Friends of Gecko Press

Sign up here to become a Friend of Gecko Press. Find out about new Gecko Press books, receive catalogues and invitations to events, and enter exclusive competitions.


The Queen and the Nobody Boy (A Tale of Fontania)

Author: Barbara Else

(2 reviews)Add your review about this book

Free shipping on orders over $100 within NZ only

Availability; In stock
Quote: Else makes the book into something that you just can't tear yourself away from! 
The Guardian

Hodie’s journey (in five parts all about bad choices)

Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself.

The young Queen, 12-year-old Sibilla, is fed-up too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to run away with Hodie, whether he likes it or not. 

An adventure story about greed, rebellion, and finding allies in the most unlikely places.

John McIntyre on Nine to Noon, December 2012
It’s old fashioned story-telling here; there's a poor orphan boy,...
Read more

Kate De Goldi on National Radio, March 2013
It’s as good as the first book, if not’s got all sort...
Read more

The Guardian, April 2013
Else makes the book into something that you just can't tear yours...
Read more

My Best Friends are Books blog, September 2012
A magical story, full of adventure, danger, royalty, spies, flyin...
Read more

Family Times, September 2012
A giant adventure involving a greedy king, his surprising daughte...
Read more

The Children's Bookshop School & Library Newsletter, Term 4 2012
A stand-alone sequel that features some of the characters from Th...
Read more

Judges Report, New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, July 2013
This is the kind of total immersion story that transports its rea...
Read more

Around the Bookshops, August 2012
Sparkling writing and surprise twists and turns make this a great...
Read more

Kiwi Families, October 2012
I’m liking the author’s imagination in coming up with ideas like ...
Read more

Bob's Book Blog, October 2012
A rollicking good yarn for primary and intermediate students.
Read more

Bookrapt, October 2012
Hope, fear, friendship, loyalty, humour and imagination all packa...
Read more

Elise from Room 2, Green Bay Writers, June 2013
I love the story because it’s adventurous and quite sad at the sa...
Read more

Gemma Lovewell (age 7), Junior Journal, April 2013
This is a great story. I especially loved the wind train... Recom...
Read more

Magpies, November 2012
It’s impossible to describe the many plot strands in this multi-l...
Read more

Saturday Express, November 2012
[This] offers a filler in the pre-teen fiction genre for the gap ...
Read more

School Librarian Journal, April 2013
Whilst this is a fantasy novel and there is a great deal of humou...
Read more

Lemurkats Library Blog, October 2013
A colourful and fast-paced, action-packed and entertaining romp ....
Read more

Kids Book Review, December 2013
The story didn't disappoint... A quirky, zany and thoroughly ente...
Read more

Reading and Sharing Blog, January 2014
Else’s narrative style reminds me a bit of Roald Dahl and Lemony ...
Read more

  • Storylines Notable Book 2013
  • Junior Fiction Honour Award, NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2013
  • Junior Fiction Finalist, LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2013
Country of origin New Zealand
Age 10+
Size 328pp, 198mm x 129mm
ISBN 978-1-877579-23-3 Paperback
Published by Gecko Press in September 2012
Add your review about this book

Read It! -

Gemma    Sun Jun 23, 2013

This is a great story, I especially loved the wind train. I did find it hard to follow sometimes, and it slowed me down reading because I had to stop and think. My mum and dad kept tripping over the names when they read aloud. I hope there are more books about Jasper and Sibilla. After we read it we made Umbinnian cabbage cream from the recipe at the back. It was actually delicious! I recommend this for people who have good imaginations and like magic and fantasy stories. Ages 8+ because some of the words are hard.

Was this review helpful to you? Login to rate this review

This review's helpfulness is yet to be rated

Looks Good: Fits Good:

Buy This Book -

Tarek And Laila    Wed Jun 19, 2013

What does Babara Else have in store for you in this latest adventure? The Travelling Resturant was hard to beat and the Queen and the Nobody boy came very close. Queen Sibilla is now twelve and is not very interested in being Queen. There is also Hodie an unpaid work boy who wants to head south and find adventure. Does Sibilla have the magic? Can Hodie protect her? Find out in the Queen and the Nobody boy.

Was this review helpful to you? Login to rate this review

This review's helpfulness is yet to be rated

Looks Good: Fits Good: