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The Salamander Spell (The Tales of the Frog Princess Series #5)

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In this prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess, Grassina is a young princess-in-training. But as the younger sister to Princess Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much beyond behave herself. When a terrible spell stops her mother from being the good Green Witch, and the Kingdom of Greater Greensward seems to teeter on the brink of terror, Grassina sets off on an errand in the swamp and comes back with some surprises for everyone, including skills that only Chartreuse is supposed to have. Soon it is ...

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Overview

In this prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess, Grassina is a young princess-in-training. But as the younger sister to Princess Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much beyond behave herself. When a terrible spell stops her mother from being the good Green Witch, and the Kingdom of Greater Greensward seems to teeter on the brink of terror, Grassina sets off on an errand in the swamp and comes back with some surprises for everyone, including skills that only Chartreuse is supposed to have. Soon it is clear that Grassina has begun to find her own way to the magic she thinks she'll never have, and luckily for Greater Greensward, the audaciousness—and the ability—to save the kingdom itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristine Kienle
As the younger daughter of Queen Olivene, the Green Witch of Greater Greensward, Grassina sits in the shadow of her older sister Chartreuse. Queen Olivene has magical powers and great responsibility as the protector of her kingdom. When she can no longer perform her duties, tradition holds that the eldest daughter must take the reigns. Chartreuse, however, has trouble learning magic, which frustrates her fifteen-year-old younger sibling to no end. The two sisters do not get along well, but they must work together when their mother is cursed after touching a flower and starts using her magic for evil. Bad things start happening in Greater Greensward without the Green Witch's protection. Chartreuse continues to attempt to learn magic while her mother demands daunting, nearly impossible tasks of her and Grassina. One day, after Chartreuse insults Grassina by accusing her of jealousy and murderous intentions, Grassina runs deep into the forest to explore. She brings her friend Pippa the snake to the swamp with her, where she meets Haywood, a young boy who lives by himself on an island in the swamp. As a team, Grassina, Haywood, and Pippa must work to overcome many obstacles in the swamp and at the castle. Grassina learns a lot through her family experiences and adventures in the swamp. This dynamic and round character matures through her triumphs—such as saving the kingdom from werewolves with her newfound power, and through her tribulations, including dealing with her jealous sister, a death in the family, and resisting an overpowering mother. This humorous novel teaches teamwork, selflessness, and friendship as the characters, especially Grassina and Chartreuse, develop and realizetheir full potential. Reviewer: Kristine Kienle
VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
In Baker's prequel to her four-part series, The Tales of the Frog Princess, which features Emeralda, readers are treated to the backstory of Emeralda's Aunt Grassina. Older sister Princess Chartreuse is infuriated by her failed efforts to get with the magic program and become the next Green Witch of the Greater Greensward kingdom. Grassina cannot keep a profile low enough to stay out of Chartreuse's rages. When the girls' father inadvertently turns his wife, Queen Olivene, the current Green Witch, into a cruel hag, tragedy befalls the castle. Chartreuse and Olivene heap ever-more abuse on Grassina who rescues Pippa, a wounded snake, and flees to a nearby island. There she meets Haywood, a young boy wizard who is drawn to Grassina's plucky resourcefulness. Just in time, they realize that Grassina has the gift of magic and is pegged to be the next Green Witch. They learn to use her fledgling gifts to ward off attacks from werewolves and an evil manticore, thus saving the kingdom and allowing Grassina to claim her rightful place as the anointed Green Witch. Baker throws a lot into this book-amusing smatterings of light humor, a fairly intense gore factor (beheadings and the bone-crunching demise of several creatures), and an increasingly gooey romantic element toward the end between Haywood and Grassina, which might be too much for her targeted audience. Nevertheless it is a popular series, so buy accordingly.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7
A prequel to The Frog Princess (Bloomsbury, 2003) and the fifth book in the series, this novel features a young Princess Grassina and her family. Her mother, Queen Olivene, the Green Witch, is grooming Grassina's older sister to inherit this title while ignoring Grassina's interest in magic and potential talent. The girls' rivalry and the entire kingdom are turned upside down when their father innocently brings their mother flowers, invoking a curse that changes her into an ugly hag. The queen's gleeful and perplexing antics provide some humor in this story but her disinterest in taking care of her realm threatens the safety of Greater Greensward, leads to the death of the king, and forces Grassina to undertake a quest. This tale satisfyingly explains much of the history behind the other books and gives insight into one of the more interesting characters in The Frog Princess . It continues the evolution of the series from a simple retelling of a well-known fairy tale into an entertaining saga featuring a fully developed magical world of its own.
—Kathleen MeulenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900186
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Series: Tales of the Frog Princess Series , #5
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 693,066
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.91 (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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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For those who like fantasy, adventure, and romance this is a perfect fit.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

