Published: October 4th 2011.
Sort: Stand alone.
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone. That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
Liesl has been locked in the attic since her father has fallen ill. After his dead, she gets an uninvited guest: a ghost called Po and his pet Bundle. They are both lonely, so they are developing some sort of friendship. Her father is on 'the other side' and he can't cross. It's up to Liesl to save his soul by taking his ashes to a place with nice memories; their old house.
Liesl can escape with the help of Po, but she doesn't know that she takes the most powerful magic in the world with her. A boy called Will, accidentally switched the two boxes and the ash of her father ise now in the hands of another evil woman. Liesl, Po and Will are on an journey and who knows how it's going to end? There are a lot of people chasing the three of them, but there is one character I really liked: Mo. He is a bit simple, but oh so sweet. He is chasing Will, because he wants to give the boy a hat, how cute? He crosses the whole country for it.
This is one of the first children books I read in a long time and I liked it! The characters aren't so well developed as in YA or adult books, but it was an interesting story. I don't know if I would recommending buying this one, but you'd definitely need to read this one :)