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Gr 4-6- In this sequel to Wind Tamer (Bloomsbury, 2006), 10-year-old Archie Stringweed is now an International Curse Exterminator (I.C.E.) and his services are needed when mysterious things start happening on the coast and in his hometown, Westervoe, Scotland. While fishing with his best mates, George and Sid, Archie hears an army marching underwater. He leans closer and sees two hypnotic eyes. Then everything goes black. Ruby, a new girl at school, claims to have seen a mermaid and that her father was killed by a cursed lion. Professor Himes at I.C.E. headquarters explains that defeating Huigor (the curse from the first book) left a black hole that is reactivating old curses and sending them toward Westervoe on a collision course. Only Archie, with the help of his curse-breaking artifacts, can stop them. The fantasy elements are original and fun, the British words and phrases will appeal to Harry Potter fans, and the final battle between the reactivated curses and Archie is exciting. His friends have more space and personality in this sequel, and Ruby adds a much-needed female character. The short chapters and quick plot pace will appeal to reluctant readers, particularly boys. The book's ending does not resolve every plotline; expect more sequels.-Samantha Larsen, West Jordan Public Library, UTCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.