Maewyn Bridgepost, the tiniest Hapenny, a race of little people, spends her days, from breakfast to midnight nibble, scrubbing the hearth, slopping the pigs, and cooking for her guardian, Gelbane, who never spares a kind word. As if life as a servant isn't bad enough, Mae learns that Gelbane is a troll and Hapennies are a troll delicacy.
Years ago, a spell trapped Gelbane in Mae's village. Ever since, Gelbane has been chiseling away the magic protections and now Mae's home is destined to become a smorgasbord for half-starved trolls.
When her best friend, Leif, goes missing, it will take all of Mae's courage to friend her friend and protect her village.
When pitchforks, sewing needles, pots, brooms and a little magick are the only weapons at hand, the hapennies discover that great victories can be accomplished no matter what size you are, but only if you stick together.
|Publisher:||Spencer Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Jennifer Carson grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and renaissance faires. Currently she is a mom, wife, author, designer and artist. She holds a Bachelor's in Creative Writing and has published both fiction and nonfiction books and articles.
Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four boys and many furred and feathered friends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite Now and again, one of those stories for children (who are relatively new readers seeking a “chapter book”) comes along that is truly worthy of attention. Hapenny Magick by Jennifer Carson is just such a story. From the lovely cover art and internal pictures to the storyline itself, this journey is sure to please young readers. In it we meet Mae, a “hapenny,” or little person. Mae’s mother, now missing, left Mae with only an old (magic!) flute and a pendant. Left in the care of a guardian, Gelbane, a screeching, domineering woman (troll?), Mae is forced to work hard on Gelbane’s little pig farm. When strange things start happening, Mae leaves the pigs to follow a talking bird through the woods and to the home of the wizard, Callum. Although he and Aletta, another wizard, try to help Mae, she returns to Gelbane’s farm in the hopes that her mother will return there one day. But magick intrudes on the little village, and eventually Mae returns to the wizard's home. Then, with their help, she and the other hapennies are faced with a battle to free themselves from the trolls who seek to take over the village and to eat them. Hapenny Magick met all the requirements I would have for recommending a story to young readers. It is creative, fun, interesting, and a story with which young readers are bound to identify. From a parent’s perspective, it offers even more: well-written prose and dialog, colorful word pictures (in addition to the interesting illustrations), and it is grammatically sound. While this may not be a serious issue for some, it is for me. It seems we spend a great deal of time trying to teach young children proper grammar, sentence structure, use of tense, and the like, then send them off to read stories that do not fit those criteria. Indeed, over the years, I did not recommend some (very) well-known stories to my children because I did not think they satisfactorily met these requirements. Parents need have no fear with Hapenny Magick. Moreover, they may recommend a story that provides children with some important life lessons, such as that the absence of a physical conflict is not the same as “peace,” and that working together can bring about the great results that one working alone may be unable to accomplish.
Wonderful, sweet story suitable for kids of all ages.