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Tara Duncan and the Spellbinders

Tara Duncan and the Spellbinders

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by Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian, William Rodarmor

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Though only twelve years old, orphaned Tara has developed strange telekinetic powers that allow her to bend space and levitate others high above the ground, as if they are lighter than air. Her two best friends, Betty and Fabrice—often the victims of Tara’s uncontrollable abilities—are the only ones who know about Tara’s secret. Even her


Though only twelve years old, orphaned Tara has developed strange telekinetic powers that allow her to bend space and levitate others high above the ground, as if they are lighter than air. Her two best friends, Betty and Fabrice—often the victims of Tara’s uncontrollable abilities—are the only ones who know about Tara’s secret. Even her grandmother and caretaker, Isabella, doesn’t have a clue. That is until Tara learns that she is a spellweaver, descended from a long line of powerful magic-wielders born on the planet OtherWorld. Forced to flee her Earth home when Magister, the Master of the Bloodgraves, attacks, Tara escapes to planet Other- World, where she finds loyal friends and learns about her mysterious powers. But when Tara discovers that her mother is alive and being held captive by Magister, will she be able to save her? 

Tara Duncan is an inspiring heroine, whose adventures and personal struggles will captivate readers already hooked by fantasy adventures and characters like Harry Potter. This is the first installment of the Tara Duncan series—an epic adventure full of magic and bravery that is sure to cast a spell on young readers!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kelli Czarnecki
Twelve year-old Tara learned about her gift for telekinetic powers three years ago, even though her grandmother wanted to keep that information from her. Throughout this story, Tara learns that she is more powerful than she had ever imagined, and she spends a lot of time trying to control her magic. Her mother visits her in a dream where she is being held captive by the Magister. Tara sets out to rescue her mother, leaving Earth for planet OtherWorld with Deria to serve as her protector; Manitou, her great-grandfather, in the form of a dog; and Chem, a wizard. While in OtherWorld, Tara meets other friends, including Cal, Sparrow, and Fafnir, all with secrets of their own, who agree to help Tara. This book is the first in a series. The cover art, a hand drawing of a girl on a Pegasus, will likely not attract readers looking for the realistic and gritty fantasy they might be used to. These readers could miss out on this title's well-written characters who do not fall into stereotypical and predictable behavior. Young readers looking for a light fantasy read with slapstick humor will be interested in this book. Reviewer: Kelli Czarnecki
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Twelve-year old Tara'tylanhnem Duncan finds herself behaving oddly. When she is angry or afraid, she has tremendous power—she cannot control her gift that even she does not understand. But everything begins to become clear when her grandmother confirms that both she and Tara are Spellbinders. Grandma had promised Tara's dad to see that Tara led an ordinary life, but that life suddenly becomes impossible when Grandma's house is destroyed and she is placed under a spell. Tara must accept her gift and attend a special school for Spellbinders in OtherWorld. With her wizard teacher Chem and her new magical friends, Tara must fight against strong evil forces to free her grandmother and stop Bloodgraves from taking over both her world and OtherWorld. The number of characters and magical creatures may become confusing. However, a lexicon at the end of the book is quite helpful, as well as a description and history of OtherWorld. The exciting conclusion will leave the reader anticipating future books in the "Tara Duncan" series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Twelve-year-old Tara Duncan has hidden her telekinetic powers from all but a few select friends. After overhearing a mysterious conversation, she confronts her grandmother and learns that her guardian has been keeping her identity as a powerful spellbinder a secret. She also learns that her mother, whom she believed to be dead, is actually being held in a fortress on the magical planet of OtherWorld. Tara doesn't have long to dwell on this new information, as her house is attacked by the evil Bloodgrave leader and she is soon whisked away to the Living Castle of Travia for her own safety. She quickly makes friends and learns more about her powers, despite her hesitation to use her often-uncontrollable magic. It becomes clear that apprentices have been disappearing all over OtherWorld and she, too, seems to be a target. With her new friends at her side, Tara is determined to both rescue her mother and find out who has been kidnapping the young spellbinders. As the first title in a fantasy series, there is much to learn about spellbinders and OtherWorld. Unfortunately, the story is often hampered by awkward exposition in both the narrative and dialogue. Tara is likable, as are her friends, and though there are missed opportunities for development of her character, readers will admire her stubborn nature and her bravery.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
An adventurous preteen encounters inter-dimensional portals, magical powers and mysterious parentage in this overstuffed first book of a bestselling European fantasy series. When masked Bloodgrave wizards attack her grandmother's mansion, 12-year-old Tara'tylanhnem (Tara) Duncan enters a world of magic--or, rather, many worlds, connected by Portals and inhabited by various fantasy races. No longer safe on Earth, Tara seeks refuge and an education in OtherWorld, at the Living Castle of Travia, under the tutelage of the dragon-wizard Chem (short for Chemnashaovirodaintrachivu). Tara accepts her new circumstances calmly--aided by frequent exposition dumps--even when she learns the truth about her parents' disappearance and her grandmother's severity. Endowed with boundless if unpredictable powers, but fearful of harming her family, Tara cautiously studies magic with a motley crew of students. In less than a month, she makes friends, garners inexplicably hostile enemies, travels and uncovers more of her heritage. Unfortunately, the swift resolution of an absurd parade of life-threatening situations lowers the suspense, and the protagonist feels more a product of wish-fulfillment than character development. Perhaps an effect of translation, the language is awkward--it seesaws between formal and colloquial, quaint phrases like "I'll be darned" and "Good grief" abound, and rhyming magical spells sometimes have an uneven meter. However, the author's royal background (she is the crown princess of Armenia), her clear affection for high fantasy and her subtle sense of humor may keep readers engaged. High fantasy for middle-schoolers who just can't get enough of it. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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Meet the Author

HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian has been writing since the age of twelve. She holds a master’s in diplomacy and strategy and is married with two teenage daughters. Her Tara Duncan series is a bestseller in France.

WILLIAM RODARMOR is a veteran French literary translator, writer, and editor. His translation of Tamata and the Alliance, by Bernard Moitessier,
won the 1996 Lewis Galantière Award from the American Translators Association.

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Tara Duncan and the Spellbinders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
coolgal342 More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book that you cannot put down, no matter how hard you try. The suspense keeps you on your toes, while the comedy in the books balances out the seriousness that is so prevalent. The characters are enchanting, with their own mysterious backgrounds and secrets that you never expected. I got into Tara Duncan after seeing previews of the TV show on Boomerang Girls Rule! By the previews, I was intrigued by its setting and plot, and I started to watch the show. I fell in love with Cal and Tara, my favorite characters. I then looked up the book, and, seeing that it was written in French, I waited for the English translation. It was quite worth the wait, and I could not stop reading that book. I was quite excited to see Cal and Tara meet, since they are destined to be tog - sorry, spoilers! This book quickly became my favorite book. I recommend this book to everyone who loves adventure, romance, fantasy, and comedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I <3 this book so much. My fav characters r Tara and Cal. But i also like sparrow. Then i found out that they had a tv show and i couldnt stop watching it. If u like fantasy stories i so recomend this book and if ur a girl u should check out the dhow totally spies. Yhat show is soooooo good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the show
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though i didnt buy this book on my nook i got it from the library and whole heartly enjoyed it a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really exciting. You almost never know what might happen next. I read this book in five days. My only complaint is that out of the nine volume series only two of them are translated and on NOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tara is sooo cool and nice but one thing haventread the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just cant believe tara duncan is a book ! Ive watched all the animated series ive checked for fanfictions ( although there are inly three) all this think needs is a doujinshi.... and i think i got that covered heh..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago