Books by Sophie Blackall

RESPECT YOUR GHOSTS by John Bemelmans Marciano
Released: April 18, 2017

"A droll picture of life yesteryear in a—seemingly—ordinary Italian town. (map, cultural note) (Historical fantasy. 8-10)"
Nine-year-old Sergio may not be the brightest bulb in town, but he shines after helping to settle a 137-year-old feud between two ghosts in Marciano's latest visit to Benevento. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Subtitle notwithstanding, crafted more to amuse than edify. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This embellished tale is loosely based on a true event: the first international balloon flight, from England to France, in 1785. Read full book review >
BEWARE THE CLOPPER! by John Bemelmans Marciano
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The tongue-in-cheek tale goes on, with enticing hints of adventures and revelations to come. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
In a third episode set in the (supposedly) witch-ridden Italian town, curious Maria Beppina makes a startling discovery when she stops running from the scary "Clopper." Read full book review >
MISCHIEF SEASON by John Bemelmans Marciano
Released: April 12, 2016

"Witches never actually step into sight, but their offstage presence adds shivery hints of danger to this lightweight opener. (town map) (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Of all the magical residents in an Italian town long renowned for its various sorts of witches, the mischievous Janara may be the most mysterious—and troublesome. Read full book review >
THE ALL-POWERFUL RING by John Bemelmans Marciano
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fresh and pleasing Continental sojourn for chapter-book readers. (map, historical note) (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Primo is sure that the gold ring he finds in a fish's stomach must have magical powers. But what are they? Read full book review >
FINDING WINNIE by Lindsay Mattick
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Beautiful but bifurcated, with the two stories in one making it a challenge to determine the audience. (photo album) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A mother tells a true bedtime story about the bear that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh's name. Read full book review >
A FINE DESSERT by Emily Jenkins
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"There is no other word but delicious. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Blackberry fool is a fine dessert indeed, and people have been making it for centuries. Read full book review >