Wild Magic [NOOK Book]

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When the Pied Piper enchanted the children of Hamelin and led them away, Mari and her brother, Jakob, followed his song. Now they are trapped in a beautiful but cruel world inhabited by a horrid Beast. Finding a way to escape will require some wild magic, in this powerful story of a family torn apart by tragedy, and the magical adventure that heals them.
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Overview


When the Pied Piper enchanted the children of Hamelin and led them away, Mari and her brother, Jakob, followed his song. Now they are trapped in a beautiful but cruel world inhabited by a horrid Beast. Finding a way to escape will require some wild magic, in this powerful story of a family torn apart by tragedy, and the magical adventure that heals them.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Weatherill uses events and characters from Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" in this novel that begins with the mesmerizing Piper leading the town's children away. They follow him through a magical door that opens to a place inside Hamelin Hill. Right away, their excited giddiness turns to panic and fear. They're trapped. "When the door closed, summer had been left behind. In here it was winter." For the first 50 or so pages, the main character is a girl named Marianna, whose disabled brother, Jakob, can't keep up with the others and becomes, at least briefly, the only Hamelin child not trapped inside the Hill. Then, the story shifts to tell the backstory of the Piper. Readers learn that he is half human, half elf, and has been cursed to turn into a beast whenever the moon is full. His salvation can only come from a child with special powers in a town overrun by rats. Classic fantasy themes like loyalty, transformation, and sacrifice are part of this interesting book. Especially intriguing are the scenes of Marianna changing into a fox and experiencing the world as a wild animal. But the plot suffers from multiple points of view-from Marianna to the Piper, and then on to Jakob and even Marianna and Jakob's father-that aren't done in an integrated way, giving an overall disjointed feel. Buy if you have an avid fantasy following and/or a large collection.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Kirkus Reviews
After five sparkling initial chapters, this Pied Piper retelling takes a sudden dive in quality and seems to switch genres. The opening scene features blissfully enchanted children dancing through Hamelin, trailing the Pied Piper away from their town forever. He leads them under Hamelin Hill and out the other side into Elvendale, an idyllic landscape of lush meadows and cozy farms, populated by "tall, handsome people . . . with long, flowing hair, bright eyes, and a stealthy, catlike grace to their movements." The Piper is such an elf, but cursed for centuries for killing a stag in a forbidden forest: Each full moon, he bleeds afresh from a long-healed thigh wound and morphs into a bloodthirsty Beast. He steals Hamelin's children in the hopes of passing his curse along to an unknown special child with elven powers-Marianne or crippled brother Jakob, who are unknowingly half-elf. Weatherill's prose is warm and appealing on the Pied Piper arc, but her elven magic and curses vary between cliched and too random, rendering the overall piece forgettable. A shame. (Fantasy. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802722553
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 973,677
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

CAT WEATHERILL is a performance storyteller, appearing internationally at storytelling and literature festivals, on British radio and television, and at schools throughout the United Kingdom. She lives in Wales. catweatherill.co.uk
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