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A plucky orphan girl stumbles into a conflict centuries in the making in this thrilling middle grade fantasy about unexpected heroes, the power of friendship, and one boisterous enchanted sword. Twelve-year-old Lark is determined to escape her squalid life at Miss Starvenger’s boarding house, but she needs to find the coin to do it. Her grand scheme? To steal her fortune fr A plucky orphan girl stumbles into a conflict centuries in the making in this thrilling middle grade fantasy about unexpected heroes, the power of friendship, and one boisterous enchanted sword. Twelve-year-old Lark is determined to escape her squalid life at Miss Starvenger’s boarding house, but she needs to find the coin to do it. Her grand scheme? To steal her fortune from the Royal Museum. Unfortunately, her heist goes off the rails, and Lark ends up stealing a magical sword right out from under the nose of Prince Jasper, who’s none too happy to have his plans thwarted. Lark soon discovers that the Sword has a mind of its own, and has chosen her to be the next Nightingale, a fabled hero who must vanquish an ancient evil that is waking after centuries of sleep. Working alone has its limitations, but relying on others after a lifetime of disappointments feels impossible. Still, Lark will need the help of her boarding house roommates if she wants to defeat the villainous forces that threaten to dismantle everything she holds dear.


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A plucky orphan girl stumbles into a conflict centuries in the making in this thrilling middle grade fantasy about unexpected heroes, the power of friendship, and one boisterous enchanted sword. Twelve-year-old Lark is determined to escape her squalid life at Miss Starvenger’s boarding house, but she needs to find the coin to do it. Her grand scheme? To steal her fortune fr A plucky orphan girl stumbles into a conflict centuries in the making in this thrilling middle grade fantasy about unexpected heroes, the power of friendship, and one boisterous enchanted sword. Twelve-year-old Lark is determined to escape her squalid life at Miss Starvenger’s boarding house, but she needs to find the coin to do it. Her grand scheme? To steal her fortune from the Royal Museum. Unfortunately, her heist goes off the rails, and Lark ends up stealing a magical sword right out from under the nose of Prince Jasper, who’s none too happy to have his plans thwarted. Lark soon discovers that the Sword has a mind of its own, and has chosen her to be the next Nightingale, a fabled hero who must vanquish an ancient evil that is waking after centuries of sleep. Working alone has its limitations, but relying on others after a lifetime of disappointments feels impossible. Still, Lark will need the help of her boarding house roommates if she wants to defeat the villainous forces that threaten to dismantle everything she holds dear.

30 review for Nightingale

  1. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    What an incredible story! I absolutely loved this! Can’t believe how fast I read this, but I couldn’t put it down! Lark is determined to escape her squalid life at Miss Starvenger’s boarding house, but she needs coin to do so. Her grand idea is to steal her fortune from the Royal Museum. Unfortunately, her plans go south, & she ends up stealing a magical sword instead right out from under the nose of Prince Jasper, who’s none too happy to have his plans thwarted. The sword has a mind of its own, What an incredible story! I absolutely loved this! Can’t believe how fast I read this, but I couldn’t put it down! Lark is determined to escape her squalid life at Miss Starvenger’s boarding house, but she needs coin to do so. Her grand idea is to steal her fortune from the Royal Museum. Unfortunately, her plans go south, & she ends up stealing a magical sword instead right out from under the nose of Prince Jasper, who’s none too happy to have his plans thwarted. The sword has a mind of its own, & has chosen her to be the next Nightingale, a fabled hero who must vanquish an ancient evil that is waking after centuries of sleep. Lark has had a life full of disappointments, & learned long ago to not depend on/need/trust anyone. But if she wants to defeat the villainous forces that threaten to dismantle everything she holds dear, she will need the help of her boarding house roommates-& a certain Prince & a delightful sword of course. Big focus on the importance of friendship-needing it & people in your life that you can count on & that feel the same about you. Also, what it means to actually be a hero..it’s not always getting all the glory, real heroes don’t do it for that, but do it for the sheer joy of helping others, & doing what’s right. Many heroes sometimes even get hate in return for their help. Some heroes do amazing things every day w/o anyone knowing & not feeling the need to tell-those are heroes..they do it anyway. Anyone can be a hero, even a “plucky orphan girl” from the Scrag-it’s the heart & motives that matter. I loved this world & its backstory-so intriguing! I also loved the “magic”(they don’t see it as magic)& the fuel source for it, & the things it did(good & bad), & THAT whole backstory. So creative! I especially found the ghosting so fascinating. I loved the people like Lark’s mom had been-a Union created to help fight for the rights & safety of the people-such a real life thing, but blended effortlessly in w/this world, the magic, & the issues. My husband’s in the Union, so it made my 💜happy. Not only is the world, story, & magic incredible-but the characters..they’re the best. The other girls Lark lives w/are each incredible in their own right-but Sophie is a spitfire. From what we know about Lark’s mom, Sophie reminds me of a mini version of her-so it’s easy to see why that’s her best friend, & she is so attached to her..even when she can’t admit it to Sophie or herself. Jasper was so adorable. Always seeking validation for his genius, & he deserved it. Lark is so likable b/c even when she was snappy-if she hurt his feelings it made her feel bad & she made it right. I don’t like not liking characters, so I thought that was brilliantly done. Love Lark. The sword, however, has my entire heart & soul! It was a character all on its own. Terrific writing, especially for how hard I fell for that sword lol & could see all the little movements & gestures in my head. Love. It ended beautifully, & I loved it-but of course I’m selfishly hoping for more. Highly recommend! Comes out Tuesday! Stunning cover by Marion Bordeyne too!💜 Also, I have another book by her on my tbr cart I will be reading soon since I loved this so much, & I’ll also be looking for her other books as well!💜

