Thirteenth Child: Frontier Magic, Book One by ProQuest


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									  434                                               The Horn Book Magazine

  especially if the audience attempts to act out the story and dance lesson
  themselves. The repetition in the dialogue (“Robot walk!” “Robot
  walk?!”) demonstrates just how much tone and context can affect mean-
  ing. We have come to expect delicious hilarity from this interspecies
  friendship, and indeed Willems’s comedic gifts are many—both friends’
  slyly emotive eyes and Gerald’s Richard Simmons–esque workout
  clothes can reduce a roomful of listeners to giggles. Though this episode
  is less rooted in a young child’s daily experiences than the other books
  in the series, the idea that difficult tasks can at least be attempted is a
  valuable one. r.l.s.

  Patricia C. Wrede Thirteenth Child: Frontier Magic, Book One
     344 pp. Scholastic 4/09 isbn 978-0-545-03342-8 $16.99 g
     (Middle School, High School)
  From birth, twins Lan and Eff internalize very different sets of expecta-
  tions. Lan is the seventh son of a seventh son, born with exceptional
  magical power and destined to do great things; sister Eff is a thirteenth
  child, cursed and possibly evil. After their father moves the sizable fam-
  ily to the frontier, Eff escapes some of the gossip, hides her stigma, and
  comes of age amid the physical dangers and political clashes engen-
  dered by her nation’s westward expansion into territory occupied by
  fantasy monsters (dragons, among others). It’s here that Eff gradually
  learns to harness her powers by studying 
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