No Place for Magic (The Tales of the Frog Princess Series #4)

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Emma and Eadric are finally ready to get married, but Eadric’s parents are not so sure about having a witch in the family! The two set out for Upper Montevista, Eadric’s homeland to try to make a case for their love, but first Eadric’s irritating little brother, Bradston, needs rescuing from some horrible trolls. In a charming twist on the classic fairy tale rescue story, E. D. Baker’s hilarious style succeeds in this story tailor-made for her emailing fans who have been demanding “Please can we see the ...

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Overview

Emma and Eadric are finally ready to get married, but Eadric’s parents are not so sure about having a witch in the family! The two set out for Upper Montevista, Eadric’s homeland to try to make a case for their love, but first Eadric’s irritating little brother, Bradston, needs rescuing from some horrible trolls. In a charming twist on the classic fairy tale rescue story, E. D. Baker’s hilarious style succeeds in this story tailor-made for her emailing fans who have been demanding “Please can we see the wedding!?”

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
What is not to love about Emma! She keeps all of Greater Greensward safe and green. She can talk to all kinds of living creatures including dragons and butterflies. She has a grandmother who lives with a ghost and encourages her special abilities, a mother who does not understand her magic but loves her any way, and a father who keeps her safe. Well, he tries to keep her safe, but he needs a little help in the way of her future groom, Eadric. Of course, the joke is on both of the men in her life. She does not really need either of them until she has to journey to Eadric's home in Upper Montevista. Now she has to use her logic and not her magic to help Eadric save his brother and convince his parents that a witch can be the right choice for Eadric's bride. This original and fun fairy tale goes on quite an adventure that leads in many directions before it comes full circle. Although the twists and turns do lead to an ending, I felt it climaxed too many times. One problem solves itself as another appears over and over. I appreciate all the action, but too may subplots drag the story on and on. The characters on the other hand add a wonderful touch to the story. How fun to have a Grandpa who is a ghost. The fairies give cause to laugh, and even the trolls seem believable. Look for more books from the "Frog Princess Series."
VOYA - Deborah Dubois
When Emma and Eadric travel to Upper Montevista to get Eadric's parents' blessing on their marriage, there are a couple of problems. The first is that Emma is a witch, and Eadric's parents do not like magic. The other is that trolls have kidnapped Eadric's younger brother, and he must be rescued without using magic. She ends up using magic as well as a few clever unmagical tricks. Emma and Eadric have typical pre-wedding worries about each other as they fight trolls, cockatrices, vampires, and other magical creatures. They learn to work together and appreciate each other's strengths as they rescue Bradston. The happily-ever-after ending includes a wedding interrupted by trolls attacking the castle, and Eadric's parents accepting the worth of magic after all because it is the only thing that saves them from the trolls. This comedic tale meets all the requirements of the fairy-tale formula, but it is difficult for the reader to appreciate the story and know the characters without having read the other books in the Tales of the Frog Princess series. Characters and situations are presented with little explanation, limiting the appeal to those who have read the previous books in the series. Purchase if the others have circulated well.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This latest installment in the series continues with the travails of Emma as she tries to marry Prince Eadric. The young couple must go to meet his parents in Upper Montevista in order to obtain their consent. This is not a slam-dunk as Emma is a witch and Eadric's mother is not too keen on the use of magic. In fact, she won't even allow Emma to use it to help rescue her younger son, Bardston, who has been kidnapped by trolls. Unfortunately, that is about the extent of the plot; the rest is just window dressing, and not very interesting dressing at that. The story plods along as Emma and Eadric make their journey, but nothing much really happens. Things pick up once the search for Bardston begins. Emma is able to see that the man she loves is more than she thought he was, and his parents see that there is more to Emma than they believed. There certainly is no lack of humor, and kids will get a kick out of the hip "Shrek" vibe that Baker creates in this updated fairy tale. The attitudes are contemporary, but attitude alone doesn't make a compelling story. This one is for libraries in which the earlier books are popular.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Four volumes into the Frog Princess series the principals finally get hitched, though not before encounters with deadly werewolves and cockatrices, a genteel banshee, a baby dragon, vampires and a host of other magical creatures-capped by an army of invulnerable trolls led by a four-headed queen with a yen for matrimony herself. Complicated by Princess Emeralda's attempts to please her magic-hating mother and stepmother-to-be by sticking to mundane methods rather than using spells, the plot winds its leisurely way through adventures and misadventures toward a goopily romantic "I do," followed immediately by a wild battle as the aforementioned trolls attack. As before, hunky Prince Eadric's dedicated focus on food and fighting is leavened by just enough good sense to keep him from becoming a complete caricature, and capable Emeralda repeatedly snatches the fat from the fire thanks to quick wit and strong magic-not to mention a pair of cute/obnoxious talking-animal sidekicks. Another amiable, though, at this point, decidedly formulaic, episode. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599902180
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Series: Tales of the Frog Princess Series , #4
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 225,520
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

