The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke
2 Jul. 2021
Paperback / softback
Lonny is a lifeling. He has the power to heal any living creature and bring it back from the dead. But he pays a price for this gift--by lengthening the creature's life, he shortens his own. So Lonny has to be careful, has to stay hidden in the forest. Because if people knew what he could do, Lonny would be left with no life at all...
A brilliant novel from the author of The Middler about family, secrets and a terrible power.
InformationBook Type: Junior High
Age Group: 10 to 15 years
Traffic Lights: Green
Class Novel: Yes
Good Reads Rating: 5/5
Literary Rating: 5/5
For the townsfolk of modern-day Farstoke, a Lifeling is a legend and an antiquated reason for a festival. For the Quicke family it's about survival and flying under-the-radar. For a Lifeling has the ability to stop death, but at a huge personal cost. Lonny is the latest in the family line to have the ability. Though only 12, he looks a lot older, having saved many animals birds and even insects and aged accordingly. Fed up with the seclusion his father keeps him and his brother in, he longs to see the world as his long-dead mother did.
Seeking work, he ventures into Farstoke where he meets the Voss family and finally ends up attending the Lifeling festival. Saving the family's dog reveals his secret and ultimately leads to a life-or-death situation where he must sacrifice himself for another.
A truly fabulous bit of writing. The story is beautifully composed, original and highly engaging. The characters are believable and full of nuance, with family interactions captured perfectly. The paradox of Lonny's Mum's mantra of living in the moment and being a free spirit vs the Quicke family's solitary existence and Lonny's guardedness drives the core of the story and creates tension. A very worthwhile read and highly recommended.
fantasy, fable, stopping death, personal cost, sacrifice, family, grief, friendship, selfishness, solitude, repercussions, ageing
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