by Angie Sage
I'm a bit older than the target audience, grades 4-8, even so this book held my attention and fueled my imagination. I thought it was pure magyk!
The book starts out with Silas Heap who stumbles across a baby in the the field or forest, I forget which, but the baby is abandoned. He's concerned about what to do because he and Sarah already have six boys and Sarah is giving birth that night to their seven child. Seeing no other choice, Silas takes the baby home, hopping Sarah will take it in.
And that's all I'm going to share. Oh, maybe one thing more - Just as Silas enters his house the midwife pushes past him with a small bundle, yelling, "Dead, dead."
I was totally drawn into the story within the first few pages. Dare I say that I liked this book even better than Harry Potter. I heard the gasp escape your lips! Actually, they are both fascinating stories. This one is probably better for younger readers, though. I enjoy Juvenile and YA novels, but I'm always amazed when I find one as captivating as Magik.