** please note!! Colette Bezio is a librarian at the Muehl Public Library in Seymour, WI.
Congratulations to Colette Bezio on her debut fantasy for chapter book readers! If you love fairy tales (and who doesn’t love a good fairy tale?) , you will love this book. Replete with a castle and a moat, spells and witches, royalty and servants, power struggles and wizardy, this story provides more than lovely drawn magical settings.
This tale also gives us tension and a quickly moving and changing plot with a cliffhanger at the end of several of the chapters! Colette is a master of set up and plot devices. If something is mysterious, you can be assured that it will be cleared up later in the yarn.
Miggin and Druzilla are two girls who are similar in that they have no families. They are moved into Castle Crabapple and are being “rated” by the king and queen to see which one is suited to become the princess of the castle and thus inherit the kingdom. At first this competition is not clear to the girls as they are too busy getting on each other’s nerves and trying to share a bedroom! However, over time they come to realize that they are players in a “Conspiracy of Fate” and that they actually are beginning to “influence” one another. Eventually a friendship blossoms and that friendship emerges into a strong one of sisterhood.
This book is highly entertaining in that it is infused with humor and word play. Colette assembles some of our modern phrases into the dialogue and text and challenges us with new vocabulary for a rollicking and edifying ride. Even her spells are catchy and imaginative. I am very much looking forward to book two in this series!