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I expected a book about a girl living in a big magical house with magical servants, wandering through charmed rooms - but the story is much more complicated, interesting and unique than that. The story has dark streaks (alcoholic/neglectful parents, addiction and hunger)embedded in a lush story that frequently brought forth the idea of jungle for me. There is, of course, magic of the conventional, spell-casting kind, but the story itself is a sort of magic. The only reason this gets 4 instead of 5 stars is that it all ties together a bit tidily for me - but it is, after all, a children's book.
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When your house has 11,000 rooms it seems utterly unfair that you are sleeping in a broom closet. Even a very nice, cozy broom closet. However, with the butler banished Flora's house is not in the best of shape. The potty disappears sometimes, the front door won't open, and the elevator once kidnapped her father for a week. Nevertheless, when she is running late to return a library book she dares the elevator. The elevator kidnapps her too and takes her to the library where she meets the banished butler. Before she knows it she is forging signatures, planning daring rescues, and sneaking into abandoned houses to steal words of power. She has a limited amount of time to rescue herself and her butler all before her mother gets home. And in the middle of all of this she has to get a dress made and invitations sent out for her birtday party!
I really really wish the second installment, Flora's Dare, had been put out on audio!
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