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Fire Spell

Fire Spell

About the Book

Author: Laura Amy Schlitz

Age Range: 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Price: £6.99, paperback


There’s a powerfully haunting quality about this curious and captivating piece of storytelling by Laura Amy Schlitz, whose background includes time spent as a costumier, actress and playwright as well as her current role as a librarian. It’s certainly a theatrical plot, full of elaborate passions both dark and pure alongside puppetry and the struggle for power, but the author’s control is masterful and she never risks shaking her readers’ suspension of disbelief. The central tragedy, of a child who survives while her siblings die and is forced to bear the weight of her own (misplaced) sense of guilt and responsibility as well as the burden of her parents’ grief as a consequence, is wrapped up in a supernatural mystery that’s utterly compelling, with characters for whom it is impossible not to care, flaws and all.

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