Castle Hangnail Paperback – Import, 15 March 2016
"A read with substance and resonance...An appealing fantasy for upper middle grade readers." —School Library Journal
“In the tradition of Eva Ibbotson…a wacky, heartwarming tale of magic, friendship, and home.” —Booklist
"Vernon...deftly weaves silly, suspenseful, and only slightly scary elements throughout this engaging coming-of-age story, which will easily appeal to fans of spells and sorcery." —Publishers Weekly
“Smart and droll, it’s the fantasy you’ve always wanted to hand to the 10-year-old Goth girl in your life (along with, let’s face it, everybody else you know). A true crowd pleaser.” —Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production
"A rather cheerfully goth book...that has a great deal of respect for children and what they’re capable of." —i09
"Fans of Ibbotson and Vande Velde will be right at home with this novel, and all readers will likely hope that Molly returns for more adventures." —BCCB
"This illustrated novel is lighthearted and funny, and provides an interesting array of characters." —SLC
Awards and Honors for Ursula Vernon:
Winner of the Hugo Award for her adult online comic Digger
Dragonbreath: An IRA/CBC Chidren's Choice
"Great stuff for reluctant and rapacious readers alike."—BCCB
Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs: NYPL Children's Books 2010: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Books for Children
"Delightful."—School Library Journal
Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Weiner: An Autumn 2010 Kids' Indie Next List Pick, Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Books for Children
* "[An] impossibly droll escapade."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Dragonbreath: Lair of the Bat Monster: A Spring 2011 Indie Next List Pick
— Ursula Vernon
About the Author
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- Publisher : Puffin Books; Reprint edition (15 March 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0147512735
- ISBN-13 : 978-0147512734
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 291 g
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 2.44 x 19.69 cm
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,682,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #9,039 in Children's Humour (Books)
- #10,803 in Children's Science Fiction (Books)
- #28,571 in Children's Family, Personal & Social Issues (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
This is a wittily humorous, warm and rich story, with dawning realisation that some friends aren’t friends at all. Molly discovers she is not as weak a witch as she thinks it is. Her minions discover that powerful evil lords are not necessarily who they want to serve. But that all comes from Molly doing her best to fulfil the tasks she has to do so that the Magic Board approves her as the Controller of Castle Hangnail.
I love the development of this story from the accidental achievement of tasks to the more deliberate, and desperately needed, magical abilities. It’s a true MG book, given that it deals with a twelve-year-old coming to terms with new responsibilities and building friendships along the way. It’s also refreshingly different, and reminds me that you don’t have to be sophisticated and clever to be a good read.
I enjoyed it so much I’ve given it five stars. The book’s staying on my shelf, too, as I know I’ll want to reread it next Halloween!