Pure Dead Magic
Ages 10 and up
Random House, 2001, 0-440-41849-6
For practically everyone who lives there life at StregaSchloss is definitely pretty miserable these days. Signor Strega-Borgia walked out on the family some weeks ago and of course his wife, Signora Strega-Borgia and her three children Titus, Pandora, and Damp, miss him dreadfully. Signora Strega-Borgia is determined to finish her education at the Advanced Witchcraft Institute so she is trying to find a suitable nanny to take care of the household and the children. This is not an easy matter however for the children are quite a handful and most nannies cannot abide living in a house that has a pet yeti, a pet dragon, a pet griffin, and a large crocodile living in the moat. There also happens to be a great, great, great, great grandmother asleep in a deep freeze in the dungeons.
Luckily Mrs. Flora McLachlan arrives on the scene and in spite of themselves Pandora and Titus cannot help liking her. Damp quickly comes to adore the nanny who secretly - and luckily for the Strega-Borgias – has some skill in the magic making department.
Meanwhile Signor Luciano Strega-Borgia is being held captive by his evil Mafioso half brother who is determined to get Luciano to sign away Titus’ inheritance in favor of the mob king.
What with rats and babies being accidentally sent out onto the Internet via email, spells that go wrong, assassins trying to kill off the Strega-Borgia family, and much more, life is far from boring at the StregaSchloss.
This deliciously ridiculous and delightfully funny book will have readers of all ages glued - chuckling all the while - to their chairs until the highly satisfactory ending is reached. A clever play on words, plenty of “gross” action, magical creatures, high tech accidents, and one disaster after another make this novel highly entertaining.
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