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Author/Book Spotlight: The Luck Uglies #1 and #2



About the Book: The Luck Uglies is the first in a tween fantasy-adventure trilogy brimming with legends come to life, a charming wit, and a fantastic cast of characters-and is imbued throughout with the magic of storytelling.

Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has Rye O’Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned.
Now Rye’s only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can’t be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning’s maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she’ll discover the truth behind the village’s legends of outlaws and beasts…and that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.

The first in a series, The Luck Uglies is an altogether irresistible cross of Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, Stefan Bachmann’s The Peculiar, and Chris Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, overflowing with adventure, secrets, friendship, and magic.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Luck Uglies (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 29, 2014)
  • Cost: $16.99









About the Book: It’s not easy being the daughter of the High Chieftain of the Luck Uglies.

Now an insidious new lawman in Drowning has declared Rye an outlaw, and she’s stuck on the strange and remote Isle of Pest. But the island quickly feels much less remote when the battle to control the future of the Luck Uglies moves to its shores.

To defeat the Luck Uglies’ bitterest rivals, Rye must defy a deranged earl, survive a test meant to judge the grit of the fiercest men–and uncover some long-buried family secrets. And when Rye leads the charge to defend the island, she and her friends will meet an eerily familiar enemy.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Luck Uglies (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (March 17, 2015)
  • Cost: $16.99







About the Author: Paul Durham was raised in Massachusetts and attended college and law school in Boston. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two daughters, and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.

August 26, 2015 - Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This sounds like a good adventure series that tween readers would enjoy!

    Comment by Merry | August 26, 2015 | Reply

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