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by Julie Berry

Age Range: 9 - 14

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59990-334-7
Publisher: Bloomsbury

A lively, quick, stylish, engaging first novel with some lovely, familiar fairy-tale elements. Lucinda lives with her uncle and step-aunt, her parents having been killed horribly in a coach accident after a royal ball. Her aunt is downright vicious, and when her uncle dies, Lucinda is on her own. Beryl, an otherworldly customer of her uncle’s jewel shop, leads her to the house that belonged to her parents. She needs to return the large, pale jewel Beryl had brought to be set, but finds it missing from her pocket. Beryl, the jewel, an outrageous young pickpocket known all too well to the prince of the kingdom and all the wild threads that connect them to one other and to Lucinda’s parents and past will enthrall young readers—who probably won’t care that some of the magic is a little wobbly or that the elysian flower of the title comes from Milton. There’s also a goat named Dog, who figures mightily in the action and may or may not have a few magicks himself. (Fantasy. 9-14)