Our December children's book of the month is FIRE SPELL by Laura Amy Schlitz. When magic traps you, who can break the spell?
FIRE SPELL is a brilliant and bewitching novel from a Newberry Medal winning author. Combining epic storytelling and magical adventure, it is sure to enchant children aged 9+, making it the perfect Christmas gift.
It is Clara Wintermute's birthday. A puppet master and his two orphan helpers have come to stage a spellbinding show in the vast, lonely Wintermute house. But that night, when the curtains close and darkness falls, Clara disappears.
The obvious suspects are Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, the two orphans. After all, Clara had everything they didn't: food, luxury, a loving home. But the reality is far more sinister – and the two children may in fact be her only chance of escape. As they begin to unravel the truth, all three are caught up in a deadly struggle between the puppet master and a witch of extraordinary power.
'Settle down; prepare for mesmerism... this is a story that has real magic lacing through it.' Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked.
About the author
Laura Amy Schlitz is a librarian and storyteller and has also worked as a costumer, actress and playwright. She has been awarded the Newbery Medal and numerous other literary awards. She is a New York Times bestselling author.
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