E. D. Baker is the author of The Tales of the Frog Princess series, including The Frog Princess, which was in part the inspiration for a new Disney movie which will be released this fall (The Princess and the Frog). Baker is also the author of Wings: A Fairy Tale. She lives with her family and many pets in Maryland.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    As expected, another amazing book in series

    Another amazing continuation by ED Baker. The world and story she has created is exciting and romantic and each time I pick up another sequel I'm going back to a well-remembered place. I fall back into step in the flow of the story easily.
    If you've already read the three books before this one, I doubt you'll need this review to make up your mind :) I'm sure you're already won over!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Magnificently exciting!

    I enjoyed practically everything about this book. Each book in this series is better than the last. A simply wonderful read!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

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    Advanture and magical!!!

    No place for magic is a funny and a magical book.This is the fourth book to the frog pincess series.Emma goes to Edrics kingdom to meet his parents to get thir permision to get married, but Edrics brother is captured and brought to the trole queen and Edics mom dos'nt want emma to use her magic aroud her sons.Emma and Edric go thir andvanture with a little help from l'il the bat to rescue Edrics annoying litle brother.NO PLACE FOR MAGIC IS FUNNY AND ADVENTUROUS!!!I love the tales of the frog pincess series!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    fantastic book

    this book is very good. i absolutely loved it. it is a great addition to a great series. E.D. Baker surpassed by greatest expectations. if you love magic, adventure, romance, and trial and error i strongly encourage you to read this book, its prequels, and sequels.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    This book is the best book I have ever read!

    I read this book 8 times because i loved it so much. I know for a fact that all of the books in this series are fantastic. Even though i have read it 8 times i get excited every time when they get married. I think you should read the others first so you can understand the story. I hope you love this book as much as I did. Do not miss out on this terrific book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Awsome

    E.D Baker is my favorite author and I would do anything for her books .

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    A Mixed Series

    I love this series! This book was the best! E D Baker mixes everything together! It's set in the time of King and Queens, it has magic just like Harry Potter, it has romance for sure, and it's all an adventure! I'm sure anyone will like this series!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    AN AWESOME BOOK! A MUST READ!

    I loved this book. I read the whole series, and this was my favorite one! it was sooooo amazing that i could not put it down. I am planning on reading it again. Eadric is soooooo awesome and the best 'frog' prince. I hope that e.D. Baker writes another book for the series!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    :)

    Great book. I love her books. So adorable :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Mushy gushy

    I think there is a lot of lovey dovey stuff but other than that its pretty good

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Ummmmm

    I loove the series but this one just dragged on forever and ever. my fav would have to be dragons breath!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    No Place for Magic

    there is so much to say,but I don't want to give it away!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Best Series Ever!

    I have not read this book but i have read the other 3 before this one and it is the best series ever. Eadric and Emma are such a cute and loving couple. You should buy this book. I have not bought it yet but i am so dieing to.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    WONDERFUL!

    This Is a wonderful book, but read the others first. It can be a bit confusing if you don't. Eadric and Emma get married in this book. This is the fourth book, and I enjoyed it. This is a great book for ages 10-15. Older kids may like it, also. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy a bit of a twist on fairy tails. I recommend all of the books of the series to people who like adventures. Once again, this is a great book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    The most coolest book ever

    Kids can really relate to this book.I am a nine year old and this book really cought my attendtenchen.I really love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Wonderful book

    Everybody should read these series there awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Awsome

    Awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    This is good.

    There are some typos.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    i love it

    the book is mixed with romance comedy and adventure just because th prince's brother is missing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    terrific

    in a word: awesome!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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