Falcon and the Carousel of Time
By Luli Gray
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618448951, 128pp.)
Publication Date: April 2005
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Falcon is thirteentoo old for magic, too old for dragons and saints, too old to think about the adventures from her past. All she wants is to be an ordinary girl. But Falcon has a family legacy that cannot be denied, and, when her beloved Aunt Emily suffers a heart attack, that legacy and the magic within it may be the only way to save Emily’s life.
Falcon finds herself in New York City circa 1903, accompanied by Aunt Emily (who has managed to reoccupy the body of her own twelve-year-old self) and Allie Cadwallader-Newton (who knows a bit about time travel, thanks to her own adventures). With the help of a few old friends, Falcon sets out to find the way home, but she soon discovers that the situation is not what it seems. And there will be impossible choices ahead.
Once again, Luli Gray transports readers into a world both foreign and familiar, where dragons meet in Central Park and young girls find that they have the power to change their futures, as well as their pasts.
Luli Gray belongs to a family for whom, she says, "reading and writing are as necessary as breathing." Born in Argentina, and for years a resident of New York City, she now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Falcon and the Charles Street Witch is the sequel to her first novel, Falcon's Egg which received rave reviews and was an ALA Notable Children's Book for 1995 and a School Library Journal Best Book of 1996.
"This sweet, mildly amusing fantasy will serve series fans quite well." Booklist, ALA