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A summer by the seashore turns into a fantastical adventure for Tess and Max in this magical tale filled with excitement, acrobatics, hypnosis, and wonder.
Tess and Max are back in England for another summer with their Aunt Evie - this time by the seashore in South Devon. And they're incredibly excited about the travelling carnival that's come to town. There are rides, games, acrobats, The House of Mirrors - and even a psychic, with a beautiful wagon all her own.
In a visit to the psychic's wagon, while Tess is being hypnotized, the wagon seems to move. Before Tess can shake herself out of the hypnosis, before Max can do anything, they seem to be travelling - along with the rest of the carnival - too quickly for the two of them to jump out. But where are they going and what awaits them? Will they be caught in a world different from their own? And do the Baranova twins, acrobats who miss their sister almost as much as Tess and Max miss their family, hold the keys to the mystery?
Internationally bestselling author Amy Ephron returns with a companion novel to The Castle in the Mist and creates a magical tale filled with adventure, mystery, fantasy, family, and fun.
Praise for Carnival Magic:
"[Carnival Magic is] a softer otherworldly take on childhood mystery, reminiscent of classics like A Secret Garden...[it] is in itself an escape. Tess especially follows in that lineage of strong, intelligent female characters - a sort of Lucy Pevensie/Hermione Granger hybrid who is a leader, who believes in magic." (Teen Vogue)
"Amy Ephron has always been a magical storyteller.... In Carnival Magic, the companion book to Ephron’s successful The Castle in the Mist...Tess and Max are teaching children and their parents about the power of thoughtful decision-making, loyalty, and self-confidence. Life lessons and carnival rides . . . the perfect beach read for all ages." (Parade)
“Ephron renders this magical world with such assertive beauty that readers of all ages, who are fortunate enough to believe in the power of magic, will enjoy immersing themselves in the roller-coaster fun of these stories, and come to trust, even if for a short time, that in this ‘alternate universe’ it is possible for us to come together and ‘touch the sky.’” (Jewish Journal)
"Tess is a thoroughly modern heroine: She's athletic, impulsive, and fearless... The siblings are authentic children [and] the fantastic elements are the stuff of daydreams. Perfect for classroom read-alouds." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The short chapters filled with mystery and action will have readers eagerly continuing to discover the secrets that await them.... Fans of the first book will be eager for this fun middle-grade fantasy with a classic sensibility." (Booklist)
"The setting is contemporary - yet the language and tone feel distinctly nostalgic. This novel...will captivate readers who enjoy their whimsy with a dash of risk." (School Library Journal)