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    A really really good mg fantasy with a nice helping of sentient (?) magic sword, social justice, and personal accountability, plus friendship.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    Gallant was once a wonderful city full of innovation and magic fueled by aether, now the nation is divided living in splendor and squalor. The rich live in a glittering world while many poor are forced to work in the mines and factories that produce aether to make ends meet. Unrefined, the substance is poisonous and leaves those exposed to flicker until they eventually fade completely. This is the life Lark seeks to avoid. Hoping to steal some valuables to afford a better life, Lark breaks into Gallant was once a wonderful city full of innovation and magic fueled by aether, now the nation is divided living in splendor and squalor. The rich live in a glittering world while many poor are forced to work in the mines and factories that produce aether to make ends meet. Unrefined, the substance is poisonous and leaves those exposed to flicker until they eventually fade completely. This is the life Lark seeks to avoid. Hoping to steal some valuables to afford a better life, Lark breaks into the museum. Everything seems to go to plan until she spots a boy fiddling with a sword in the next room. When the sword ends up in her hands Lark becomes it's new owner, the latest to become the Nightingale who protects Gallant in times of trouble. Being a hero is not in her plans but when Lark gets caught up in a conspiracy involving the mines, the workers union, and an old enemy of the original Nightingale it seems she might have little choice. With danger threatening herself, her friends, and her mothers legacy will Lark rise to the challenge? Nightingale is a fast paced adventure that's easy to get lost in. I loved the world it's set in and enjoyed discovering how it worked. The sword brought such jot to my heart and lived amongst a great cast of characters. Faced with all sorts of challenges, Lark and her friends are incredibly fierce and brave. Unions and protests aren't usually seen in childrens fantasy so I really appreciated how they were put front and center along against dangerous working conditions. It was refreshing to see that it doesn't have to take superpowers or status to fight for what is right and fair. This is a fantastic tale of friendship and what it truly means to be a hero. If you love legends and science fiction & fantasy inspired setting this is the book for you. Thank you to NetGalley for a copy to review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hailey H.

