Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Frederick is the kind of kid who likes to know how to do things, and he is eager to learn from everyone around him. At the orphanage, he pays close attention in the kitchen, learning about cooking, sharpening knives, and even tying knots. He has an encounter with a strange little man who lives at the orphanage, a mischievous brownie named Billy Bly, and when Frederick leaves the orphanage the creature follows him, creating a sticky situation for Frederick when the wizard discovers his presence.
I just loved this book, with the historical background and details, and the glimpses of Lord and Lady Schofield along the way. It's funny and sweet, a magical coming-of-age story with a little mystery thrown in, and I do hope we'll be seeing more of Frederick in the future.
Books in the Sorcery and Cecelia series, co-written with Patricia C. Wrede:
1. Sorcery & Cecelia
2. The Grand Tour
3. The Mislaid Magician
Magic Below Stairs (companion book to the Sorcery and Cecelia series) by Caroline Stevermer (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2010)