BETWEEN THE CRACKS by Joyce Wolf

BETWEEN THE CRACKS

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Bentley has been friends with Cal forever; now it seems that her old pal is under the spell of the wizard Mordicus, who wants Cal as his apprentice. Cal is all too willing; to save him, Bentley must fight her own skepticism about magic and also that of another friend whose help she enlists. She also has the assistance of Mordicus's raven, Klack, who turns out to be an even more ancient (but good) wizard, Dakin. Unscrambling the spell, they release Cal from his bonds in time to be apprenticed to Dakin, and Bentley learns that she has her own powerful magic. Meanwhile, her visiting uncle Rudy is able to aid an old colleague who's been mixed up in the same enchantment. In her first book, Wolf brings ancient rites into a contemporary setting; makes points about single parenthood and the value of a good vocabulary; and uses the supernatural to explore issues of friendship and loyalty. Most of the tricks and concoctions, however, are familiar; only readers who leave incredulity behind will be in any way moved by the events herein. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-8037-1270-7
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1992