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A tale of Two Castles /

by Levine, Gail Carson.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Harper, c2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: 328 p. : map ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780061229657; 0061229652; 9780061229664 (lib. bdg.).Subject(s): Apprentices -- Juvenile fiction | Dragons -- Juvenile fiction | Reasoning -- Juvenile fiction | Kings and rulers -- Juvenile fiction | Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction | Mystery and detective stories | Fantasy | Chapter books | Mystery fiction | Fantasy fictionSummary: Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in hopes of studying acting but instead becomes apprentice to a dragon, who teaches her to be observant and use reasoning, thus helping her to uncover who is poisoning the king.
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<p>Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine weaves a spellbinding tale about a clever heroine, a dragon detective, and a shape-shifting ogre.</p> <p>Newly arrived in the town of Two Castles, Elodie unexpectedly becomes the assistant to a brilliant dragon named Meenore--and together, they begin to solve mysteries. </p> <p>Their most important case concerns the town's shape-shifting ogre, Count Jonty Um, who believes someone is plotting against him. Elodie must disguise herself to discover the source of the threat amid a cast of characters that includes a greedy king, a giddy princess, and a handsome cat trainer.</p> <p>Readers who loved Ella Enchanted and Fairest will delight in this tale of a spirited heroine who finds friendship where she least expects it and discovers that goodness comes in all shapes and sizes.</p>

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Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in hopes of studying acting but instead becomes apprentice to a dragon, who teaches her to be observant and use reasoning, thus helping her to uncover who is poisoning the king.

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Horn Book Review

Hoping to apprentice as an actor, Elodie travels from her rural home to the city of Two Castles. Her parents advise her to "stay clear of the crafty dragons and shape-shifting ogres" and "beware the whited sepulcher," but when she's robbed and then rejected as an actor, she apprentices herself to crafty dragon Meenore as a detective. Shape-shifting Count Jonty Um, a kindly ogre, is their first client. Elodie's sleuthing in the ogre's castle introduces her to many "whited sepulchers." But who is to be trusted and who isn't? -- what with a greedy King, the Princess Renn, a penniless third son of a miller with a too-clever-by-half cat, and various courtly folk. Elodie's powers of "inducing, deducing and using common sense" develop quickly as she finds stolen goods, escapes imprisonment, and identifies a poisoner. In theme and plot this story plays with "Puss in Boots" -- and in homage to that fairy tale's origins, perhaps, Levine slyly slips in French puns (Jonty Um: "gentil homme"; Princess Renn: "reine"). Levine's strength lies in her transparent language and the candid, uncomplicated voice of her narrator, who brings younger readers along with her as she questions assumptions, grows in friendship, works out the mystery, and makes brave escapes. deirdre f. baker (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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