Bingo Square: Friendship
Liesl is an orphan. She has been locked in an attack by her horrible stepmother and hasn’t been outside in months. Sometimes she sits by the window to draw, and there a young boy named Will watches her from the street. One night a ghost appears to Liesl. He is Po. And he will help her escape the attic.
Will is an alchemist’s apprentice. One night he is tasked with taking a very important box to a very important woman, but instead he stops to see Liesl. After, a mix up leads to the box being switched with another, and Will has to run away from the alchemist. He has lost a box containing the greatest magic in the world. A magic so powerful its creation has put out the sun.
Liesl and Will eventually find each other, and team up, believing they are delivering Liesl’s father’s ashes to his home, and not realising they are both being chased by the alchemist and others. And through it all, Po is with them, helping them out of tight spots. And perhaps together, they can restore the world to the way it once was.
This is a really lovely story. It’s a quick read, but very moving and delightful. One for younger readers and older ones too.