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Maewyn Bridgepost, the tiniest Hapenny (a race of little people) spends her days from breakfast to midnight nibble scrubbing the hearth, slopping the pigs, and cooking for her guardian, Gelbane, who never spares a kind word. As if life as a servant isn’t bad enough, Mae learns that Gelbane is a troll and Hapennies are a troll delicacy.Years ago, a spell trapped Gelbane in Mae’s village. Ever since, Gelbane has been chiseling away the magic protections and now Mae’s home is destined to become a smorgasbord for half-starved trolls. It will take all of Mae’s courage to protect her village. When pitchforks, sewing needles, pots, brooms and a little magick are the only weapons at hand, Mae finds out that great victories can be accomplished no matter what size you are, but only if you stick together.
“A charming book, perfect for a read-aloud by the fire. Youngsters not quite ready for Harry Potter or Tolkien will enjoy this story of magick and bravery. Maewyn is a loveable character; readers will be rooting for her at every page turn. Her journey to maturity is hard-won and the fight for freedom from the Trolls will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. Talking ravens, Trolls, well-dressed squirrels, and an army of brooms are just a few of the treats in store for readers of Hapenny Magick. Hapenny Magick feels like a fairytale of old. Carson has created a world that readers will want to return to again and again. This is the kind of book you want to read sitting in the crook of a favorite tree, or snuggled under a down comforter – a warm, cheery story with just the right amount of thrilling scenes.” –Angela J. Reynolds, Head of Youth Services, Annapolis Valley Regional Library
“What a charming book! I must pause here for a moment to rave about the illustrations. They are, in short, breath-taking. The whimsy of Jennifer’s voice is infused into Pat Ann’s illustrations. Her characters really come to life–and what characters they are! Mean, spiteful Gelbane, the Guardian of our feisty heroine, Maewyn, storms off the page and Callum, the wizard, has a beard so flowing, I swear it really did tickle my nose ;o). This brings me to the book, itself: a more engrossing adventure for children, I have not read, in years. Hapenny Magick is a somewhat traditional tale, with poor orphaned Maewyn left at the clutches of evil Gelbane at the start, but she is no shrinking violet waiting for her Prince to save the day. No. When a strange, talking crow lures her away from enslavement to the comparative bliss of a Wood Wizard’s cozy home, Mae discovers that, small as she may be, her destiny is great. I don’t want to ruin the story by leaving any spoilers, but some of the things I love best about Mae are her courage, sense of duty, and sense of self-reliance. Before it’s over, Mae needs to save herself, her friends, and her whole village from an army of hungry Trolls, and it’ll take more than just her magickal talents, to do it. Does Mae find the strength to persevere and triumph? I’ll leave you to find out. Hapenny Magick is a thoroughly engaging, lovely fairy tale for children of all ages. Jennifer’s skillful prose weaves Magick and whimsy into every line. What a joy it was to read this book.” –C.S. Einfield, Author of Neverdark
“This book was an absolute delight. If I were to compare it to a dessert it would be poached pears, very light and just enough sugar to curb the sweet tooth.” –Goodreads, 5-star Review
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