Over 70,000 copies sold of the first two Araminta books #8 in the hardback bestseller list Very witty and brilliantly fun younger fiction written 'as told to' Angie Sage By the author of internationally bestselling Magyk. Rights sold in twenty-one countries
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 then the international bestselling Septimus Heap series. She lives in Somerset and loves sailing her boat, Muriel, and all things to do with the sea. She has two grown-up daughters.
Gr 2-4-Araminta Spookie feels that she is always blamed unfairly when something goes wrong or disappears, so when the father of her friend Wanda Wizzard tells her that she had better return his troupe of five acrobatic frogs, she decides to clear her name by setting up a detective agency to solve the frognapping. Although Spookie House has ghosts and at least one vampire (Uncle Drac, who likes to knit), the only character who seems to be up to anything even faintly sinister is Old Morris, a grouchy neighbor who suddenly turns his mushroom farm into a low-budget marine park. Black-and-white illustrations of cartoonlike characters with eyes on the sides of their faces appear throughout. The solution to the mystery is obvious halfway through the book. Frognapped, like the other "Araminta Spookie" books, seems designed for readers who like the idea of spooky things such as secret passages and ghosts, but do not want to read about anything even remotely scary. The humor is often so slight that it barely seems worth chuckling at. Purchase only if series fans are demanding more.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.