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Boyd, David
Oakville (Ont.), Rubicon Publishing, 1990. 112pp,paper,$6.95,lSBNO-921156-13-8. Distributed by Copp Clark Pitman. (The Adventures of Wordsy & Jessica series). CIP

Grades 5 to 7/Ages 10 to 12

Reviewed by Constance Hall

Volume 18 Number 5
1990 September

If you have readers who like stories about magic, ghosts and current affairs, then Spellbound! is just the ticket. Once again Wordsworth Doyle and Jessica Redd are working together and this time they have a variety of problems to solve involving family separations. As in David Boyd's earlier story. The Face in the Flames,1 there are lively dialogue, likeable characters and a good deal of suspense involving the supernatural.

Jessica's father is the real estate agent who is trying to sell the mansion previously owned by a great magician, Randolph Chamberlain. As Jessica and Wordsy explore the old house, the ghost of Chamberlain's nine-year-old son Sebastian appears. He explains how he has been separated from his father and that he is doomed to haunt the mansion by a spell pronounced as an act of revenge by Chamberlain's former partner, Garnett Blackstone. While Jessica and Wordsy work on Sebastian's problem, Jessica decides to help her new friend, Angelina, whose father is being held by authorities in Nicaragua. Jessica goes straight to the top as she works to reunite Angelina's family.

There is plenty of humour as well in this story, as Wordsy concocts a love potion from an ancient book of spells. The intended victim is his social studies teacher, who, Wordsy fears, is romantically interested in his mother. In addition to surprise wedding plans (not for his mother), Wordsy is delighted with the results of his most difficult magic trick.

Constance Hall, Hamilton, Ont.

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