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Secondhand Charm

Secondhand Charm

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by Julie Gardner Berry
     
 

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In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy's charms--no more than trinkets when worn by others--are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's apprentice. But Evie wants

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In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy's charms--no more than trinkets when worn by others--are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's apprentice. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king's carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .

Berry's debut novel garnered glowing reviews and strong sales--and now she's done it again with a beautifully woven tale to keep all readers, young and old, absolutely charmed.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Young Evelyn Pomeroy is an ordinary village girl who dreams of being a doctor. She is thrilled when the king plans a visit to her small village and awards her a scholarship to the kingdom's university. While traveling to the university, Evie's carriage is hijacked by an armed highwayman. Her journey is further complicated when the ship she is sailing on gets marooned. Amazingly, she and all the others onboard survive the wreck, and it is during this catastrophe that she discovers her leviathan. Evelyn is a serpentina; a female with magical abilities, special healing powers, and her own size-shifting sea serpent known as a leviathan. Once she arrives at the university, Evelyn meets Princess Annalise who reveals that she, too, is a serpentina. Annalise befriends Evelyn and promises to share her secret knowledge of a serpentina's longevity, love, wealth, and beauty. Evelyn needs to decide what she really wants and who she can really trust in this intriguing and fantastical story. Does she want power and prestige or should she follow her heart and learn how to use her abilities to humbly help others? Deceit and distrust are revealed as the excitement builds in this well-written novel that will keep readers anxious to learn what will happen next. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Berry's latest fantasy novel is laced with romance, intrigue, and adventure. Evie Pomeroy, 16, lives in the small village of Maundley with her grandfather. Her parents, both physicians, died during an influenza epidemic when she was just a baby. Evie herself is the village healer, all of her knowledge gleaned from her parents' old medical textbooks. When she is offered a scholarship to attend the university, she eagerly accepts. But the journey to Chalcedon is fraught with danger both on land and at sea. Along the way, new friends are made and astonishing secrets are revealed about Evie's heritage and special powers. And this is just the beginning.... Evie is a likable heroine who will capture readers' imagination. The secondary characters, though not as developed, provide the protagonist with suitable, and sometimes surprising, enemies and allies. The many plot elements are deftly woven together into a novel sure to please fans of Berry's Amaranth Enchantment (Bloomsbury, 2009).—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews
Berry's romantic fantasy teems with action, suspense and a bit of boy-next-door romance. In her small village in the fictional Kingdom of Pylander, Evie Pomeroy enjoys a reputation as a healer. She longs to travel beyond her village and eventually become a physician. While the dashing King Leopold III is visiting the village, Evie saves the life of his chancellor of the exchequer and is rewarded with a full scholarship to the University. Most of the plot centers on Evie's mishaps while traveling to the royal city and her role in thwarting a plot to assassinate the king. The story's main appeal is the discovery that she is a serpentina, endowed with both healing powers and a magical protector called a leviathan, a sea-serpent–like creature that can alter its size and speak with her telepathically. Evie's companion throughout is the handsome journeyman stonemason Aidan, whose interest in her will become more than friendship. A cast of strong secondary characters rounds out this mix of humor, light romance and mystery. An entertaining read—guaranteed. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599905112
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,050,983
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

JULIE BERRY grew up in western New York. She holds a BS in communications from Rensselaer and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons. The Amaranth Enchantment was her first book.
www.julieberrybooks.com

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