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Midnight Magic

By Avi

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| Paperback | 9780439242196

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A nervous king, an exasperatingly playful princess, a diabolical count, an oddly ubiquitous kitchen boy, a magician who doesn't believe in magic, and a servant who knows far too much for his own good. When this motley crew embarks on a medieval gh Continue

A nervous king, an exasperatingly playful princess, a diabolical count, an oddly ubiquitous kitchen boy, a magician who doesn't believe in magic, and a servant who knows far too much for his own good. When this motley crew embarks on a medieval ghost hunt, destiny throws plenty of twists and turns their way.

Fabrizio, meddlesome but loyal servant of Mangus the ex-magician, feels horribly guilty. Though forbidden to do so, he secretly continues to practice sleights of hand and metaphysics. Casting his tarot cards one stormy night, Fabrizio fears he has unleashed terrible powers that will determine his master's fate. Sure enough, moments later, Mangus and Fabrizio are summoned to the court of the king, who expects Mangus to use his recently outlawed mystical ability to rid his daughter of a ghost that haunts her. The plot is soon thick as oatmeal, with threats of death or promises of reward behind every hidden corner.

This thrilling tale of intrigue and mystery could be written by none other than Avi. Versatile author of over three dozen books for young people in many genres, including the Newbery Honor historical novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi creates compelling adventure that very few can resist. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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    This book was fantastically entertaining and adventuresome. I really enjoyed the timescale used here. You never really get nice, exciting mystery-type stories from the ancient past. Writing in a time on no technology as simple as the light bulb is an ...(continue)

    This book was fantastically entertaining and adventuresome. I really enjoyed the timescale used here. You never really get nice, exciting mystery-type stories from the ancient past. Writing in a time on no technology as simple as the light bulb is an extravagant and hardly touched upon world. So much more is open to what we don't know from personal experience to what we do know in our everyday lives.

    The fact that the author had to write this novel from doing research on the time period and from traveling to places to learn about culture and architecture, really enhances the "suspension of disbelief" factor most often seen in live stage productions, but used here, we can really get a sense of the time and place of such a setting in the book. the Characters that are brought to life by the professional words of the author and his skill in his trade make them live in his work and really flow together to form an exciting bunch, when thrown with a problem really work hard to get to the bottom of things. I enjoyed the book fully and found that although it was full of strange sayings and words, it was still and very clever way to write a child/teen fiction adventure. This is one of those books that can take you far away and bring you back again satisfied with everything that has transpired.

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Book Details

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 256 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0439242193
  • ISBN-13: 9780439242196
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • Publish date: 2004-09-01
  • Dimensions: 129 mm x 838 mm x 1,225 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Library Binding , School & Library Binding
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