by Fiona McIntosh
Knopf Books for Young Readers
In this adventurous retelling of The Prince and the Pauper, the lives of a runaway royal and a carnival worker become intertwined as each is compelled to fight for his life and family. Fans of The Sixty-Eight Roomsand Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy won’t want to miss this.
Lute is a prince, next in line to the throne. Griff is a poor carnival worker who does the heavy lifting while the malevolent ringmaster orders him about. But there’s something special about Griff: he can hear the thoughts of everyone around him. And one day, he begins to connect with Lute’s mind, even though they’ve never met and are miles apart.
When Lute must run for his very life, Griff may be the only one who can help him. In a journey over land and sea, these heroes battle deadly foes and make unlikely allies, including a host of magical creatures and their caretaker, a bitter old dwarf, and a mysterious lady pirate. When the boys finally come together, they will learn they are connected in ways they could never have imagined, ways that may save them—or cost them both their lives.
Lute is a prince and the heir to the throne. Griff is a poor carnival worker, harboring a secret. These two boys couldn’t be anymore different, but quickly find their lives and destinies intertwined. Lute’s castle is overrun by a close enemy and Lute’s throne and life are in peril. Far away, Griff, who can hear people’s thoughts, is on the verge of fleeing for his own safety, when he begins to hear Lute’s thoughts. Each boy must face dangerous obstacles and rely on odd new friends to find one another and maybe even save each other.
Fiona McIntosh’s The Whisperer is a thrilling retelling of The Pauper and the Prince. Lute and Griff find themselves on a grand adventure and they each encounter a variety of magical, intriguing, and amusing people and places. From mythical creatures, cursed pirate ships, special abilities, and dazzling magic, the world in The Whisperer is fantastical and full of imagination. Young readers will eagerly join Griff and Lute on their journeys, celebrating in their triumphs and enthralled by all the action, danger, and twists and turns.
The Whisperer has a fun, eclectic cast of characters that range from the endearing to the wicked to the downright strange. From clever Lute to sweet Griff, a girl who can talk to animals, a grumpy dwarf, a fierce lady pirate, and more, there’s no shortage of amusing people to meet.
McIntosh adds a fun twist to her retelling and concludes The Whisperer in a very heart-warming, satisfying way.
my final thoughts: Full of fantastical elements, exciting adventure, quirky characters, and captivating writing, The Whisperer is a charming middle-grade read.
4/5 yummy cupcakes
Fiona writes best selling historical adventure-romance alongside the heroic-romantic, often brutal, fantasy she built her career upon. She lives in Australia but frequently roams the world meticulously researching the locations and gathering material for her historical novels that have international settings. Her books are published worldwide and in various languages.
Her most recent historical fiction has gathered such a following that she is now hosting a tour in 2014 to Paris and Provence so eager readers can walk in the footsteps of her characters.