Thursday, April 28, 2011

Of Mice and Magic

By David Farland

More than anything, Benjamin Ravenspell wants a pet. But when he buys a mouse named Amber, he gets more than he bargained for. No sooner does Ben take her home, than Amber turns him into a mouse too. You see, Amber has magical abilities, and it so happens that Ben is a familiar-a creature that stores magical energy. Together they each form half of a powerful wizard. Alone, they’re just vermin. Soon Ben and Amber will find themselves pitted in an epic battle against a magical enemy who is as crazed as he is evil, and the fate of the world will depend on them learning to work together.

I met David Farland at a booksigning a couple of years ago and he seemed like a really nice guy. It's taken me this long to read one of his books. This children's fiction book is really cute. I'd say it's geared towards 4-7 grades. Ben Ravenspell is 10 years old and has two unconventional parents- one who has a hygiene problem and the other who is a champion couch potato. Ben is a kind kid who just wants a pet of his own. He doesn't realize that the mouse he bought from the pet store is a wizardess until she turns him into a mouse too. This book is all about Ben's adventures with Amber the wizard mouse. Cute and fun for younger kids.

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