    Nightingale is a fun middle-grade fantasy novel. It follows the story of Lark, a young orphan doing her best to stay out of the factory. When the story begins, we find Lark in the middle of robbing the museum, needing to steal something so that she can pay the woman who runs the boarding house she lives in. Lark has no intentions of interrupting Prince Jasper and accidentally becoming the next Nightingale, the country's fabled vigilante. But that's exactly what does happen. And the story that fo Nightingale is a fun middle-grade fantasy novel. It follows the story of Lark, a young orphan doing her best to stay out of the factory. When the story begins, we find Lark in the middle of robbing the museum, needing to steal something so that she can pay the woman who runs the boarding house she lives in. Lark has no intentions of interrupting Prince Jasper and accidentally becoming the next Nightingale, the country's fabled vigilante. But that's exactly what does happen. And the story that follows is Lark's journey of becoming the Nightingale. The characterization was done very well. Fagan does an amazing done giving Sword a personality expressed solely through the limited movements a magical sword can do. The other characters were great as well. From the beginning of the book, I really enjoyed the story world setting. Fagan did a great job of getting it set up from the first pages. I also enjoyed how magic is viewed in the story world as science that simply isn't understood yet. I've always found that to be a fun angle to take with magic. The plot was fun and well-paced. I was a little dissatisfied with the climax and ending though. It wasn't bad... though it maybe was a tad cliche? I'm not sure. No matter what, it didn't ruin the novel for me. I just maybe would have liked to see something different. I do think there was a formatting issue with the e-ARC since it seemed like a chunk of an action scene was missing, which made it a touch confusing to follow. But that was probably a formatting issue and not an issue with the book itself. If you're looking for a middle-grade novel with adventure, magic, friendship, and fun, Nightingale may be just the right book for you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Nightingale is a dystopian fantasy about a young girl who is the thief. While trying to rob a museum (for her daily room and board), Lark, comes across a prince doing a ritual to try to become the next Nightingale. The Nightingale is a famed savior of the people in the past. The sword that chooses the Nightingale chooses Lark and from there hijinks ensue This middle grade superhero story does not speak down to the reader. There are many serious topics addressed such as poverty, children's hunger, Nightingale is a dystopian fantasy about a young girl who is the thief. While trying to rob a museum (for her daily room and board), Lark, comes across a prince doing a ritual to try to become the next Nightingale. The Nightingale is a famed savior of the people in the past. The sword that chooses the Nightingale chooses Lark and from there hijinks ensue This middle grade superhero story does not speak down to the reader. There are many serious topics addressed such as poverty, children's hunger, children's labor, corporate greed , nationalism, workers rights, and the military industrial complex. I also loved how the chosen one trope was turned on its head. The prince was the one who was supposed to have the sword (or so he thought) and become the hero however he becomes the sidekick Lark. I like how flawed Lark is. She is young girl who is struggling to figure out how to balance work and her friends and now this new thing-- being the Nightingale. She is cynical, she is a smart Alec, but she's not entirely unlikable. This author found a way to make her spunky and spicy without being unlikable and that made for a better reading experience. This was a fun book that could have benefited from shorter more tight storytelling and it would have been much more enjoyable because of that. Thank you NetGalley for an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing - Atheneum Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. The character Deva Fagan constructed in Nightingale were really fascinating that it almost seemed like a movie was playing in my mind. A heist that was designed to steal a fortune so Lark can escape from her current situation turned into stealing a magic sword from a prince that cro This book was received as an ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing - Atheneum Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. The character Deva Fagan constructed in Nightingale were really fascinating that it almost seemed like a movie was playing in my mind. A heist that was designed to steal a fortune so Lark can escape from her current situation turned into stealing a magic sword from a prince that crowned her the Nightingale that protects from evil sweeping across the kingdom. I can totally see this book becoming a movie and children of all ages will be in line for tickets and awaiting the release of the DVD and BluRay. I also love the additional context of Lark having trust issues from her upbringing and having this great power it seems impossible for her to manage on her own, so it is hard to ask her fellow friends from the orphanage to help but later on as she sees that they come to her side, her confidence boosts and she can fight the power of evil. I absolutely love books that have a teachable moment incorporated with some fantasy adventure. We will consider adding this title to our JFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 ⭐️ Trigger warning: gaslighting, abusive parental-figure Content warning: mention of dead parents, classism For a middle grade book, it had some pretty grown up notions. I liked seeing classism, unions and worker's rights being explained through a kid's lens. Sophie did sound a lot older than she was at times, but what she said was great and I'd love to see some kids taking this as starting poi I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 ⭐️ Trigger warning: gaslighting, abusive parental-figure Content warning: mention of dead parents, classism For a middle grade book, it had some pretty grown up notions. I liked seeing classism, unions and worker's rights being explained through a kid's lens. Sophie did sound a lot older than she was at times, but what she said was great and I'd love to see some kids taking this as starting point for activism. (Kids, if you go to protests, have a trusted adult with you at all times and keep a handkerchief or a mask on you! If you get separated from your adult, you should have a phone number written down so you can call them as soon as possible. Stay safe!) There was some pretty good low-key disabled and deaf rep, just enough to remind the reader that diversity exists and disability doesn't make a character less than others. Unfortunately, my eARC was missing an entire chapter, so I didn't get every detail, but as a whole, it was pretty good. I have to admit the defeat of the villain was a bit anticlimactic, and I wish there had been more to it. I also knew exactly who the villain at 2/3 of the book, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the story. A pretty good read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Em Jay

