The Queen and the Nobody Boy



Hodie Is The Unpaid Odd Job Boy At The Grand Palace In The Kingdom Of Fontania Fed Up, He Decides To Leave And Better Himself In The South But The Young Queen, 12 Year Old Sibilla, Is Fed Up, Too, Because Of Gossip About Her Lack Of Magical Ability She Decides To Go With Him, Insisting He Go North To Get His Mother S Bag Back From The Emperor Of Um Binnia.The Queen and the Nobody Boy

Barbara Else is a playwright and fiction writer, and has also worked as a literary agent, editor and fiction consultant Else won the Victoria University Writer s Fellowship in 1999, and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature in 2005.

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  • Hardcover
  • 326 pages
  • The Queen and the Nobody Boy
  • Barbara Else
  • 08 February 2017
  • 9781877579493

10 thoughts on “The Queen and the Nobody Boy

  1. says:

    This book is a lovely old fashioned children s adventure story, with lots of twists and turns, very clear goodies and baddies with just a couple of are they or aren t they types, a little bit of sadness, plenty of humour, and it all turns out right at the end.The Queen is a 12 year old in the land of Fontania a land where magic keeps all the little things going nicely but so subtly that you don t need to believe in it She should be coming in to her magical powers soon The Nobody Boy does the odd jobs around the castle in exchange for a shack to sleep in and scraps from the kitchen His father disappeared a couple of years ago, leaving only his deceased mother s possessions which Hodie for that s his name looks after.Then the unpleasant Emperor of Um Binnia with his even unpleasant sidekick General Gree sle and his large, loud daughter the Emperor s, that is , Lu nedda suddenly comes to visit Everybody is relieved because the rumours had been the Um Binnia was thinking of invading them but how could they be thinking that if they were making a friendly visit Not everybody is relieved.And there the adventure begins.I could just imagine myself as child reading this book and loving it Some of the chapters are so short that when my mother would say, Just one chapter and then turn off the light I would be perfectly justified in reading three or chapters because they re very, very short, Mum and I d have the right pages to show h...

  2. says:

    This review is also posted on Thoughts and Pens Blog.This book is another random pick of mine from NetGalley The cover is so vibrant and charming that I immediately fell in love with it, hence, the immediate request The summary was even exciting, a rags to riches story Sign me up for that The Queen and the Nobody Boy narrates the story of Queen Sibilla and Hodie, the Palace s odd job boy and how their lives turned upside down after making choices that seem to lead to unfortunate events Tired of being unpaid and poorly fed at Queen Sibilla s palace, Hodie finally decided that life would be easier if he just look for his fortune somewhere else However, when he was about to flee, the young Queen Sibilla decided to accompany him as she was also frustrated from the pressures the Palace had burdened her with And together, the two children left the Kingdom of Fontania and set off on a perilous journey towards Um Binnia, another Kingdom determined to destroy Fontania and claim all the magic that it holds.I understand that this book is already the second book of the Tales of Fontania and though I ve heard about The Travelling Restaurant, I haven t got the opportunity to read it I don t think it matters though since TQNB has its own story to tell.The first chapters of the book were somewhat relaxed and there were a lot of moments that were spent on Hodie contemplating about how sorry his life has become I admit that it bore me in a way because a...

  3. says:

    This is the second book in the Tales of Fontania, with The Travelling Restaurant Jasper s Voyage in Three Parts, being the first The Queen and the Nobody Boy continues with the irreverent humour of The Travelling Restaurant, and expands our knowledge of Fontania into Um Binnia, an underground city threatening war against Fontania The greedy and awful Emporer Prowdd on, is trying to capture the Golden Dragon Eagle, who is necessary to the passing on of magic to young Queen Sibilla, 12 years old and not quite magical yet.This story is Hodie s story Hodie is the nobody boy who has no parents and is an unpaid odd job boy at the palace He becomes disgruntled with life at the palace, not surprisingly, and makes the decision to move on Hodie s eyes turned watery he was utterly sick of the Grand Palace and all its gossip Oo, babies not sleeping safe We need stronger magic Oo, Fontania needs a royal family that pays attention to its magical abilities Oo, what can the king be doing in his workshop I hope it s magical experiments Magic he scoffed to himself How could magic exist in a world where a boy s father was here one day but gone the next without a word How could it exist in a world where a boy didn t know a thing about his mother Well, he d learned to live without parents, and he didn t need the Grand Palace either especially if the palace didn t need him ...

