Who else can you trust when your own heart could be your worst
enemy? The Cahill girls are among the pretties & smartest young
women in their status driven, old-world society but with that acclaim
comes scrutiny of the highest level. Scrutiny that could very well
expose them for what they really are: witches. Witches who could be hunted, trapped
& exterminated. Unless they can find the courage to guard the one
thing that might also be their only salvation: their hearts.
Jessica Spotswood has woven a taunting, mesmerizing tale into this delicious new world of duty, love & witchcraft. In one night, I sat down with this beautifully crafted novel & couldn’t put it down until the last page!
--Reviewed by Colleen from Books Inc. Palo Alto
That witty, clever (and just a little crooked) Dahl will get you with at least at least one of these stories. He can turn any story on its head, tickle its feet and leave you gasping.
And these sharp short stories will revisit you— you’ll find yourself recounting, re-reading… to yourself, to the wind, to strangers in the park… and maybe, if they’re really lucky, to your friends.
Some of the stories in this collection you may recall having heard before, and the others, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
I’d say those of you ages 12+ can handle it…and those of you under 12, may dare to venture there…
-Reviewed by Chantal from Books Inc. Mountain View
Philip Pullman takes a new tack and comes up a winner. Off of a London East End
street there is a close and on that close live a faithful group of friends. Led
by Thunderbolt Dobney and a whirlwind of chaos and brilliance by the name of
Benny Kaminsky, these kids make up for their empty pockets with the riches of
imagination. Trying to get an homemade waxwork of their favorite hot chestnut
seller into the wax museum is all in an afternoons work. Ferreting out a gang of
currency forgers takes just a little bit longer. These kids are direct
descendants of “the Baker Street Irregulars” by way of “Emil and the
Detectives.” Love Pullman as I do, I wasn’t expecting this wonderful romp from
the man who gave me “His Dark Materials.” Still, his matchless storytelling and
really funny prose shine like stars.
Perfect for the 3rd - 6th grade boy or girl in your house.
--Reviewed by Elizabeth from Books Inc. Alameda