The mysterious Stalkers show up at almost the same instant 12-year-old Aiden Cain’s grandmother dies. Following his grandmother’s instructions, Aiden decides to seek out a powerful sorcerer at Melstone House. Yet when he arrives, he discovers the man died a year earlier. Melstone House now belongs to the sorcerer’s adult grandson Andrew, who agrees to help Aiden with the Stalker problem. But then other problems come up: a creepy neighbor is stealing power from the land, and magic is leaking between the realms. Dealing with these issues would be so much easier—if only Andrew could remember anything his grandfather taught him about magic. Fantasy legend Diana Wynne Jones, who has captivated young listeners for generations, delivers a compelling and humorous adventure. Steven Crossley’s narration captures the excitement and wonder as newly acquainted characters work together to prevent terrible consequences.
“Flashes of humor, realistic … dialogue and growing-up moments both painful and authentic create a convincing and poignant read.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Magic and Ordinary Life
- Gentle Reader Jill
I enjoyed the voice, characters and story very much and would like to revisit them another time.
Andrew visits Aidan's foster family and discovers that the story is more complicated than he had realized.
While I liked most of the characters, Andrew - a person of magical talents, but not seeking after power, with, instead, a sense of responsibility and a passion for history, definitely engaged my sympathies the most.
This is a delightful story - suitable for children and adults.
- Diane Sklensky