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  • Keywords
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    • Ancient Egypt,
    • School of Magic,
    • Mystery and Adventure,
    • Magical Realism,
    • Middle Grade Fantasy,
    • Winnipeg and Manitoba

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Fish & Sphinx
by Rae St. Clair Bridgman

Wil and Sophie are back in their battle against the Serpent’s Chain! Cousins Wil Wychwood and Sophie Isidor unearth yet another dastardly scheme from this dangerous secret society. Now the Serpent’s Chain plans to seize the Manitoba Legislative Building – or The Palace of the Blazing Star, as it is known in MiddleGate. Catfysh, Spirit of the River, comes to help Sophie and Wil as they struggle to unlock the Palace’s hidden code and thwart its destruction. Tyndall stone sphinxes, cow skulls, lions, bison, and even Medusa herself spring to life, but will their magic be enough to help defeat the Serpent’s Chain once and for all?

A sublime cast headlines this leisurely but engrossing supernatural tale.” — Kirkus Reviews “I enjoy the many unusual characters of Bridgman’s books, such as Mage Terpsy, who reverses the initial letters of words when speaking; Aunt Violet, who dyes her hair a brilliant red for a Valentine’s Day party; Peeping Peerslie, the resident ghost of the school library; and the strange homeless Catfysh.” — Donna Gamache, Prairie Fire Magazine “The author’s delight in wordplay is given full rein throughout, but particularly in the shapeshifting chapter, when Wil and Sophie are changed into catfish. The deepening sense that the heroes are in over their heads, surrounded on all sides by enemies whose motives they still don’t understand, but who threaten everything they care about, will leave readers who like their fantasy to contain a good dose of mystery and suspense looking for the next volume.” — K.V. Johansen, author of Quests and Kingdoms: A Grown-Up’s Guide to Children’s Fantasy Literature

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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.”


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