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  • A wild and evocative fantasy, stylishly told, with a tremendous romantic appeal

  • Altogether an invigorating book, in which the wit and nonsense make such a sparkling fizz together that it is hard to tell one from the other

    Times Educational Supplement
  • One genuine small masterpiece. Almost a copy-book lesson in those virtues that a classic children's book must possess

    Time magazine
  • Joan Aiken is a marvel

    Philip Pullman, The Guardian

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