- Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Percy finds out he has special abilities (he’s a demi-god), and Stanley may be not-quite-human either. But will it be enough to help Stanley conquer the obstacles he faces?
- Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Like Klaus, Stanley is obsessed with books—and loses his home and library in a fire. I’m sure he and Klaus would have a lot to talk about and commiserate over.
- Will Parry from The Golden Compass trilogy. Like Will, Stanley is entrusted with a magical weapon—one he doesn’t quite know what to do with at first. By the end of the story, he finds out—but the discovery comes with unexpected consequences.
- Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Both Frodo and Stanley find they must leave their pleasant hamlet on a long journey to fight evil. Frodo was victorious in his quest . . . but how will Stanley fare?
- Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series. Stanley faces a zealous villain the same way Harry does. Harry succeeded against Lord Voldemort, but will Stanley be able to stop his nemesis from destroying all he knows and loves?
- Prince Frederic from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Stanley would sympathize with Prince Frederic’s fear of, well, just about everything. But both young men must conquer their fears if they expect to save lives—including their own!
- Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle. Although nothing like Stanley’s best friend Sophie (who’s been known to yell and scream at her customers), Sophie Hatter would probably get along with Stan. She also thought she’d spend her life in a quiet occupation: making hats. Stanley thought he’d spend his life as a librarian. But fate had different adventures in mind for both of them.
- Meg Murray from A Wrinkle in Time. Stanley would probably sympathize with how Meg feels “out of place” in her world. She is very different from those around her—even the people she loves. But she and Stanley learn that sometimes, our differences can serve us in surprising ways.
- Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice fell down a rabbit hole and into a bizarre, unfathomable world. Similarly, Stanley wakes up and finds his whole world changed almost overnight. Now, he must navigate through strange new customs and rules if he hopes to change it back.
- Alyce from The Midwife’s Apprentice. This is a different person than the Wonderland Alice, but Stanley would probably be her friend too. You see, Alyce must persevere through extreme hardship during her life, and often wants to give up. Likewise, there are many times Stanley is tempted to surrender his quest. Alyce found the grit and determination she needed . . . but will Stanley be as strong?
Ten-year-old Stanley Delacourt loves his quiet life in the peaceful village of Meadowwood. At least, he does until his best friend is killed. Then the town library—where Stanley lives and works—is burned to the ground. The individuals responsible for both tragedies are a nasty group of soldiers. They work for the kingdom’s new leader: Christopher Siren.
No one understands the rules Siren’s creating. They don’t know why breaking them means death, or why the leader is so keen to destroy books. And no one can figure out where the former queen and king disappeared to—or if they’ll ever return.
With the grown-ups too fearful to take action, Stanley vows to confront Siren. He plans to get answers and demand justice. Little does he know that his journey will involve sword-wielding knights, kidnapper fairies, and dark magic.
Stanley has only two allies back home. One is an intimidated witch named Meredith. The other is a young apothecary called Sophie—who may have enchantment problems of her own. Can they help him discover the reason behind Siren’s crimes and end this terrible reign? Or is Stanley set to become the next victim in the tyrant’s evil plot?
If you enjoy the fantasy works of Rick Riordan, Lemony Snicket, or Philip Pullman, then explore the world of Stanley Delacourt today!
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