The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewhere by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewhere involves two of Franc’s greatest loves, magic and skateboarding. It is written as an account of Monday through Friday at the request of Oscar’s Deputy Principal. (She wanted to know exactly what Oscar considered more important than coming to school last week.)
Involving spells, an Elven city, cryptic challenges, an epic quest and 360 kick flips, the latest offering from award winning author, Jaclyn Moriarty is fun and vibrant and zinging with ‘real’ life relatability.
‘What does “accounting” mean?’ I asked, making myself a bit more comfortable.
‘Get your feet off the chair,’ she replied.
I did what she asked.
‘Get your feet off my desk!’ Anger vibrated her voice then, like an electric guitar.
‘So where can I put my feet?’
‘On the floor! Put them on the floor!’
It also balances the magical elements beautifully, offering tangible, actually possible escapism which is so well suited to tweens and young adults.
Jaclyn is the writer of numerous other books including Feeling Sorry for Celia, The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst and the mesmerically titled, “I have a bed made of Buttermilk Pancakes’. Her books have been translated into several languages and she has won multiple awards including the NSW and QLD Premier’s Literary Awards. Oh and she also loves blueberries.