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A Bitter Magic

Roderick Townley


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Hardcover (11/10/2015)


A deliciously quirky tale of secrets, magic, and illusions.
Everything is in place: the packed theater, the Amazing Thummel, and, center stage, the magician's mysterious assistant. Some have called her the most beautiful woman in Europe.

Then, in a swirl of light, she vanishes!

An astounding illusion, but she never reappears. All that remains are a bloodstained white scarf and her daughter, Cisley, who lives in a glass castle and walks her pet lobster each morning by the sea.

Enter Cole, a rambunctious boy from town and Cisley's first true friend. Together they hunt for clues to her mother's disappearance. They puzzle over broken mirrors, ever-shifting labyrinths, a closet full of whispering ball gowns, and a fatal quest for a pure black rose.

Roderic Townley spins a deliciously spooky tale of one girl's journey to discover what's real and what is simply an illusion.

From the Hardcover edition.

Praise For A Bitter Magic

“Plenty of magic, a touch of romance, and an appealing heroine.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A magical adventure with a fascinating setting that will please most middle graders looking for spooky fantasy.”— School Library Journal
“Cisley is an immensely likable heroine who will attract readers.” — Booklist

From the Hardcover edition.

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780449816509, 304pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

About the Author

RODERICK TOWNLEY has taught in Chile on a Fulbright Fellowship, worked in New York as a journalist, and now writes from his home in Kansas. His books have received many stars and accolades including Book Sense 76 Picks and BBYA selections. You can read more about Roderick Townley and his books at