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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of the Shatter Me series takes listeners beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to 12-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappeared from Ferenwood, he took nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him, she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit - and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself - and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

©2016 Tahereh Mafi (P)2016 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"[Mafi’s] prose is as fresh and fragrant as the flowers her characters eat, the descriptions so vibrant that at times one can practically smell the words on the page." (New York Times Book Review)

"A fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

"Rich, luscious, clever prose." (Kirkus, starred review) 

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review by 10 year old

What made the experience of listening to Furthermore the most enjoyable?

It's nice to color or lay back, I hung on every word.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked it best when Alice met Oliver at the pigs place.

Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

I can't choose between the fox or oliver they're both pretty good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I mostly laughed.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is pretty funny. He's my favorite. I think you should listen to this book all the characters are good. It has adventure , excitement, the land of left ,and father daughter love.

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All the feels!

The whimsical tale was enjoyable, but for those who could use a family appreciation story, this is it... This is what you seek!

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Imaginitive, lovely. Great imagery; the author must be a visual person. I almost put the book down because the main character was such a brat. Glad I stayed for the transformation.

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I like fantasy and I LOVED Tahereh's Awaken series...but this was too random. if I zoned out and came back in, I never felt like I lost anything.

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I enjoyed this book to begin with. it was different crazy and pulled you right in. Through the middle of the book though I just felt detached from the world they were searching in. They didn't know much about where they were and you never learned enough about the place. It kind of felt like the sun cried and this world turned into paper but why? Why was this world so different is it magic did someone make it this way? There just wasn't any rules so the world didn't feel real. And the worst part was they only explored a little then out of no where the story ended and everyone who lived went home the end.

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As if the author ran out of time

My wife read this book and said it would be great for read-aloud in her classroom. I thought it’d give it a try so we had a common book to talk about.
Perhaps the story is for young adults and I’m not supposed to ‘get it’ but I love fantasy and magic. It definitely is written for a younger reader or at least is is written in a younger voice because of the age of the characters. Anyway, I listened through the setup and world building before the story finally got going. Once the adventure got going, I was in and Mafi does have some great ideas and descriptions of the world. I enjoyed the adventure. I have no issues up to this point. I then looked on the phone to see only 23 minutes remaining and The characters were still pretty much traveling along through different parts of the world. Not really much closer to finding their goal than when they started. I was starting to wonder if this was a book 1 of something.
My issue with the book is the ending. I was really disappointed. It’s as if the author was writing and writing and then the publisher told her to wrap it up. They found their goal by luck/good choice. Where the goal was ended up not being much of an issue at all and then how can they possibly get home? Pull out the magic McGuffin and poof - Home safe and sound in an instant. Really? Such a let down on the ending. Sorry. I’m trying to not give away any spoiler but the ending didn’t live up to the journey.

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Wonderful wizard of the written word!

I love the way Mafi combines her words, giving the audience a multisensory experience. It's like a great chef melding different ingredients to present a delicious meal. She just leaves you hungry for more.

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Great story!

I'll be honest... I had to start this book twice after having listened to the author's other series because it was SO FAR outside of what I expected... but I am SO GLAD I did! What an amazing story, a great narrator (who doesn't looks cousin Balki, not using that voice but a while lot better?!) I'd definitely recommend this got the fanciful reader or someone looking for a creative deviation with a wonderful message! Stick with the weird.... it's worth it!

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Furthermore Book Review

After reading the Shatter Me series, I look for more works by Tahereh Mafi. I came across Furthermore, and picked it up because I was curios to know more about it. It was so much different than the Shatter Me books that I was fascinated to read something different by this author. 

This story was very different than anything I have read recently. The world Mafi creates for this story is so captivating, and the challenges she has Alice endure just had me speechless. I could not believe how in the world Mafi could have created such a world. It was just so interesting. I found myself continuing to flip the page cause I wanted to know more about this world. Reading this reminded me of Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Something that took me for a loop is the serious problems the main character undergoes. Her internal and familiar conflicts make her such a relate-able character and one that readers can sympathize with.  To a certain extent the story seemed "dark," and I was worried what was going to happen to her. I found myself really wondering what it was she would find on her adventure and feared for her life. Her personal conflicts and struggles are those that I would expect my younger sisters to encounter and love that Mafi create a novel that expressed a young girl's problems in a way where they could relate to it.  

The ending was surprising. I will not reveal what occurred to avoid any spoilers, but this is the first story that I have read in a long time with that type of ending. It was refreshing to read one like this after having read so many novels with various endings. This is a story that would be great to read together as a family. I can see this a story for both parents and children to enjoy together. 

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Pinchot's narration at 1.0 speed was too slow for me. Starting at 1.25 speed, I extremely enjoyed his narration. His narration was not over-dramatic or over-the-top. I found his narration to be so well done and as if I were listening to a bedtime story told by a parent to their child. The best speed for me was 1.50. For those of us who like to multitask and listen on the go, I recommend listening at at either a 1.50 or 1.75 speed so one does not miss anything. For those who are listening while reading the book, I found 2.0 and 2.5 speed to be the best speeds. 3.0 and 3.5 speed was too fast for me, and I was missing a lot of what the narrator was saying and had to eventually slow down the narrator's reading speed. 

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INCREDIBLE

I’ve never in my life read/listened to a book like this. It literally blew my mind. So whimsical and and refreshing! Im 24 and highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages!