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Kind words from MORE BOOK LUST
Nancy Pearl, librarian extraordinaire, had kind things to say about the Kate and Cecy books in her recent MORE BOOK LUST.
On page 85, in the section called Fantasy for Young and Old, she says,
"Three wonderful fantasies/romances just right for teenage girls and like-minded adults) are The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope, which takes place both in the present and during the Revolutionary War period, and two delightful fantasies by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer that will appeal to anyone who loves Regency romances and Jane Austen. The Wrede/Stevermer titles are two of the longest known to humankind: Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country, followed up by The Grand Tour: Being a Revelation of Matters of High Confidentiality and Greatest Importance, Including Extracts from the Intimate Diary of a Noblewoman and the Sworn Testimony of a Lady of Quality."
Kate and Cecy's adventures are available in ebook form from Open Road Media.
FREDERICK RIDES AGAIN!
MAGIC BELOW STAIRS is now available in paperback and as an e-book!
A great review from School Library Journal!
Gr 4-7–When Frederick Lincoln, an orphan, is chosen to be trained as a footman in the house of Thomas Schofield, he brings nothing with him–or so it seems. The boy is actually accompanied by Billy Bly, a hardworking but mischievous brownie. Are Frederick’s uncanny boot-polishing and cravat-tying skills due to his own eagerness to be useful, or to a budding magical talent helped along by Billy Bly? The wizard Schofield soon becomes aware of Billy’s help and Frederick’s natural gifts. However, he is not aware that the lingering remains of an old curse lurk in the walls of his ancestral home, threatening his own life and those of his wife and unborn child. Frederick and Billy must find a way to stop the curse before it is too late. This cozy tale of household magic, complete with a dash of adventure and a pinch of danger, will have children cheering for Frederick as he finds his way in his new home. Stevermer’s readers will enjoy seeing characters from some of her earlier works make an appearance, and fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Patricia C. Wrede will appreciate this delightful Victorian fantasy.–Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY
School Library Journal – July, 2010
MAGIC BELOW STAIRS
is now available as an e-book.
Firebird paperback ISBN: 978-0-14-241871-0
Dear Miss Smith,
Your delightful letter of March 26 arrived without its envelope, so I have no return address.
I hope this means of communication may eventually reach you. Thank you for writing!
P.S. I am now on Facebook, so perhaps we could communicate more directly there.
Issue: June 1, 2010
Magic Below Stairs.
Stevermer, Caroline (Author)
Jun 2010. 208 p. Dial, hardcover, $16.99. (9780803734678).
A few things distinguish 10-year-old Frederick from other boys at the orphanage: he tries to master new skills; the director dislikes him particularly; and (unbeknownst to him until the story begins) he has brownie Billy Bly looking out for him. After entering the employ of wizard Lord Schofield, Frederick rises to the position of assistant valet. With the help of Billy Bly, he resolutely struggles to clear his master’s country house of a demonic curse before the birth of the Schofield’s first child. Set in an alternate-history England some 200 years ago, this chapter book features some characters from Stevermer’s Sorcery and Cecelia series for older readers. A well-developed fictional world and the many concrete details of below-stairs life make the magical events in this engaging chapter book more believable. Since the story ends, with Frederick on the brink of wizard apprenticeship, readers can probably look forward to sequels.
— Carolyn Phelan
MAGIC BELOW STAIRS FIRST REVIEW
From the May 1, 2010 edition of KIRKUS REVIEWS:
Frederick is an orphan in the kind of institution where boys get locked in the stillroom for minor infractions. But Billy Bly, a small creature with an agenda of his own, looks after Frederick in his way, even following when the boy is taken into the service of a wizard named Lord Schofield, where his uncanny knack for tying a cravat is noticed. He’s a plucky boy, wondering about Billy and learning from Bess, a friendly scullery maid with a raft of relatives, many of whom serve Lord Schofield. When the household moves to the lord’s country estate, Frederick goes with it and finds himself enmeshed in a not-quite-scrubbed-out curse on the wizard’s family. The book is gracefully and winningly written, moves at a swift pace and allows Frederick to show himself as both an 11-year-old boy and a budding student of magic. Older readers will recognize Thomas and Kate Schofield of Sorcery and Cecelia, co-written by the author with Patricia Wrede (2003). Lovely and lively. (“According to Bess” glossary) (Historical fantasy. 8-12)
A SCHOLAR OF MAGICS from Le Livre de Poche
L'Etudiant de Magie from le Livre de Poche
ISNB for Le Livre de Poche edition of LE COLLEGE DE MAGIE is 978-2-253-11691-2.
Cover art: Plainpicture/Polarwhite Plainpicture/Archangel
I'm so excited! My advance reading copy arrived today, even though it isn't due out until next June.
P.S. Yes, that is Thomas in the portrait over the fireplace.
Cover illustration by Antonio Caparo.
Cover design by Theresa Evangelista.
Awards and Notable Reviews
ALA Best Book for Young Adults (ALA/YALSA); Booklist, ALA; Book Report, Linworth Publishing; Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library;
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, University of Illinois (The Bulletin); The Horn Book starred review; Golden Duck Award; Golden Kite Award; Kirkus Review; Publishers Weekly; School Library Journal, A Cahners/R.R. Bowker Publication; English Journal, NCTE; ALAN Review, NCTE; YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
SORCERY AND CECELIA
American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults;
Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library; Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Perfect Ten
THE MISLAID MAGICIAN
A COLLEGE OF MAGICS
Minnesota Book Award; Kirkus starred review
A SCHOLAR OF MAGICS
WHEN THE KING COMES HOME