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The baron's headstrong daughter Pauline's rescue from Castle Cant by her heroic half-sister Lucy was just the beginning of the madcap adventure launched in The Secret of Castle Cant, K.P. Bath's acclaimed debut novel. Now hungry and homeless, they are left to fend for themselves in the war-torn Barony, which is full of danger and bounty hunters. Can the girls escape to the Outlands to fight the corrupt gum trade that claimed their father's life?
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Kevin P. Bath received his MFA from the University of Alabama and made his book-length debut with THE SECRET OF CASTLE CANT. His fiction for adults has appeared in Puerto del Sol, The Green Mountains Review, Epoch, and Gulf Coast. His story "The Home Front" was a notable story of the year in Best American Short Stories of the Year 2001, and his story "Algae Eaters" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Leah Palmer Preiss, the illustrator, has worked on numerous books for children. Her work has appeared in many annuals and exhibits, including Society of Illustrators, Print, Spectrum, Visual Club, and RSVP competitions. She exhibits her paintings worldwide.
Grade 6-9–As this sequel to The Secret of Castle Cant (Little, Brown, 2004) opens, Lucy Wickwright and her half sister, Pauline von Cant, are seeking refuge from the two men who want to be their regents and are involving the Barony of Cant in a civil war. Before she learned of her parentage and heritage, Lucy served as Pauline's maid, and the two girls are best friends and loyal only to each other. Helped by a small group of friends, they attempt to travel unobserved through the country as they learn a variety of secrets related to their past and the Barony's economy. A confusion of plots, schemes, disguises, and escapes follows as the girls try to sabotage the gum trade that lies behind the revolution and claim rule in their own right. Wordplay, a lively narrative voice, absurd situations, and exaggerated characters add humor to the story. Unfortunately, it fails to progress over the course of the novel, leaving the characters more knowledgeable but still on the run at the predictable conclusion. Fans of the first book will enjoy reading more about Pauline, Lucy, and their friends, but they'll be left waiting for more. The focus on illegitimacy and the questionable parentage of both girls adds an edge of maturity to the otherwise innocent fun.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0316154369
Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007. Condition: New. Leah Palmer Preiss (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0316154369