Kent, Gabrielle The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, 336 pages. Scholastic Press, NOVEMBER 2016. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence; PG (fantasy battle).
One day Alfie, 11, is looking at a long, lonely summer. The next he finds that he has inherited the castle above the village where his cousins live – the very castle inside which he was born. Something is stalking Alfie – something that has been waiting a very long time to get access to the magic Alfie has just sworn to protect. He will need the help of a magic bear rug (think flying carpet and so much more) and his cousins to save himself, the village, and the magic from an enemy that has laid in wait a long time.
Hooray for delicious first books! Its still hard to sell students on books that aren’t part of an established series, but this one is worth the effort.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher