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  • Title: Oy Yew (Waifs of Duldred #1)
  • Author: Ana Salote
  • ISBN: 9780957385863
  • Page: 196
  • Format: None
  • Lay low and grow is the motto of the waifs of Duldred Hall The only way to escape their life of drudgery is to reach the magical height of 5 thighs 10 oggits, yet Master Jeopardine is determined to feed them little and keep them small When the Master s methods grow sinister the waifs must face their doubts What is kept in the Bone Room Why is Rook s Parlour lock Lay low and grow is the motto of the waifs of Duldred Hall The only way to escape their life of drudgery is to reach the magical height of 5 thighs 10 oggits, yet Master Jeopardine is determined to feed them little and keep them small When the Master s methods grow sinister the waifs must face their doubts What is kept in the Bone Room Why is Rook s Parlour locked A new waif arrives and the fight for survival begins But this child brings another mystery Who is Oy Times Chicken House prize longlist, Wishing Shelf finalist, Eric Hoffer award finalist.
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    1. Disclaimer I reviewed a free physical copy from the author in exchange for an honest review This does not change my opinion at all 3.5Summary From Lay low and grow is the motto of the waifs of Duldred Hall The only way to escape their life of drudgery is to reach the magical height of 5 thighs 10 oggits, yet Master Jeopardine is determined to feed them little and keep them small When the Master s methods grow sinister the waifs must face their doubts What is kept in the Bone Room Why is Rook s [...]

    2. I expected to enjoy this, because I know and like Mother s Milk Books What I didn t expect was to love it so much that I want to have children, just so that I can read it to them It s that sort of book, and ought to become a classic.The parentless children exploited by brutal person s trope is hardly a new one,especially since the industrial revolution, but here it s done in a new way For one thing, there s the writing He fed daily on the smell of bread, letting the vapours swirl around his brai [...]

    3. Can there be any charm in a novel written about children used almost as slave labour Indeed there can Ana Salote s novel is a work of fantasy, where the rich may own waif rights , the right to use young children to work for little than crumbs and water.The author has created characters with that essential charm, humour and resourcefulness As Oy Yew arrives to work for Master Jeopardine, he knows he must bring about change With the help of his fellow waifs he learns how to survive.I adored how A [...]

    4. An intriguing and original children s story 4 5 stars.This review was originally posted on my book blog clairehuston.wordpress 20Ana Salote contacted me to ask if I would read and review her middle grade children s book, Oy Yew Intrigued by the blurb, I jumped at the chance Obviously now I m in the tricky position of having to describe this book, which is a difficult task because it s a quirky and original tale Without going into too much depth, the world of Oy Yew is one where child slave labou [...]

    5. Oy Yew has a slow, special magic to it It s not a book that immediately draws you in, but gently ushers you in the story s direction The world Ana Salote has created has a sense of richness to it, though not much is seen in this first book The main character, Oy Yew, is a gorgeous soul The type of soul that you never have to worry about going bad, or getting spoiled by the meanness in the world Fiercely loyal, with an innate ability to make the best of everything, and bring out the best in every [...]

    6. This book was entered and was a FINALIST in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards This is what our readers thought Title Oy YewAuthor Ana SaloteStar Rating 5 StarsNumber of Readers 23StatsEditing 9 10Style 9 10Content 9 10Cover 10 10Of the 23 readers 22 would read another book by this author.23 thought the cover was good or excellent.17 felt the blurb was enticing.6 thought the well developed characters were the best part of the book.17 felt the author s no 1 skill was balancing humour and a strong plot [...]

    7. A story for children but based on erudite foundations The waifs will grab your heart and not let go The author uses great skill in devising the delicious names of people and things and the writing style is charming and witty Charles Kingsley meets Jasper Fforde Shades of Gormenghast in Jeopardine and Duldred Hall This book entertains on so many levels I absolutely loved it and I think I may have to read it again I hope there s a sequel.I think dear little Linnet was my favourite.

    8. Among last year s casualties were a number of books I d been planning to review, so alongside some reviews of recently read books, it s time to put that right, because there s some writing that s much too good to miss And although I m not approaching them in any particular order, we ll start with an absolute gem.Quite early in 2016, Ana Salote asked me to review her debut children s novel, Oy Yew, and when I read the description and saw the cover I was pretty sure that I was going to like it Bef [...]

