Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;You never know when magic will hatch....andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Poor Theodora Oglethorpe! Her biologist father has gone off to explore the jungles of Laos without her, her best friends are away on vacation, and a long, hot, lonely Boston summer is all she has to look forward to. andlt;BRandgt; Poor Gideon! Wycca, his pet wyvern, has disappeared through a magic hole in time in search of a place to lay her egg. Kobold, Gideon's wizard rival, wants nothing more than to get his hands on Wycca. In a desperate attempt to rescue Wycca from Kobold's evil clutches, Gideon follows her through the magic holeand#352;and finds himself transported from thirteenth-century England to the terrifyingly modern world of Boston, Massachusetts, in the twenty-first century. andlt;BRandgt; Soon Theodora's involved with a chocoholic baby wyvern, a mysterious wyvern playing card, a couple of desperate wizards -- and the summer vacation of her life!
"Downer (The Spellkey) fashions a witty fantasy from several plot lines that come together into a satisfying denouement. Wycca, a pregnant wyvern belonging to a wizard named Gideon, falls through a 'bolt-hole' ('a kind of magical rabbit-hole through Time') that transports her from ancient England to a spot near the home of young Theodora in modern-day Massachusetts. Gideon fears that his nemesis, Kobold, will track down Wycca and turn the dragon against Gideon; he must track the wyvern before Kobold gets to her. (The description of his emergence in the 21st-century Club Golgotha is a hoot: 'To a wizard from the thirteenth centry, there was little to distinguish the club's dark, cavernous interior and its ghoulish inhabitants from the court of a demon king'). Meanwhile, Theodora, a collector of modern-day 'Wizards & Wyverns' cards, finds a card missing from Gideon's magic deck and thinks it's the one she needs to complete her set. The race is on to see who will win at this complex game of lost and found. Downer takes a staple of fantasy a dragon adds a dash of humor and fashions Wycca as 'a cross between the swiftest falcon and the most tireless hunting dog'; she lays an egg in a tower overlooking Boston Harbor and becomes addicted to chocolate after squeezing through a candy factory vent. The rest of Downer's crew are just as much fun, including Merlin, the helpful Harvard professor who comes to Gideon's aid, and Mikko, Theodora's mysterious nanny. Readers will likely hope that the seeds planted at the novel's conclusion suggests a sequel (having to do with Theodora's heritage). Ages 10-14. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Middle-grade readers will love the story's humorous twists."
-- New York Post
"Chuckles abound in this light, old-world-meets-new-world fantasy."
-- New York Times Book Review
andlt;Iandgt;New York Postandlt;/Iandgt; Middle-grade readers will love the story's humorous twists.
A young wizard from13th-century England goes in search of his pet wyvern that disappeared through a magic hole in time and winds up in 21st-century Boston. There, he meets a girl who becomes involved with a chocoholic baby dragon.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Ann Downerandlt;/bandgt; grew up in Manila and Bangkok in the late 1960's and read many mysteries...until she discovered the rich and wonderful world of fantasy.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Returning to her native Virginia, she began to spend afternoons at the local library reading all the fantasy she could get her hands on. Soon she was inspired to begin a fantasy novel of her own, and so began her career as a fantasy author. She has written andlt;Iandgt;The Spellkey, The Glass Salamander,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Books of the Keepers.andlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Ms. Downer combines her writing with a full-time career as a science editor at a university press. She lives with her husband, their son, and a large marmalade cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.