Daughter of the Great Zandini

By Cary Fagan; Cybele Young (Illustrator)
(Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9780887765346, 64pp.)

Publication Date: August 30, 2001

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Tradition is important to the Great Zandini, the great magician of Paris. His grandfather was a magician, his father was a magician, and his son will be a magician too. Unfortunately, his son Theodore does not feel the same way. Zandini won’t hear of opposition. Besides, his arch nemesis, newspaper reporter A. S. Besette, has begun a smear campaign, suggesting the old master is washed up. Zandini creates a new magic show to introduce Theodore as his successor. There’s only one problem: Theodore is a hopeless magician.

Fortunately, his sister Fanny is a very good magician. It’s up to her to save the day, even if the Great Zandini does not want
her help.

About the Author

Cary Fagan is a writer of fiction for both young readers and adults and a contributor to several magazines and newspapers. His work has garnered him the City of Toronto Book Award, and the Jewish Book Committee Prize for Fiction. He is the author of Sleeping Weather, The Doctor’s House, The Animal’s Waltz, and The Little Black Dress. Mr. Fagan lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Cybèle Young is a prize winning artist who frequently works in miniature. She was a finalist for the 2000 Governor General’s Literary Award for the illustrations she created for Pa’s Harvest, her first children’s book project. Cybèle Young lives in Toronto.

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