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The Rosemary Spell
ISBN: 9780544936997
Author: Zimmerman, Virginia
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 2017
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.66
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: After they find a magical book that has the power to make people vanish, even from memory, Rosie and Adam must race against time, when his older sister disappears, to bring her back from the void before their memories of her fade away.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magic; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Memory; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017013703
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Mystery, Middle School, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Adam, Rosemary, and Adam's sister Shelby grew up together, bonding through their interest in books. Now that Shelby is in high school, though, the threesome begins to dissolve. When Adam and Rosemary find a cursed book--just like in the novels they love--Shelby's metaphorical disappearance becomes a lot more literal. This well-constructed literary adventure holds obvious appeal for bookish middle-grade readers. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 September #4)

Debut author Zimmerman blends Shakespeare and magic in the enthralling story of three friends confronted with a mysterious book and a curious spell. Thirteen-year-old Rosemary "Rosie" Bennett, named after a line from Hamlet ("There's Rosemary, that's for remembrance"), and her friend Adam feel abandoned by Adam's older sister, Shelby, whose attentions have turned to her boyfriend and play practice. Then the two find an old book hidden in a locked cupboard in Rosie's house, which was once owned by legendary poet Constance Brooke. What they believe is Shakespeare's false codex holds a powerful spell, one that creates "void and nothing." Endangering Shelby, the two must figure out a way to reverse the spell before their memories of Shelby disappear forever. Their only hope is Constance, facing Alzheimer's disease in a nursing home. Zimmerman peppers the novel with engaging teachers, cozy reading nooks, and soft-lit bookshelves, a welcoming reprieve against the distressing portrayal of Constance's Alzheimer's and Rosie's abandonment by her father. Plays and lore of Shakespeare trickle through this expertly plotted novel, which will leaving lovers of—and newcomers to—the Bard wanting more. Ages 10–14. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 November)

Gr 4–8—Literary mystery and magic come together in a story for book lovers. Rosemary and her best friend, Adam, discover an old book in a locked bedroom cabinet, a book with writing that appears and disappears. When they read one of the poems to Adam's sister, Shelby, she vanishes, as do most of their memories of her existence. Using a quote from Hamlet written in the book to keep Shelby's existence alive in their minds, Rosie and Adam search for a way to bring her back. An elderly local poet whose brother vanished years ago may hold the key to reversing the spell, but her Alzheimer's makes her memory unreliable and their journey more difficult. The book is well written and full of rich language and detail. The incorporation of Shakespearean references and poetry gives the story a more mature feel and balances the youthful earnestness of Rosie and Adam. The mystery and magic are subtle, but the little clues that pop up keep the story tense. The many literary references, however, may be more appealing to librarians and teachers than to most middle school students, and there is limited action to grab young teens' attention. VERDICT This is an enjoyable story that the right readers will appreciate but may not pick up on their own without a recommendation.—Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT

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