About the Book
By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: August 30th 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
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. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, 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.
5 Reasons to Read Furthermore
- First off look at that cover! It is beyond beautiful and if you aren’t enticed to own it and add this beauty to your shelves I’m surprised. The colors, the illustrations- so lovely.
- It’s by Tahereh Mafi. Ok, this is obvious, BUT, if you’ve not read her work you might not know that she has the most unique writing style. And this book is so different than her Shatter Me series but it is incredibly quirky, beautifully vivid and addicting. I am not much of a middle grade fan but this book swept me away quickly and I was eager to continue reading.
- The World. This world is incredibly STRANGE. Ferenwood is a land of magic and magicusers. These folks have a regulated life and they live by rules. The main character, Alice, doesn’t exactly fit in. Half the book is set in Ferenwood and the other half in Furthermore. Furthermore is a land with rules but they aren’t ever the same here or there and everything is topsy turvy. Some parts make no sense but I loved that a paper fox was alive, you can float into the clouds and the area of Still has dangers you might not expect.
- Reminds me of a twisted Alice in Wonderland– I don’t know if this story idea was inspired or not but the character’s name IS Alice and she enters into a world so different than her own. Some of the whimsy and strangeness reminded me of Wonderland.
- Character development and relationships- I really love Alice’s story arc and also her rocky relationship with Oliver. These two are very different but more alike than other would like to admit. I think that their interactions are true to the age group and I liked how they navigated the land of Ferenwood together.