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Editorial Reviews

The suspenseful and magical children’s story Murder at Midnight, narrated in clear and genial tones by Jeff Woodman, concerns a courageous 10-year-old servant boy, Fabrizio, who witnesses a plot to overthrow King Claudio in the Kingdom of Pergamontio in the year 1490.

Fabrizio’s kind master, Mangus the Magician, is framed as the traitor by the king’s court and slated for a midnight death. But Fabrizio knows Mangus is no traitor. The resourceful boy must solve the mystery and prove his master’s innocence before the clock strikes 12.

Publisher's Summary

In this prequel to Midnight Magic, a plot to overthrow King Claudio is brewing in the Kingdom of Pergamontio. Scholarly Mangus the magician - along with his street-smart and faithful new servant boy, Fabrizio - have been marked as easy scapegoats for the traitor lurking within the king's court. Together, these two unlikely partners must gather clues to solve the mystery and prove their innocence before the stroke of midnight...or face death!

Intricate plotting, surprise twists, and lively prose make for another suspenseful novel that stands alone or sets the stage for Midnight Magic.

©2009 Avi; (P)2010 Scholastic, Inc.

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