Remarkable is the best word I could use to describe the book “Remarkable” by debut author Lizzie Foley.
The book setting has an atmosphere that is reminiscent of Dr. Suess’ Whoville. Everyone is remarkable at something, expect Jane Doe, which could have been the sore point of the novel but readers will soon find her journey fascinating as she interacts with all the town characters, ranging from mischievous twins and a public school teacher who longs for the days when she was a infamous pirate. The town comes to life with the construction of a bell tower and their feud with the neighboring town over bragging rights about the finest jelly in the world. By the last page, you will wish you could take a vacation to an amazing town, just to get an order of psychic pizza but not there long enough to be an entry in the Book of Dangerous Deed and Dastardly Intentions.
A wonderfully whimsical debut that proves ordinary people can do extraordinary things
In the mountain town of Remarkable, everyone is extraordinarily talented, extraordinarily gifted, or just plain extraordinary. Everyone, that is, except Jane Doe, the most average ten-year-old who ever lived. But everything changes when the mischievous, downright criminal Grimlet twins enroll in Jane's school and a strange pirate captain appears in town.
Thus begins a series of adventures that put some of Remarkable's most infamous inhabitants and their long-held secrets in danger. It's up to Jane, in her own modest style, to come to the rescue and prove that she is capable of some rather exceptional things.
With a page-turning mystery and larger-than-life cast of characters, Lizzie K. Foley's debut is nothing short of remarkable.