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"A Tale of Two Castles (A Tale of Two Castles, #1)" by Gail Carson Levine

'A Tale of Two Castles (A Tale of Two Castles, #1)' by Gail Carson Levine

★★★★★ Twelve year old Elodie is forced to leave her family and her island home of Lahnt, to sail to the town of Two Castles and begin a new life. Stuck in Two Castles without any money to immediately follow her dream of being an actor, she is transported into the lair of a brilliant dragon, Meenore, who offers to employ her as his paid assistant, even though he is not too fond of humans. Doing his bidding leads her to the castle of a shape-shifting ogre, where she quickly becomes entangled with cats, greedy kings, princesses, and a strange new world where everything is indeed not what it appears. By attempting to solve a crime she discovers that good and evil are not always so easy to discern. A Tale of Two Castles is a charming fantasy with just enough mystery, magic and wit to have readers of all ages eagerly turning pages until the tale is all told.

Reviewed by Sharyn H.

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