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The Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers

Written by Lari Don

Part of the Kelpies Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on The Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers

In a nutshell: Magic riddles | Narrow escapes   

Five very different characters enrol at Mrs Sharpe’s curse-lifting workshop, and it’s a life-or-death last chance for each of them. Their training is practical rather than classroom-based, a series of challenges to be met and riddles to be answered. Lari Don tells her story with pace and wit and the plotline fairly crackles with excitement. Like all really good fairy tales, reaching a happy ending depends as much on character and integrity as on strength or cunning and our cursed heroes become a real team, despite initial rivalries and resentments. Firmly based in traditional myth and legend but with a thoroughly contemporary feel this will keep young readers on the edge of their seats to the last page. ~ Andrea Reece


The Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers Synopsis

Molly Drummond is cursed: whenever a dog barks, she turns into a hare -- which can make life quite dangerous...So she does the sensible thing and attends a curse-lifting workshop, run by a local witch. She tumbles into a world of magical beings, all desperate to reverse their curses. But will the power that feeds on the curses prevent them from returning to their normal lives?

By the author of the bestselling Fabled Beasts Chronicles series, this is the dramatic first instalment in the brand new, long-awaited Spellchasers trilogy.  The Beginner's Guide to Curses will be followed in spring 2017 by The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away (book 2) and The Witch's Guide to Magical Combat (book 3) in autumn 2017.

The Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Beth de Lotbiniere - 'A magical book about strange curses, colourful characters and most importantly how great friends can work together. Out of 10, I'd give it 11!'
  • Richie Upchurch - 'This is a magical adventure story about teamwork and friendship. I'd definitely recommend it to my friends and I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.' 
  • Rose Hopkins, age 10 - 'It shocks, it scares, it makes you gasp in horror and sadness.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A girl who turns into a hare when a dog barks, dark magic, curses and an adventure. What more could you want from a book?'
  • Judith, age 10 - 'Without a doubt, this book was one of the best I have read in years. The writing involved had me in a trance of never-ending emotions and I was unable to release the book from my grasp.'
  • Emily Golding, age 9 - 'I really enjoyed this book...The story was exciting, thrilling and breath-taking.'
  • Toby, age 9 - 'I loved this book! It was exciting, fun, full of adventure and had a lot of surprises! I got caught up in the story and kept wanting to read on and on.'   

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ISBN: 9781782503057
Publication date: 18/08/2016
Publisher: Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782503057
Publication date: 18th August 2016
Author: Lari Don
Publisher: Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Lari Don

Lari Don is an award-winning author and storyteller who loves sharing traditional tales from all over the world. Lari was born in Chile, and brought up in Scotland and now lives in Edinburgh with her family. She has worked in politics and for the BBC, but now spends her time passing on old stories and making up new ones. She is a traditional storyteller, as well as an award-winning children’s author; her fiction is inspired by her love of myths, legends and fables.

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