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Bewitching Season

Marissa Doyle

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. And certainly not careers in magic. At least, most of them didn’t.

Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband. But right as the inevitable season for "coming out" is about to begin, Persy and her twin sister discover that their governess in magic has been kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of the soon-to-be Queen Victoria. Racing through Mayfair ballrooms and royal palaces, the sisters overcome bad millinery, shady royal spinsters, and a mysterious Irish wizard. And along the way, Persy learns that husband hunting isn’t such an odious task after all, if you can find the right quarry.
 
Bewitching Season is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Bewitching Season
1APRIL 1837--MAGE'S TUTTEROW, HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND 
My God, Persy, you killed him!""I did not!" the Honorable Persephone Leland snapped back at her twin sister, Penelope, who was perched on the battered schoolroom table. She rubbed her damp palms on her apron--they still tingled, the way they usually did after she'd cast a spell--and looked anxiously at her little brother, sprawled pale and motionless on the faded Turkish carpet in front of her. What would she say to Mama? "I seem to have killed Charles during lessons this morning" would probably not go over well as a
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* "This wonderfully crafted debut novel braids several very different storylines into an utterly satisfying whole." - Booklist, starred review
 
"Fans of historical mysteries will find this a page-turner." - Kirkus
 
"A romp." - Kliatt
 
"A good book to pick for several hours of enjoyable escape." - Voya
 
 

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Bewitching Season

Marissa Doyle

Kansas State Reading Circle, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Masterlist, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
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