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The Serpentís Spell

by Rae Bridgman

      In The Serpentís Spell, Rae Bridgman has crafted a new childrenís fantasy that will most certainly appeal to readers needing a Harry Potter fix. Like Harry, William Wychwood, the main character, finds out as a fifth grader that heís born into a magical family and goes to live with his aunts and his cousin Sophie. He and Sophie enter Gruffudís Academy, and he becomes the target of a plot to steal a magical medallion his grandmother has entrusted to him. Also, Wil and Sophie become caught up in the mystery of why hundreds of sacred snakes are being slaughtered.

Bridgmanís snake lore and information about eggs, specifically magical Firebird eggs, sets her magical fantasy apart from other Harry Potter-type books. Also, she puts her characters in MiddleGate, a village magically hidden inside Winnipeg, Manitoba, not the hotbed of magical practitioners that one might expect. But that location means that winter is very important and Bridgman creates a Winterlude celebration as a backdrop for some of the action.

The Serpentís Spell is a delightful read. It is hoped that Rae Bridgman will continue Wil and Sophieís adventures in MiddleGate for years to come.

The Book

Great Plains Publications
April 2006
Fantasy - Age Group: 11 and up
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The Reviewer

Janie Franz
Reviewed 2006
NOTE: Reviewer Janie Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!, Relaxation Techniques for Children, Relaxation Techniques for Adults; Co-author of The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book. Coming Soon: The Ultimate Wedding Workbook, Get Rich on Love, and Sacred Breath (a sound recording of relaxation meditations).
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