By: Lian Tanner
Genre: YFA - Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Allen and Unwin
Published: 27 Sep 2017
ISBN: 9781760293529


In the city of Berren, strange things happen. People disappear, trees sprout overnight. But no one believes in magic. No, to believe in magic would be disloyal…

The devious Lord Rump and his granddaughter, Duckling, need a disposable boy, and Pummel, a farm boy looking for work in the city, fits the bill perfectly. Duckling is happy to tangle him in her grandpa's web, as long as Grandpa keeps his promise - that this is his very last Scheme.

Lord Rump's machinations take both children into the strong-hold of Berren - where time has stopped and no one can leave - and before long they are entwined in a plot to kill the heir to the Faithful Throne.

If they want to protect the Young Margrave, and save themselves from an awful death, Duckling and Pummel must learn to use the magic that no one else believes in.


In the city of Berren, strange things happen all the time, but no one believes in magic...

Duckling and her grandfather, Lord Rump, are tricksters who are always up to mischief. Grandpa promises to stop after one last scheme and so Pummel, a farm boy with a generous heart, gets entangled with them.

As danger gets even closer, Duckling and Pummel must learn to trust themselves, and each other, and to believe in magic if they are to survive.

A wonderful fantasy adventure story set in a vivid fantasy world. Both Duckling and Pummel are very likeable characters, and the story will suit both boys and girls in Year 4 and up.

It is a fantastic read, with a strong theme of friendship and courage woven through it. This is a perfect introduction to this genre, and also the first book in a trilogy that will have your students waiting for Book 2.

Reviewed by Michelle

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