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The trip to London was supposed to be for a simple reading of the will of some distant relative. Instead, things have gone terribly wrong. Jarvey Midion’s parents are nowhere to be found, and he is suddenly in the middle of a mystery—a mystery involving the Grimoire, a magical book that has the power to transport people through time.

When Jarvey gets too close to the ominous tome, he is instantly transported to Lunnon, a city that is not quite of the past, but definitely not of ...

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Overview

The trip to London was supposed to be for a simple reading of the will of some distant relative. Instead, things have gone terribly wrong. Jarvey Midion’s parents are nowhere to be found, and he is suddenly in the middle of a mystery—a mystery involving the Grimoire, a magical book that has the power to transport people through time.

When Jarvey gets too close to the ominous tome, he is instantly transported to Lunnon, a city that is not quite of the past, but definitely not of the present day.There Jarvey must team up with the Free Folk, a ragtag gang of orphan kids who run wild on the streets. One of them wants to help him use the Grimoire to get back to his own time. But can he trust her?

The popular author of several books in the John Bellairs mystery series, Brad Strickland offers a tale of atmospheric suspense with a strong dose of magic. The Curse of the Midions is the first book of an exciting new trilogy.

Author Biography: Brad Strickland lives in Oakwood, Georgia.

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Children's Literature - Cindy L. Carolan
Harry Potteresque in its nature but not in length (this book contains a mere 233 smallish pages), fans of fantasy and magic will eat up this first title of a new series. In London for the reading of the will of his recently deceased great-great-grandfather, Jarvey Midion finds himself caught up in a bizarre turn of events. For one (very disturbing) thing, his parents have gone missing; for another, a tall narrow book with pebbled leather the color of dried blood that has some creepily strange power and is called the Grimoire, is now part of his life. These facts should not be completely surprising to Jeremy, as inexplicable happenings seem to abound in his presence, at school and on the ball field. In his search for his parents, Jeremy will discover a lot about his family history, while determining who he can trust and who he cannot. The author has written numerous books for young readers, including the award winning When Mack Came Back, and lives in Oakwood, Georgia. Recommended.
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Gr 4-7-When Jarvis Midion travels to London with his parents to attend the reading of the will of a distant relative, what he discovers is far stranger than he suspected and more dangerous than he dreamed. His mother and father disappear, he is sucked into an alternate London that exists only inside a mysterious book, and he is challenged by a magical birthright that he has only just discovered. With the help of a motley band of guttersnipes, he struggles to solve the mystery of his family curse, find his missing parents, and master the magic that has trapped him. This is the first book in a new fantasy adventure series, and while fans of the genre will pick it up, they won't find much to keep them reading. The story is mainly dedicated to introducing the cruel, mysterious world of Lunnon. The occasional spurts of action are not enough to hold readers' interest, and the parts of the mystery that are resolved appear suddenly and clumsily at the end. Most unfortunately, Jarvis's character is largely undeveloped, and readers will feel as though they know more about the strange alternate universe than they do about the boy who is marooned there. Close the book on the Grimoire and send readers toward some of Strickland's better works.-Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Set around-or, rather, within-the pages of a powerful collection of spells, this suspenseful series opener traps the untrained scion of a magical family in a dismal alternate London, where numerous dangers await. Lured by a promised inheritance, Jarvey Midion and his parents fly from Georgia to London, only to be kidnapped by sinister Great Uncle Siyamon, who pitches them into a glowing volume from his library. Jarvey finds himself in grim, Dickensian "Lunnon," separated from his mom and dad but actually holding the mysterious tome. Helped by Betsy Dare, a supposed street urchin with a secret, and also by his own astonishing, if uncontrolled, ability to work magic, Jarvey eludes capture while nerving himself to confront Tantalus (another malign relative) and escape. The end leaves him, armed with but "a chance, a hope and a friend," determined to rescue his parents and take on the sorcerous Siyanon. Strickland offers a conventional but typically fast-paced tale, with nicely lurid touches and plenty of unanswered questions. Good start. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803730601
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/8/2006
  • Series: Grimoire Trilogy , #1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.28 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    January 20 2012

    Really good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    Suspenseful

    It truly was an amazing book! Unlike Brad Strickland's other works where he helped complete John Bellairs young adult horror/mystery novels, I feel that Grimoire has more twists and turns always leaving you in suspense, and of course wanting more. However, I would stick to the age range for this book because some words maybe tricky for younger readers, but making it a bed time story can solve this problem.

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