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Curse of the Dream Witch

by Allan Stratton

Scholastic Canada Ltd | September 1, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Curse of the Dream Witch is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
An exhilarating fairytale adventure from the author of the Governor General''s Award nominated The Grave Robber''s Apprentice.

The Dream Witch haunts the forest beyond the kingdom of Bellumen, waiting to collect on a horrible debt owed by the king and queen — the heart of their only daughter, Princess Olivia. Until she has it, none of the kingdom''s children are safe.

As Olivia''s thirteenth birthday approaches and the witch''s deadline draws near, her desperate mother seeks help from Prince Leo of neighbouring Pretonia. But the treacherous prince seizes their castle instead, determined to marry Olivia and take over the kingdom.

So Olivia makes a daring escape from the castle, two friends by her side: the peasant boy Milo and a curious talking mouse with a surprising past. Together, the friends face certain danger and fantastical adversaries to save their families and rescue a kingdom.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 280 pages, 7.63 × 5.23 × 0.7 in

Published: September 1, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443119377

ISBN - 13: 9781443119375

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced dark fairy tale The Good Stuff Once again Stratton delivers a totally delightfully dark, fast paced story that readers both young and old will thoroughly enjoy. Fast paced - even the most reluctant reader will eat this up (ok and I couldn`t put it down either, I read it in one day) Good for both male and female readers Fun fairytale setting with a strong Princess who is willing to sacrifice herself and do what is right. There are talking animals, nasty princes, a creepy witch and magic, what is not to like Lots of twists and turns and at times you are not sure that Olivia or Milo are going to survive Lots of despicable bad guys to cheer against Lots of well meaning involved parents (although seriously, come on King and Queen - you never, ever, EVER ask a dark witch for something - you should know by now that this never works out in your favor) Love the mouse! Some nice dark humour Kids save the day Good messages about bravery, friendship, family, growing up, forgiveness and not done in that preachy way that irritates both children and me Plenty of dark magic and gross stuff - don`t want to spoil anything but love how the children are stored (Read it, you will understand) Fabulous cover The Not So Good Stuff Not as much character development as in The Graverobbers Apprentice, but that may work better for the reluctant reader Favorite Quotes/Passages `Why do you lie to me ? To shut me up ? To make me feel better ? Well, I don`t feel better and I won`t shut up.`` ``That`s another thing. What kind of name is Penelope ? ``It`s no worse than Ephemia.`` `That depends which century you grew up,`` the wizard sniffed.`` `Courage isn`t feeling brave. It`s fighting fear.`` 5 Dewey`s I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys for once again sending me something truly delightful that I cannot wait to share with my kids, co-workers and customers
Date published: 2013-09-17

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Curse of the Dream Witch

by Allan Stratton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 280 pages, 7.63 × 5.23 × 0.7 in

Published: September 1, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443119377

ISBN - 13: 9781443119375

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From Curse of the Dream Witch:

On the other side of the staircase wall, she could hear the life of the castle. It seemed to come from far away, like what she''d heard when she was little and stuck her head in the courtyard rain barrel. She tried to hear and not hear at the same time — eager and afraid to know what was happening. The clomping on the stairs, the rumble of voices — what were they about? Had Leo found her missing? Was there news about her parents?

Ephemia read her mind. "What''s happening there is happening there. Keep your mind on the here and now, or you''ll tumble down and have nothing to think about ever."

Olivia concentrated hard. One step at a time. One step at a time. Before she knew it, what had seemed impossible had become real. She''d reached a dingy alcove above two squat pillars, eight feet from the dungeon floor.

Olivia shivered. Before she''d been locked away, she''d played hide-and-seek in the cells with the servants'' children. One day, she''d nearly tripped into an open well. Her parents were horrified. They said she''d have disappeared into the underground river that ran beneath the castle.

Ephemia saw Olivia''s hesitation. "There''s only one way down."

Olivia said a prayer, hung from the alcove, and dropped into the dungeon.

From the Publisher

An exhilarating fairytale adventure from the author of the Governor General''s Award nominated The Grave Robber''s Apprentice.

The Dream Witch haunts the forest beyond the kingdom of Bellumen, waiting to collect on a horrible debt owed by the king and queen — the heart of their only daughter, Princess Olivia. Until she has it, none of the kingdom''s children are safe.

As Olivia''s thirteenth birthday approaches and the witch''s deadline draws near, her desperate mother seeks help from Prince Leo of neighbouring Pretonia. But the treacherous prince seizes their castle instead, determined to marry Olivia and take over the kingdom.

So Olivia makes a daring escape from the castle, two friends by her side: the peasant boy Milo and a curious talking mouse with a surprising past. Together, the friends face certain danger and fantastical adversaries to save their families and rescue a kingdom.

About the Author

ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of Chanda''s Secrets, a Michael L. Printz Honour Book. The film adaptation, Life, Above All, went on to win the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. His most recent novel, The Grave Robber''s Apprentice, was nominated for the Governor General''s Literary Award. Allan lives in Toronto, Ontario with his partner, four cats, and numerous fish. Visit him online at www.allanstratton.com.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Grave Robber''s Apprentice:

Shortlist, Governor General''s Literary Award, 2012
Honour Book, CLA Book of the Year for Children, 2012
Nominee, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2013
Nominee, OLA Silver Birch Award, 2013
OLA Best Bets, 2012
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2012

"A rollicking and enchanting fairy tale for the 21st century." —Kenneth Oppel, author of Half Brother and the Silverwing Saga

*"Arch, winning fantasy. The Grave Robber''s Apprentice is funny, imaginative, just thrilling enough, and doesn''t take itself too seriously." —Quill & Quire, starred review

"A classic adventure story . . . This clever tale hits all the right notes." —Publishers Weekly

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