Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi ★★★★☆
Genre: Children’s, Fantasy
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
I was persuaded to read this, in part by the beautiful cover and secondly when it was nominated for the BooktubeSFF awards. And I’m very glad I did.
This was a wonderfully whimsical middle grade novel, clearly very inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Alice was a great character, and I think a very realistic portrayal of a young girl (amongst the magic of course!).
The one thing that did annoy me about the novel was the secondary character Oliver. He’s been to Furthermore before, but refuses to tell Alice about what’s going on leaving her in the dark for most of the novel.
Overall, this was a really fun read. I loved the different towns in Furthermore, each with it’s own quirks and rules. While the Shatter Me series doesn’t interest me, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from Tahereh Mafi. I hope she comes out with more Middle Grade!