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    I have read the first five books and have been hooked since the beginning!! I never can put any one of the books down!!!! They are so good!! These books have crazy adventures and a little bit of romance with fantasy creatures!!! Perfect combination! E.D. Baker out did herself on this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    PEACHES

    I've read it foour times and read all the other books and let me tell you best book of the series i recomended it to three friends and they all loved it as well!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    B.itch

    B.itch

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    A Wonderful, must read book!

    A loved this book because it is told when Grassina and her sister Chartreuse are little and how Grassina became the Green Witch.
    Make sure you read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    The best book ever!

    This is my favorite book out of all of the books I've read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    The

    This is intertaining

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Good

    Good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Best book ever!

    Awsome book! Loove it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    great

    allmost read them all. luv it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    hi

    luv it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    awesome!!!!

    rockin amazing!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jeremey for TeensReadToo.com

    No, this is not a story about Princess Emeralda and Prince Eadric. <BR/><BR/>This new story, which is a prequel to THE TALES OF THE FROG PRINCESS, visits Princess Emeralda's aunt....as a teenager! <BR/><BR/>Living in Greater Greensward with her mother, father, and sister, Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much. Chartreuse was first born, which means she will be both Queen and Green Witch. All Grassina is expected to do is to marry a prince. <BR/><BR/>When the King gives their mother a bouquet of flowers the family curse turns her into a nasty hag and also disperses of her Green Witch title. Now Greater Greensward has no Green Witch to protect them. <BR/><BR/>While doing a meaningless task for her mother, Grassina hears word of werewolves invading towns and nearing Greater Greensward. With no Green Witch, who will stop them? Its up to magicless Grassina, runaway Haywood, and a snake named Pippa to save the kingdom. <BR/><BR/>As a fan of THE TALES OF THE FROG PRINCESS, I thought this was a good prequel. The book reads smoothly and gives Grassina more personality than that which we already knew. If you read the books released before THE SALAMANDER SPELL you know the outcome, but nevertheless it's a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    A mazing

    At frist i was mad that it wasnt about emma and edric but it was a good storie no the less so it earned four stars-jing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Great prequel to a great book!

    Haywood and Grassina get a little crazy, but all in all it is an amazing book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    More to i just started it

    It okay. I like ones with Emma and Eadric

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Sorry.I'm busy.No cloud castle book right now.

    Sorry.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Being a fan of the Frog Princess books I really liked this book.

    Being a fan of the Frog Princess books I really liked this book. I liked the fact that you got to see the world through Grassina's eyes. I thought that it was interesting because you got to see what it was like for her growing up, how she met Haywood, and what it was like for her since she was very much like Emma. I think that this book might make a little more sense if you read the other Frog Princess books first, but it would be okay as a stand alone book as well. You should definitely read this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Its not about Edric or Emralda?

    Pooooo ill have to find out hehehehe

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Great n easy read...

    Enjoyef reading about grassina n olivene...nice to get the story of why they are the way they are. Very quick n enjoyable read. Love ed bakers books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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