Monday, June 02, 2008

Mock Printz:Bewitching Season

Title: Bewitching Season
Author: Marissa Doyle
Publisher: Holt, 2008
Starred Reviews:Booklist, Kirkus
This historical fiction taking place in 1837 London involves twin sisters who are about to make their debut with the queen. Just when they arrive in London for the beginning of the social season, their governess is kidnapped. Add to this mystery that the girls have magical powers and the kidnapped governess is their magical mentor. As the twins become the toast of the town and fall in and out of love, their suitors, families, the governess' family all become enmeshed with a plot to overthrow a young Princess Victoria. The book is fun with good characters you care about and a storyline that crosses genres. Unfortunately, the book got a bit overlong for me and I wish she had a better editor. The end leaves it obvious that a sequel is following. Even though it has gotten two stars and I did like it, I would not consider it a top contender for the Printz.

Susan Rappaport, Rutherford Public Library

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