    What a fun adventure! Deva Fagan's kingdom is a dazzling land of aethercraft marvels, heroic legends, and shimmering innovation, all built on the backs of poor workers who live in constant fear of "ghosting" into nothing. In this lovely-yet-unjust world, we meet Lark, an indentured girl from the poorest neighborhood of her city who is determined to win her freedom. But when a robbery goes wrong, she finds herself in unexpected possession of a magical sword, a legendary new identity, and several What a fun adventure! Deva Fagan's kingdom is a dazzling land of aethercraft marvels, heroic legends, and shimmering innovation, all built on the backs of poor workers who live in constant fear of "ghosting" into nothing. In this lovely-yet-unjust world, we meet Lark, an indentured girl from the poorest neighborhood of her city who is determined to win her freedom. But when a robbery goes wrong, she finds herself in unexpected possession of a magical sword, a legendary new identity, and several dangerous enemies. Fagan's writing felt classic from the start, effortlessly introducing readers to Lark's strife. Lark is an empathetic hero (no matter how she insists she is NOT heroic) and the central mystery (although a touch predictable) was super enjoyable and immersive. The supporting cast, including clever Prince Jasper, tenacious Sophie, and the other brave boarding-house girls were all wonderful, mirrored by a handful of dastardly villains who don't back down easily. But beyond the adventure, Fagan has sparked a genuinely fierce conversation about the exploitation of workers, and the cost of progress. NIGHTINGALE is an exciting and angry book in the best possible way, weaving together friendship and sacrifice and magic in a manner that feels unquestionably legendary in its own right. 4.5/5.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I received an e-galley of Nightingale from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. An adventurous and fun middle grade novel about a young girl who is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and becomes a hero called the Nightingale. As reluctant heroes go, Lark is definitely not looking to become a hero but when situations arise and her friends and country are in danger, Lark finds that it’s not quite as easy to just ignore the call to help. I enjoyed this middle grade adventure and I I received an e-galley of Nightingale from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. An adventurous and fun middle grade novel about a young girl who is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and becomes a hero called the Nightingale. As reluctant heroes go, Lark is definitely not looking to become a hero but when situations arise and her friends and country are in danger, Lark finds that it’s not quite as easy to just ignore the call to help. I enjoyed this middle grade adventure and I think that young readers will enjoy this fantasy story of girl power and social justice. Readers are sure to also enjoy the antics of Lark and Sword in this first book of a new fantasy series. Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for the galley via NetGalley.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an eARC courtesy of Atheneum Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. All-in-all this was a nice addition to children's fantasy. I think kids are going to respond Lark and Jasper's adventure saving their city. Plus it's got a pretty sassy enchanted sword. Overall, I found this book quite charming. While I wouldn't necessarily say this book wowed me, there is definitely something entertaining about it. Kids will really love the pacing which is quite perfec I received an eARC courtesy of Atheneum Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. All-in-all this was a nice addition to children's fantasy. I think kids are going to respond Lark and Jasper's adventure saving their city. Plus it's got a pretty sassy enchanted sword. Overall, I found this book quite charming. While I wouldn't necessarily say this book wowed me, there is definitely something entertaining about it. Kids will really love the pacing which is quite perfect. For Libraries: If you've got kids searching for more fantasy, adventure, superheroes (girls nonetheless), or friendship stories, this book might be quite happy on your shelves.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

    ARC Copy...this felt fast paced and exciting for me. I would describe the setting-mood as a mix of Les Miserables (for the oppressive economic-social fabric and the clothing+sword on the cover looks French) and diesel-steam punk (for the technology described + slight art deco-ish architecture descriptions). The sword was fun to see both in action and bobbing around along side its mistress plus said is delightfully plucky as a heroine. With out giving too much away...I love the themes of team wor ARC Copy...this felt fast paced and exciting for me. I would describe the setting-mood as a mix of Les Miserables (for the oppressive economic-social fabric and the clothing+sword on the cover looks French) and diesel-steam punk (for the technology described + slight art deco-ish architecture descriptions). The sword was fun to see both in action and bobbing around along side its mistress plus said is delightfully plucky as a heroine. With out giving too much away...I love the themes of team work + "no one can do this alone" and did suspect based on the sword's history that, it would play a critical role.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    Landing somewhere between fantasy and science fiction, this is an exciting story about an unlikely hero. Lark is focused on merely surviving. She doesn't have time or energy to worry about anyone else. When she is unexpectedly thrust into the role of the Nightingale, she resists at first. As she slowly lets others into her life, she realizes that she can finally think about more than her day to day survival. Recommended for grades 4 & up, who are looking for unconventional superheroes. eARC provi Landing somewhere between fantasy and science fiction, this is an exciting story about an unlikely hero. Lark is focused on merely surviving. She doesn't have time or energy to worry about anyone else. When she is unexpectedly thrust into the role of the Nightingale, she resists at first. As she slowly lets others into her life, she realizes that she can finally think about more than her day to day survival. Recommended for grades 4 & up, who are looking for unconventional superheroes. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweis

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Winfrey

    Lark is an orphan oppressed by the boarding house proprietor and the poverty into which she was born. While attempting to rob the Royal Museum, Lark meets the prince and accidentally grabs a magical sword which transforms her into a superhero. She is reluctant at first, but rises to the occasion after learning to allow herself to care about her friends. Decent read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jami Ellis

    Okay story. It has magic, action, and a bit of mystery. I would recommend it for younger kids.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

  16. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  18. 4 out of 5

    Baran

  19. 4 out of 5

    Refia N. Çalkaya

  20. 5 out of 5

    ItsNasB

  21. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nisarga Angadi

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erica

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shane

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie Carpenter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ray Hamsedk

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

  28. 4 out of 5

    MayorEmma

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria Wang

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julia

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