Against all odds, Rye managed to find her father, Harmless, in the forest Beyond the Shale and rescue him from the treacherous Fork-Tongue Charmers.
Now Harmless, High Chieftain of the Luck Uglies, wants to challenge the Charmers’ leader for control of both groups to end their fighting for good. But when Rye travels back home to help put his plan in motion, she doesn’t find the Drowning she once knew. Bog Noblins raid the streets at night. Villagers are holed up in their homes. Even her friends are afraid, because no one is left to protect them.
Rye is left with a choice: Wait for the adults to sort it all out or come up with her own plan. One that could change everything for her family and Drowning . . . because the only way to save her village may be to destroy it.
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. . . .
A 2015 ALA Notable Book
A 2014 Cybil Award Winner for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
A 2014 NYPL Title for Reading and Sharing
“There is not a single dull moment in this story. A total delight.”— ALA Booklist (starred review) on Fork-Tongue Charmers
“Paul Durham has created the best kind of fantasy world.”—Christopher Healy, author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
“For fantasy-lovers, The Luck Uglies has it all.”—Joseph Delaney, author of the Last Apprentice series
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Artwork © Petur Antonsson
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Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has eleven-year-old 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.
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