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Honeybees, Mages, School of Magic, Mystery and Adventure, Magical Realism, Middle Grade Fantasy, Winnipeg and Manitoba

Amber Ambrosia
by Rae St. Clair Bridgman

After saving the sacred snakes of Narcisse, Wil Wychwood and his cousin Sophie Isidor are hailed as the new heroes of MiddleGate.

Yet their journey is far from over. Wil knows the black medallion he inherited once belonged to an ancient secret society, the Serpent’s Chain. But no one seems to know the story behind the medallion.

The meaning of the black medallion with its silver arrow and five-pointed star isn’t the only mystery to be solved. The Serpent’s Chain is hardly finished with Wil, and they’ve returned with another nefarious scheme.

Now, they’re after a magical honey from MiddleGate’s precious bees. Can Sophie and Wil stop their conspiracy and save the bees? Will they uncover the medallion’s true meaning, or will its secrets be lost to history?

“THEY'RE BACK. All those marvellous characters from Winnipeg author Rae Bridgman's highly successful first novel, The Serpent's Spell, are indeed back .... It's an action-packed story abuzz with excitement and suspense .... A whole new universe and vocabulary of Sister Bees and Brother Drones with Bee-Veins and Bee-Bodies and a "joyous Buzzhum of the Bees" musically unfolds for believers in magic and mystery.”

— M. Wayne Cunningham, Books in Canada

“With magic, engaging protagonists, nasty villains, a Secretariat on the Status of Magical Creatures, a dragonfly festival complete with entomophagy (eating insects) and Marco Magnifico, the bee motif, Buzz songs, the complex and fascinating City of Wax, eyeglass frames changing colour according to mood, disappearing honeybees, magical honey, and mystery, Amber Ambrosia should engage young fantasy fans and have them eagerly awaiting the next Sophie and Wil escapade.” [Highly recommended]

— Darleen Golke, Canadian Review of Materials (CM)

"Science, suspense and some good old sleuthing make Amber Ambrosia a sweet mystery...The setting contains many captivating elements that will stir the imagination of younger readers. Sophie and Wil are extraordinary in a delightfully ordinary way."

— Joyce Handzo, Curled Up with a Good Kid's Book

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Rae St. Clair Bridgman is an award-winning Winnipeg author and illustrator of children’s books, including the acclaimed MIDDLEGATE BOOKS. She has a knack for finding the magical and extraordinary in the ordinary, in between the cracks of reality. Rae is a university professor, anthropologist, urban planner, co-director of an architectural design firm, mother of six. Favourite things to do in her spare time: watching ants, chasing crayfish, reading the dictionary, playing tuba, watching clouds, and inventing toys. Favourite sayings: “Often, secrets do not remain secrets for long.” “Things that disappear by themselves can come back by themselves.” “Problems can multiply like flies.” “The story certainly changes depending on the storyteller.”


Rae St. Clair Bridgman

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