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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
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.
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.
|Publication date:||18th August 2016|
|Publisher:||Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
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.More About Lari Don