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A Bitter Magic

Authors: Townley, Roderick
Lexile: 500,
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
BISAC/Subject: JUV037000, JUV013050, JUV031000
ISBN: 9780449816516, Related ISBNs: 0449816494, 0449816508, 0449816516, 0449816524, 9780449816493
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 304,
Audience: Children/juvenile
Synopsis: A deliciously quirky tale of secrets, magic, and illusions.
 
Everything is in place: the packed theater, the Amazing Thummel, and, center stage, the magician's mysterious assistant. Some have called her the most beautiful woman in Europe.

Then, in a swirl of light, she vanishes!

An astounding illusion, but she never reappears. All that remains are a bloodstained white scarf and her daughter, Cisley, who lives in a glass castle and walks her pet lobster each morning by the sea.

Enter Cole, a rambunctious boy from town and Cisley's first true friend. Together they hunt for clues to her mother's disappearance. They puzzle over broken mirrors, ever-shifting labyrinths, a closet full of whispering ball gowns, and a fatal quest for a pure black rose.

Roderic Townley spins a deliciously spooky tale of one girl's journey to discover what's real and what is simply an illusion.
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