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The Vanishing Trick

Written by Jenni Spangler

Illustrated by Chris Mould

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The Vanishing Trick Review

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Historical Fiction

A heart-racing Victorian era adventure full of eerie magic, folklore and one ever-so-nasty villain.

May 2020 Book of the Month

Scary and warm- hearted, this is an action-packed adventure with a great cast of characters and some rocket fuel of magic and mystery. Orphaned when his mother dies, Leander is saved from starvation by the mysterious Madame Pinchbeck. Pinchbeck, a medium who claims she can talk to the dead, offers Leander the chance to speak to his mother if he joins her and sells her his locket. Hungry, cold and afraid, Leander agrees. Frighteningly soon Pinchbeck has terrifying power over Leander who swiftly discovers that he is not the first child that Pinchbeck has ‘stolen’: Charlotte and Felix have both been prisoners for years. Pinchbeck uses them in her dishonest performances as a medium and controls them with magic that enables her to make them vanish into their cabinets when they displease her. Will Charlotte, Felix and Leander ever be able to escape from evil Pinchbeck? With an atmospheric Victorian setting, the twists and turns of this drama unravel at an excitingly fast pace. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

The Vanishing Trick Synopsis

Step into a world of secrets, folklore and illusions, where nothing is as it seems and magic is at play...

Madame Augustina Pinchbeck, travels the country conjuring the spirits of dearly departed loved ones... for a price. Whilst her ability to contact ghosts is a game of smoke and mirrors, there is real magic behind her tricks too - if you know where to look. Through a magical trade, she persuades children to part with precious objects, promising to use her powers to help them. But Pinchbeck is a deceiver, instead turning their items into enchanted Cabinets that bind the children to her and into which she can vanish and summon them at will. When Pinchbeck captures orphan Leander, events are set into motion that see him and his new friends Charlotte and Felix, in a race against time to break Pinchbeck's spell, before one of them vanishes forever...


The Vanishing Trick Press Reviews

'A thrilling, original, evocative and eerie tale - I adored it!' Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic 

‘A thrilling page-turner. Madame Pinchbeck is a gloriously Dickensian villain.’ Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song

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ISBN: 9781471190377
Publication date: 30/04/2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471190377
Publication date: 30th April 2020
Author: Jenni Spangler
Illustrator: Chris Mould
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, General Fiction, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Jenni Spangler

Jenni Spangler writes children's books with a magical twist, she loves to take real and familiar places and events and add a layer of mystery and hocus-pocus. She had the good fortune to be selected for the first year of the 'Write Mentor' scheme and was mentored by Lindsay Galvin, author of The Secret Deep. Jenni lives in Staffordshire with her husband and two children. She loves old photographs, picture books and tea, but is wary of manhole covers following an unfortunate incident.

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