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Kate Saunders has written lots of books for adults and children. These include Beswitched, Magicalamity, The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix, and Five Children on the Western Front. She lives in London.
Gr 3-6-Soon after moving to 18 Skittle Street, 11-year-old twins Lily and Oz realize this will be anything but a normal summer. Their family inherits the house and the boarded up chocolate shop downstairs from their father's great-great-uncle, a famous chocolatier. The twins discover that their uncles were sorcerers and made magical chocolate, and now a sinister gang is trying to get their hands on one of the secret family recipes. With the help of an immortal invisible talking cat, a rat, and an elephant, the twins, along with their friend Caydon, are swept up in a high stakes mission headed by the Secret Ministry of the Unexplained (SMU). Jayne Entwistle does a phenomenal job of bringing Saunders's magical story (Delacorte, 2013) to life. She gives each character a distinctive voice, and her pacing is excellent. Boys and girls will get caught up in the twists and turns of this tale.-Anne Bozievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for Kate Saunders
Praise for The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
"This story has adventure, excitement, humor and magic, and will appeal to boys and girls alike."--SLJ
"Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."--Booklist
"A quick pace and intricate plot twists keep excitement high . . . [in] this enjoyable and moving romp through a magical London underworld."--Publishers Weekly
Five Children on the Western Front
Winner of the Costas Award for Children's Fiction
"An irresistible read."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Saunders strikes a surprisingly successful balance between the mischievous magic of the sand fairy and the harsh realities of wartime England." --The Bulletin
"A dramatic, heartrending look at World War I's far-reaching consequences for families and individuals."--SLJ
The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix
"Saunders weaves the supernatural with the ordinary with ease. Readers who enjoyed The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop will not be disappointed."--Booklist
"Clearly, Saunders has honed her deft and breezy comic style while affectionately channeling mild echoes of Harry Potter and The Hobbit."--Kirkus Reviews
"Saunders's imagination is out in full force. Hand this to readers who love adventure, fantasy, and Mission Impossible-type adventure."--SLJ
"[Children] will love this action-packed adventure, brimming with sly humor and clever asides....This book should fly off the shelves, with or without a magic carpet."--SLJ, Starred Review
"A quick, magical romp."--The Bulletin
"Saunders weaves a tight tale with a satisfying conclusion." --Booklist
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"This absorbing novel...features a dimensional, delightful protagonist, whose personality and growth ring true....Along with the entertaining magical elements, the universal themes of self-discovery, and looking beyond appearances combine into a wholly engaging and enjoyable read."--Booklist, Starred Review
"Saunders offers a coming-of-age tale against the rich backdrop of full period detail . . . [It] will charm readers."--Publishers Weekly
"A ripping English boarding-school story with a perceptive heroine and time-travel twist guaranteed to appeal to modern schoolgirls."--Kirkus Reviews