Monday, July 22, 2013
Magic is afoot
THE WATER CASTLE by Megan Frazer Blakemore. Bloomsbury, 2013.
After Ephraim's father suffers a stroke, the family moves into an old house that has been part of his mother's family for generations. Ephraim is, at first, lonely. It is difficult to make friends in school where the other kids have known one another for years. Eventually, though, Ephraim makes two new friends, friends who will help him search for something that might just bring his father back to normal. Blakemore weaves the very real story of a boy grappling with changes in his family with the almost mythic story of ancestors who might have stumbled upon a magical elixir. Science and history met a bit of magic in this compelling read.