    9. Oy Yew is book I of the Waifs of Duldred Trilogy and was longlisted for the Times Chicken House prize for children s fiction I would have awarded it first place Occasionally I pick up a YA book to read and the title of this one intrigued me I discovered it is a terrific read, one I could not put down, and I think anyone from 12 to 100 would love it.The author has created a totally believable and engrossing dystopian world, one in which goodness blossoms and evil exists but is not spelled out It [...]

    10. Never before have I read something so utterly original and in a children s book no less I genuinely want to sit a bunch of kids down and read this tale of woe and adventure to them.Yes it is that good.Oy Yew takes place in a fictional land with plenty of nonsense words and fictional nations The words feel Roald Dahl esque, which the geography puts me in the mind of Six of Crows In this world, waifs are pressed into slave labour until they reach the height of 5 thighs, 10 oggits and escape or do [...]

    11. Nabbed by waif catchers in the alley where he spends his days sniffing bread and dreaming of floury loafs, Oy Yew is dragged in front of the wiry haired Mrs Rutheday who sets him to work at bench 54 Oy meets Linnet Pale, a colour drained girl who becomes his first friend But assembling unknown items intended for nameless people is not destined to be his lot for long and the new boy is soon recognized as a perfect specimen for Duldred Hall.Peopled with strangely named characters like Alas Ringwor [...]

    12. Oy Yew is a book for older children Luckily being all of 52 I qualify as an older child and I loved it Ana Salote s world of waifsploitation exists somewhere between Dahl, Hogarth and Upstairs Downstairs in the richness of its characters you can even detect a dusting of Dickens and a sprinkle of JK Rowling and maybe even the dark comedy of Blackadder the Third thrown in for good measure It had me gripped from the off, before being launched into a pantomime populated by the grotesque inhabitants [...]

    13. My 9 and 11 year old children loved this book Here is my 11 year old daughter s review Oy Yew thinks he is a ghost until the waif catchers get him, they take him to the factory where he makes his first friend, Linnet Pale But when he gets taken away to Duldred Hall, where Jeopardine the master of the factory lives, he promises to find her again At Duldred, the waifs think there is something going on When waifs reach a certain height they are freed but recently, when they reach the measuring line [...]

    14. This is a thoroughly enjoyable children s book which adults will find a guilty thrill in enjoying too I would equate it with Lemony Snicket and A Series of Unfortunate Events Oy Yew is an unfortunate of unknown origin He is caught by the waif catchers and sent to work first in a local factory and then in Duldred Hall Waifs are the workers unseen and uncared for and are the cast offs from the Porians They do all the horrible jobs to keep the Hall and the factory running The waifs motto at the Hal [...]

    15. This book was in my Kindle for several months before I read it when I finally got into it I could have kicked myself for not reading it earlier Yes, the title is weird, and the first few pages seem like it s going to be a fairytale type thing but then you are drawn into a totally unique world with it s own rules for society This story of child slave labor could have been depressing, but it is told with a wicked sense of humor from the names of the characters to some of their outrageous situation [...]

    16. Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award Children s and YAWe are catapulted into an alien world of waifs, who we quickly care about, of people with power, where we find injustice, loyalty and friendship in equal measure The reader is never patronised we are expected to accepted this world without explanation, and we do, immediately This is the first of a trilogy, and there are many promising themes a fascination with bones, the rafts that bring the waifs to the shore, the puzzling origins of Oy Yew [...]

    17. This is a great book Oy Yew caught me from the first page There is something utterly vibrant and compelling about Ana Salote s writing The characters are enigmatic and intriguing, especially Oy, who is a most original and subtle hero he touched my heart The story encapsulates, what is for me, one of the best themes freedom from slavery and convention Highly recommended.

    18. A really engaging story with fascinatingly good characters set in a disturbing but really interesting world.

    19. Extremely enjoyable and innovative tale of waifs in servitude in a right wing society In this fantasy world, spare children are put on rafts in hope of finding a better land, only to end up in dire servitude A child with no background, living rough on the streets, is lumped in with them But Oy Yew seems different, somehow, and has skills nobody else has yet lacks some of the characteristics of the others Through teamwork and a desire to better themselves, the waifs start to take over.This book d [...]

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