Books by Helen Stringer

THE MIDNIGHT GATE by Helen Stringer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

Continuing where Spellbinder (2009) left off, Belladonna, and her Paladin, Steve Evans, are stuck in regular school now after all their adventures. There's still the ghost Elsie for entertainment, but life seems somewhat dull after saving the world. When given a parchment by the apparition of a monk at a monastery with clues about a threat to all mankind, the games begin for the duo again. As before, the matter-of-fact tone and world-weary attitude contrast nicely with the evil and other-worldly forces. In a narrative full of words with capital letters, Belladonna and Steve must unravel the clues, battle against the return of the Dark Times and go to the House of Ashes and find the Queen of the Abyss for help. It's All a Bit Much. Belladonna is placed with a suspect foster family when her ghost parents disappear along with her live grandmother. Steve's mum has vanished since the close of the first book, but Steve seems unconcerned. There's a lively struggle to save the world on the eve of the Day of the Crows, though, when spaces between the Nine Worlds are closest together and it takes Words of Power to succeed. Best reserve this one for those enamored of the series opener and fans of British-flavored fantasy. (Fantasy. 9-13)Read full book review >
SPELLBINDER by Helen Stringer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Poor Belladonna. It's so embarrassing when she talks to the ghosts that no one else can see—everyone thinks she's nuts. Since her parents died in a car accident, they've been hanging out at home, which is both comforting and disconcerting at the same time. Worse, however, is when they disappear in a flash one day. Belladonna knows she has to do something—but what? The pursuit of the dark side takes off when Belladonna accidentally touches disruptive and smart Steve Evans at school while confronted by the ghostly Elsie. Suddenly Steve can see what she sees, and the intriguing clues that have been steadily arriving at unexplained moments send the duo into the Land of the Dead in search of the Spellbinder. When they're dismissed by the adults who seem to know something, it is, of course, up to Steve and Belladonna to find the answers and solve everything. The disarmingly matter-of-fact tone contrasts with the genuinely scary apparitions and dangers they confront. Wry wit and derring-do add up to a great read. (Fantasy. 9-12) Read full book review >