  4. says:

    The Queen and the Nobody Boy A Tale of Fontania by Barbara Else is a children s fantasy novel for the middle grade set Hodie is barely surviving as the unpaid odd job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania When a obnoxious group of foreign dignitaries leave under unusual circumstances Hodie decided it is time for him to head out and make a new life for himself The young Queen, 12 year old Sibilla, is fed up too Sick of gossip about her lack of magical ability, she decides to run away with Hodie, whether he likes it or not She decides to go with him, insisting he go north to get his mother s bag back from the Emperor of Um Binnia The story is one of adventure, finding magic in unexpected places, and truth in even stranger places Greed, rebellion, and secrets abound in this wonderful adventure.It was only in looking for a cover photo that I discovered that The Queen and the Nobody Boy was the second book in a series I have not read the first book, but do not feel like I missed out on anything in this particular story because of that lack From what I have seen, the first book seems to detail of Jasper s story Sibilla s big brothe...

  5. says:

    A colourful and fast paced, action packed and entertaining romp in the ever so slightly magical but also quite scientifc world of Fontania Else has a real knack for creating quirky characters in this case, Sibella the little Queen, who follows protagonist, Hodie when he runs away, and or less, by accident or intent, ropes him in to helping her save her kingdom from the pompous emperor of Um Binnia The plot bounces along, twisting and turning in topsy turvy rhythms with some totally madcap moments and a hearty dose of humour The description of the technology is nifty it could be steampunk, but it has the playful colour and fun of rather crazy, over the top inventions, maybe what Dr Seuss would invent With giant toads, ogres, dragon eagles and much , this is one adventure that you will want to be whisked up and away on This is the second in her Fontania books the first being the Travelling Restaurant , but they are stand alones and I have not read the previous one, although I feel now I should Previously, the only Else novel I have read was her adult historic novel, Wild Lattitudes , which was also populated with a cast of rather quirky characters and is definitely worth venturing into, although it does have a certain outrageousness not usually found in historic novels.I do wonder, was there some deeper metaphor meaning to the ugly squirrel Special thanks to NetGalley and...

  6. says:

    I really wanted to like The Queen and the Nobody Boy the cover is great and the premise intriguing And, for the most part, I did enjoy it But I also found it unusually slow, for a children s book, for me to get through, and I often felt as though I were missing something, like background information or other explanations The Queen and the Nobody Boy is described as a stand alone companion to The Traveling Restaurant Jasper s Voyage in Three Parts, but I do wonder if perhaps reading The Traveling Restaurant first, which I did not, would help with understanding The Queen and the Nobody Boy.Although the book is technically a fantasy, I would recommend it to children who are interested in adventures or mysteries The concept of magic is a central plot point, but the actual action of the boo...

  7. says:

    The Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara ElseSummeryHodie is the unpaid odd job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania Fed up, he decides to leave and better himself in the South But the young Queen, 12 year old Sibilla, is fed up, too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability She decides to go with him, insisting he go north to get his mother s bag back from the Emperor of Um Binnia ReviewThis book reminded me of the classic fairytales I grew up with There were Heroes, villains and lots of twists to keep it interesting, There were moments of sadness, humor and honor.The Queen and the Nobody Boy is a fast paced adventure, with crazy inventions and a touch of magic I really enjoyed the humor and found the story both exciting and fun to read Hodie the practical nobody boy and the good natured but unprepared little queen Sibilla, balance each other nicely The Princessa, Emperor, and other secondary characters vary between bein...

  8. says:

    Language G, Sexual Content G Violence PGHodie is sick of working for the royals of Fontania for little food and no pay, so he sets off to be a farmer in the South The little queen Sibilla, though, decides to tag along and help him Now Hodie is headed North, hiding from Um bannian soldiers, and cannot get rid of this random vicious squirrel If only he had left a day earlier.This book is alright The story moved slowly...

  9. says:

    I chose to read this book because I have all the others in the series and I liked them I enjoyed it for the same reason I enjoyed the others, it was creative and compelling and all about my favourite character from the first book, Queen Sibilla I learned that no matter where you come from or what you do, you a...

  10. says:

    A full review is available on my blog The Queen and the Nobody Boy is a lively modern adventure fairy tale for children ages 10 and up Else s narrative style reminds me a bit of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket There s a real playfulness to her language It s not just that she s produced a compelling story, but that she s also managed to tell it in a style that sucks you in In many middle grades and young adult novels, the narrative prose is secondary to the story Typically the only time I...

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