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 Curse of the phoenix
 Author: Carter, Aimee

 Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 342 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 195181 ISBN: 9781534478442
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Mythical animals -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Blessing and cursing -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Twins -- Fiction
 Great-aunts -- Fiction
 England -- Fiction
Fantasy Fiction
Family Life
Adventure Fiction

Price: $22.58

Sent to England for a summer with relatives, twins Zac and Lu learn that their recently-deceased mother's tales of mythical creatures are true, and they must find a phoenix to break a curse.

   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/21)
   Booklist (01/01/22)

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Booklist - 01/01/2022 The wonder of meeting mythical beasts in a British woodland preserve takes a back seat to trauma and emotional turmoil in this tale of 12-year-old American twins—Zac, raised in near-total isolation due to severe asthma and allergies, and his fiercely protective sister, Lu—who are shuffled off to relatives they’ve never met a month after Zac finds their mother dead in the kitchen. As if struggling to cope with grief, guilt, and, for Zac, exposure to a whole new set of potentially deadly allergens aren’t challenges enough, the twins soon discover that they are members of a family forcibly tasked with tending to Wildewoods, a hidden sanctuary for sometimes-dangerous magical creatures. Adding to the pall, Carter adds in two thoroughly unlikeable characters (including a caustic aunt, half of a same-sex couple in charge of the household) and very nearly kills off both Lu and her cousin Penelope, the one other young girl here, on the way to an ending that is, if not entirely happy, at least less fraught. Share with readers more comfortable in Fablehaven than Narnia. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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