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The Merlin conspiracy
Diana Wynne Jones
Teen Fiction JONES

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Whimsy, invention and the chilling sense of a world (multiple worlds, actually) gone topsy-turvy characterize this grandly outsize fantasy from Jones (Year of the Griffin). In an alternate England, where the king maintains the magic of the realm by constantly traveling the land, teenage Roddy and her best friend-cum-protg, the younger boy Grundo, have spent their lives as part of the peripatetic Court. When Roddy and Grundo stumble on a fiendish plot to take control of all their world's magic, they realize that they must put a stop to it-even though one of the would-be usurpers is Grundo's own mother. Meanwhile, here on our own version of Earth, Nick (aka Nichothodes Koryfoides, whom Jones's fans may already know from her adult fantasy A Sudden Wild Magic) is tipped into yet another alternate world and begins a journey that eventually lands him right in the middle of Roddy and Grundo's struggle. Cities personified (imagine Old Sarum as a walking, talking and somewhat grumpy old man), hordes of smuggled salamanders and a pair of astonishingly bratty twin sisters (in response to their rude behavior, their mother gushes, "Aren't they a caution?") are just a few of the delights to be found here. Ensorcelled by this exuberant tale and Jones's unmistakable wit, readers may find themselves echoing Nick's off-the-cuff literary critique: "By the time I'd read two pages, I was so longing to get to this other world that it was like sheets of flame flaring through me." Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Arianrhod "Roddy" Hyde
Daughter of two court wizards; travels with her family in a constant journey around the kingdom; uncovers a plot involving her best friend's mother and the magical governor to take over the throne; casts a spell for help from someone from another world.

Nick Mallory
Age: 14
Developing his magical powers; dreams of becoming a powerful Magid, a magician who travels to other worlds helping people; answers Roddy's spell for help.

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