is strong and balanced, by turns funny and heart-stopping. There are no lulls in the story, which incorporates, in a completely original way, elements that will be familiar to fans of the genre…Readers will be sorry to see this bona fide page-turner end, at least until the next volume.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Sparkling. Layers, nuance, wit, and a thumping good story make this a must-read.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Brisk wordplay, a charming heroine, and a provocative blurring of the border between heroism and villainy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The fast plot is enhanced by humor, likable characters—including some adults—undiluted heroism, frightful Bog Noblins, and a despicable earl. Altogether, this is a fast, fresh, and engaging adventure sure to delight readers on several levels.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Funny, magical, and absolutely crackling with those little sparks that make a book wonderful. It’s an action-packed adventure with heroes you’ll root for and baddies you’ll hiss at, all set in a land that I, for one, would love to visit again.”

    Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar

  • “Paul Durham has created the best kind of fantasy world—one that is equal parts wondrous and deadly, and in which the line between heroism and villainy is deliciously blurred.”

    Christopher Healy, author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

  • “A magical, mist-shrouded world humming with danger and mystery.”

    Jonathan Auxier, author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

  • “Midnight adventures, smart humor, a richly imagined otherworld, and winsome characters—The Luck Uglies has the perfect ingredients for a spellbinding read. If you are lucky enough to pick up this book, prepare for a wild ride!”

    Marissa Burt, author of Storybound and Story’s End

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About the Author

Paul Durham was raised in Massachusetts and attended college and law school in Boston. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two daughters, and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.

About the Narrator

Billie Fulford-Brown is a London-based actress, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator.