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Saturday 29 January 2022

Review: The House At The Edge of Magic

When all is lost, sometimes life can surprise you and bring you strawberries.

That’s what happens to Nine, an orphaned pickpocket who struggles to escape her life of poverty in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures.

Her luck takes a turn for the better (or so she hopes) when she steals a house-shaped ornament from an interesting, but mysterious woman’s purse.

Fascinated by her discovery and unsure of what it actually is, Nine innocently knocks on its tiny door. To her amazement the tiny house ornament grows and grows until it resembles a real life-size house.

But beware, this house is far from normal – instead she finds magic, mystery and a witch’s curse. The quirky residents include Flabberghast, a wacky young wizard who is obsessed with hopscotch and Eric the troublesome troll who is emotionally attached to his feather duster.

Nine learns they are trapped by the curse and they are desperate for Nine to help them. But first Nine must deal with the witch’s cronies – Agatha the rather short tempered, Millicent the goat-eater and Marvin the merciless who will do anything to keep the curse in place.

Maybe together they can break the curse and enjoy the life they deserve.

Within the opening pages, the reader will be swept up in this magical fast-paced adventure filled with quirky endearing characters, paranormal obstacles and funny surprises.

Title: The House At The Edge of Magic

Author: Amy Sparkes
Publisher: Walker Books Australia, $14.99
Publication Date: 7 January 2021
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781406395310
For Ages: 6 - 9
Type: Junior Fiction