Author: Kelly Easton
Illustrator: Greg Swearingen
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Life at 33 Gooch isn’t exactly what most children dream of. In fact, it more resembles the life poor Cinderella had, before being rescued by the prince. “Homeschooled” by her parents, Liberty Aimes is not allowed outside, and does all the cooking and cleaning.
But one day, life changes more than she could have imagined, and Liberty finds herself outside her odd, little home. With the goal of reaching the renowned Sullivan School, she makes her way across the city, running into strange characters – some of which she learns the hard way are scoundrels.
Unlike Cinderella, Liberty doesn’t meet a prince. But she does meet some very nice people who try to help her on her adventure. And ultimately, one of the meanest scoundrels finally meets justice.
This fun story will keep children involved from the first moment they meet Liberty. Although beaten down verbally, she shows remarkable pluck and determination to make something of herself. And the wacky cast of characters she runs into will keep kids chuckling at their antics. I highly recommend The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes.
Reviewer: Alice Berger