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The Midnight Gate

Spellbinder

Helen Stringer

Feiwel & Friends

It’s been two months since Belladonna Johnson discovered she was the Spellbinder, and she’s full of questions about her powers. When a ghost finds Belladonna and her classmate, Steve, and gives them a mysterious map, the friends don’t know if they should be looking for or hiding from the one person who holds the answers to Belladonna’s powers: the Queen of the Abyss. Throw into the mix that Belladonna’s parents, who are ghosts, have disappeared and that her brand-new and maybe even sinister foster family seems to know more than they’ll let on, and you have a sequel made of high adventure and intrigue, seasoned with affecting characters and topped with a dollop of wit.

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The Visitor


“MR. EVANS!”
No answer.
“Mr. Evans!”
Belladonna sneaked a look over her shoulder to the back of the classroom where Steve and his friends usually clustered. He was far away, gazing out of the window and down at the football field below. The cloud-cloaked sun was low in the sky, throwing the trees at the end of the field into stark relief and making the frost on the grass sparkle.
“Am I talking to myself?” Madame Huggins suddenly had that dangerous sarcasm in her voice, the tone that generally went before a detention,
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Praise for The Midnight Gate

Praise for SPELLBINDER:
“Wry wit and derring-do add up to a great read.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Stringer debuts with an adventurous, darkly humorous ghost story. …Stringer's ability to build a strong sense of mystery, entwined with Western mythology, will pull readers through to the end. Those who like unusual ghost stories without the usual horror will enjoy this book.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Stringer maintains the humor and logic of preteens who are awkwardly coming into their magical destinies, which makes for an amusing first novel.”—School Library Journal

“Readers will fear for and cheer for Belladonna Johnson, the hero of this brilliant has-it-all novel, as she tries to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of the world’s ghosts. One of the year’s best.”—Cookie magazine
 
“Stringer’s charming ghost story defies classification. …A fast-paced plot and intricate world pull the reader along, but it’s Bella’s love for her parents and her need to keep them with her that linger”—Booklist
 
“This charming debut novel blends classic British fantasy with figures usually reserved for horror stories to create a compelling fantasy adventure romp which will appeal to middle grades readers. …this book is sure to hook readers and leave them waiting for what must certainly be a sequel, if not a whole series”— VOYA
Praise for SPELLBINDER:
“Wry wit and derring-do add up to a great read.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Stringer debuts with an adventurous, darkly humorous ghost story. …Stringer's ability to build a strong sense of mystery, entwined with Western mythology, will pull readers through to the end. Those who like unusual ghost stories without the usual horror will enjoy this book.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Stringer maintains the humor and logic of preteens who are awkwardly coming into their magical destinies, which makes for an amusing first novel.”—School Library Journal

“Readers will fear for and cheer for Belladonna Johnson, the hero of this brilliant has-it-all novel, as she tries to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of the world’s ghosts. One of the year’s best.”—Cookie magazine
 
“Stringer’s charming ghost story defies classification. …A fast-paced plot and intricate world pull the reader along, but it’s Bella’s love for her parents and her need to keep them with her that linger”—Booklist
 
“This charming debut novel blends classic British fantasy with figures usually reserved for horror stories to create a compelling fantasy adventure romp which will appeal to middle grades readers. …this book is sure to hook readers and leave them waiting for what must certainly be a sequel, if not a whole series”— VOYA

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The Midnight Gate

Spellbinder

Helen Stringer

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