Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn this third exciting book of the Sorcery Hall series ( The Bronze King ; The Silver Glove ), apprentice wizard Valentine Marsh's newest adventures in magic begin when her musician friend Joel, who is studying violin in Boston, calls on her. For some reason his hands cramp up when he plays, and he needs Val's help to understand why. But she is distracted by other concerns--her grandmother is dying of a stroke. Magical events at a New Year's Eve party seem to lead to the arrival of Bosanka, a sinister girl who says she is a foreign exchange student. She insists that Val and her friends can help her search for her ``people.'' The problem is getting everyone together to create more magic--the unlikely group of conjurers includes skeptics and wise guys. Bosanka's true identity will be a wonderful surprise for readers; her reunion with her people is poetically depicted and touching. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
School Library JournalGr 7-9-- With her beloved sorceress grandmother in a coma and hospitalized, 14-year-old Valentine Marsh attends a subdued New Year's gathering on the roof of a New York apartment building. When Val and her friends join hands in an experiment to magically create a star, they seem to fly into the sky until they are struck by a powerful bolt of heat. None of this is too disconcerting to Val; in previous adventures, she and her grandmother have destroyed a monster and an evil witch. Upon returning to school, Val is assigned to assist a strange foreign exchange student, Bosanka, who reveals that she is a powerful, magical ruler of another world and is looking for her people. Then she demands that Val and her friends use their power to find her misplaced subjects. Val fears Bosanka's people may subdue and misuse humankind, yet she dreads to refuse the royal commands. Charnas shows the adventures of a typical high-school girl who just happens to have inherited some degree of white magic talent. In so doing, she touches on a host of contemporary issues, the most important of which is her ecological message that we are one people and must use technology to preserve the earth rather than destroy it. If all this seems a ``stretch,'' it isn't. Charnas neatly ties seemingly disparate pieces together into an exciting, absorbing, contemporary romp.-- Cindy Darling Codell, Belmont Junior High School, Winchester, KY
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I grew up in New York and went to school there, and this book really brings back to me some of the best parts -- about having secrets with friends, doing things you're definitely not supposed to do and then having to jump through hoops to save yourself from the consequences -- which is a lot more fun to read about than to do, actually, IMO. In this book Valentine, who's the descendant of witches and has powers she's not even aware of, has to organize a mixed bag of kids (who are NOT the popular ones, but are the smart and talented ones like the ones I hung out with -- or anyway we all thought we were pretty damn smart and talented) to get some control over this wild sorceress from a primitive world so they can help her solve her problem before she trashes the whole world trying to do it on her own. Bosanka, the alien witch girl, has powers that remind me of some of what Harry P. is learning about at Hogwarts, only nobody has taught her about using them, and she comes from a kind of savage world out in space somewhere, so Val and her friends have to be really fast on their feet to deal with her -- they're smart New Yorkers, and she's this haughty aristocrat who's used to dominating everything around her, so the sparks fly. Another part of the story is about dealing with her without grown-ups to help -- Val's magical grandmother is in the hospital and out of action -- which means, in a way, that Val and her group have pretty well graduated and are on their own, frantic and petrified half the time but resourceful and determined, too.