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Very witty and brilliantly fun younger fiction written 'as told to' Araminta Spook Fantastic small hardback format without dust jacket Four titles in the series, the first two to pulish in July By the author of internationally bestselling Magyk. Rights sold in 21 countries, over 45,000 copies sold in hardback so far

About the Author

Angie Sage grew up in the Thames Valley, London and Kent. She went to Art School in Leicester where she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. After college she started illustrating books and then progressed to writing, first toddler books, later chapter books and now, Septimus Heap. She lives overlooking a creek in Cornwall and loves sailing her boat, Muriel and all things to do with the sea. She has two grown up daughters.

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Gr 2-4-Araminta Spookie lives in a sprawling haunted house. She spends her days hunting for ghosts, avoiding her cranky Aunt Tabby, and helping her nocturnal Uncle Drac. In the first book, her aunt wants to sell the house and the little girl does all she can to scare away potential buyers. Things turn out better than expected when the ghost-loving Wizzard family shows interest but decides instead to move in with the Spookies. In the second book, Araminta and the Wizzards' daughter find themselves in danger when they try to retrieve a sword from a cave for the house ghost's 500th birthday. These straightforward stories are filled with exposition and description but little action, until their funny and fitting finales. Reluctant readers may have lost interest by then, however. What the books lack in action, though, they make up for in setting. Kids who use "weird" as a compliment will delight in the charming details of Araminta's life. Trapdoors and secret passageways get her into forbidden places. Frogs, bats, and ghosts are part of the family. Pickering's full- and half-page illustrations and cobwebs dangling from the page corners add the perfect mood. However, Araminta is less interesting than her surroundings. She speaks with a consistent, peevish tone, remaining unchanged throughout her adventures. These books offer few surprises, but will be fun escapism for readers who like their spooky without the scary.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In this humorous, fast-paced paper-over-board caper, Sage (the Septimus Heap series) introduces narrator Araminta Spookie (who also gives the series its name), a spirited gal who lives in a large Victorian house. Her crabby Aunt Tabby is constantly doing battle with a malfunctioning boiler, and Uncle Drac slumbers in a sleeping bag hanging from the joists of a bat-filled turret. When her aunt announces that she wants to sell the house and move to someplace modern, Araminta muses, "We couldn't possibly move, not before I'd found at least one ghost." The heroine, determined to sabotage the sale of her beloved home, scares off several real estate agents. Her big break comes, however, when she finds an old key in the foot of Sir Horace, an ancient suit of armor (who turns out to be a ghost), along with a note saying it's the key to the balcony over the entryway to the house (a perfect spot to launch an "Awful Ambush" on potential buyers). Her quest to reach the balcony leads to an exciting series of adventures, involving a secret passageway and a ride on a dumbwaiter. Araminta indeed pulls off an elaborate ambush, creating comical mayhem with unexpected, satisfying results. Pickering's quirky art adds to the kooky-and in spots somewhat spooky-fun (especially his clever renderings of the ghosts). Araminta returns in The Sword in the Grotto (ISBN 0-06-077484-3), due the same month. Ages 7-10. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Humorous, fast-paced, kooky, spooky fun." -- Publishers Weekly Fun escapism for readers who like their spooky without the scary. --School Library Journal Humorous, fast paced, kooky, spooky fun. --Publishers Weekly Healthy proportions of scary details leavened with light and funny plot twists make this novel an easy recommendation. --Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books "Fun escapism for readers who like their spooky without the scary."--School Library Journal "Humorous, fast-paced, kooky, spooky fun."--Publishers Weekly "Healthy proportions of scary details leavened with light and funny plot twists make this novel an easy recommendation."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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