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For use in schools and libraries only. In Italy in 1491, Mangus the magician and his apprentice are summoned to the castle of Duke Claudio to determine whether his daughter is indeed being haunted by a ghost.
Avi Wortis is known to his readers simply as Avi. Raised in New York City, he was ironically assigned a tutor in high school to help him with his writing. His first novel, WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN, ANYWAY?, was published in 1992 while he was working as a librarian. Avi writes historical fiction, fantasies, thrillers, and comic novels. In 1991, THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE was named a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction. In 2003, CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD received the much-coveted Newbery Medal.
"[T]he characters are colorful and stylish, and the plot (although you can see the end coming) has a well-paced momentum that will involve readers in the drama."
From the Publisher
Princess Terasina claims to have seen the ghost of her dead brother walking in the halls of the castle where she lives. Mangus, an old magician, and Fabrizio, his 12-year-old servant, are called upon to help solve the mystery of the ghostly apparition. As they become more and more involved in the search, they are faced with death threats, conspiracies, secret passageways, and false identities everywhere they turn. What other dark secret does the castle hold?
In Italy in 1491, Mangus the magician and his apprentice are summoned to the castle of Duke Claudio to determine if his daughter is indeed being haunted by a ghost.