Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things
Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things

Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things

Written by Matilda Woods
8 - 12
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Jun 9, 2020
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From a masterful storyteller comes an adventure filled with magic and mischief, courage and family. Perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. In the city of Hodorf, the Tattercoats live by a strict code. Only steal what you need, don’t leave a trace of yourself behind, and if another Tattercoat is in trouble, you must always help them out. These are the rules that guide Nim’s life as she and her rat, Nibbles, live on the streets and the rooftops of the only place she’s ever called home. So when a new boy named Otto comes to town and gets caught up in the devious plottings of a former Tattercoat who’s fallen from grace, Nim takes it upon herself to come to Otto’s rescue. But Otto isn’t the only one who needs help: The days in Hodorf have been growing progressively shorter and darker since the legendary sundragons went extinct. The air is getting colder, hope is waning, and it won’t be long until the freeze grows so bone-deep that the chimneys the Tattercoats use for warmth at night will no longer suffice. With things growing more dire, Nim sets off into the murky woods surrounding the city, searching for Otto–and for answers. With this story of magic, wonder, adventure, and smarts, Matilda firmly establishes herself as a powerful voice in the middle-grade space. Praise for Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things * An engrossing tale…Both charming and wise. –Kirkus Reviews, starred review Woods fills her tale with vivid settings–a Dickensian atmosphere, a fairyland forest–and touching teamwork, and Otto’s fortitude makes for a winning read. –Publishers Weekly [A] frosty tale of magic and bravery. –Booklist

What Kind of Book is Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things

Primarily about

orphansthieves, robbers, and outlawsfactories

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • The Tattercoats live by a code of conduct call the Tattercode. What do think of the Tattercode?
  • As orphans, the Tattercoats face many difficulties. In what ways were they resourceful? How did they look out for one another?


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Book Details

Publication Date
June 9, 2020
Viking Books For Young Readers
Page Count
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Middle Grade
Reading Age
8 - 12 years
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