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Wilce, Ysabeau S. Flora Segunda; being the magickal mishaps of a girl of spirit, her glass-gazing sidekick, two ominous butlers (one blue), a house with eleven thousand rooms, and a red dog.

WILCE, Ysabeau S. Flora Segunda; being the magickal mishaps of a girl of spirit, her glass-gazing sidekick, two ominous butlers (one blue), a house with eleven thousand rooms, and a red dog. Harcourt, Magic Carpet. 438p. c2007 978-0-15-205439-7. $7.95. J *

To quote the review of the audiobook in KLIATT, September 2007: The subtitle to this book is an accurate description of its fantastic nature. But it is an even better coming-of-age novel. On the cusp of her 14th birthday, the eve of adulthood on Califa, Flora is fighting for her existence. Good deeds do not go unpunished and Flora learns that firsthand when she tries to help their banished butler, only to discover he is sucking away her very life. She has to find a way to restore herself, preferably before her mother, the General, gets home. Wilce has teenage boredom down pat and excels in teenage melodramatics. She makes it easy to suspend disbelief because she makes Flora sound ordinary even while the story is extraordinary. Jodi Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students

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Author:Israel, Jodi
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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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