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Griffin of Darkwood
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Griffin of Darkwood
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Will Poppy has always been fascinated with writing - he thinks there's something almost... magical about it. But when his mother passes away, Will finds himself stuck living with his awful aunt, unable to write a single word (despite the fact that two Muses will not leave him alone), and handed a mysterious package which includes an old picture of his grandparents and a piece of cloth with the words "The Griffin of Darkwood" on it.

When his aunt decides to move both of them to a small village, Will is excited for a new adventure, and in a castle no less! But after a rude welcome to the town that includes stories about a curse, and an introduction to the servants of the castle who evidently mean to cause him harm, Will's sense of dread about the whole village rises.

What is the curse the villagers all claim has been on the castle for hundreds of years, and what does it have to do with the disappearance of a young girl forty years ago? More importantly, what's The Griffin of Darkwood, and what does it have to do with Will and his family?

Will Poppy has always been fascinated with writing - he thinks there's something almost... magical about it. But when his mother passes away, Will finds himself stuck living with his awful aunt, unable to write a single word (despite the fact that two Muses will not leave him alone), and handed a mysterious package which includes an old picture of his grandparents and a piece of cloth with the words "The Griffin of Darkwood" on it.

When his aunt decides to move both of them to a small village, Will is excited for a new adventure, and in a castle no less! But after a rude welcome to the town that includes stories about a curse, and an introduction to the servants of the castle who evidently mean to cause him harm, Will's sense of dread about the whole village rises.

What is the curse the villagers all claim has been on the castle for hundreds of years, and what does it have to do with the disappearance of a young girl forty years ago? More importantly, what's The Griffin of Darkwood, and what does it have to do with Will and his family?

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  • Becky Citra is the award-winning author of over twenty books for young readers. She has written two popular series - the "Ellie and Max" series which take place in Upper Canada in the 1800's and the "Jeremy and the Enchanted Theater" time travel series. She currently resides in Bridge Lake, BC.

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  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2016

    Gr 4-6-Twelve-year-old Will Poppy loses the ability to write stories after his mom dies. His writing muses follow him, though, right to Sparrowhawk Hall, where he is forced to live with a cruel relative and servants who want to kill him. When he discovers a piece of tapestry his late grandfather owned is magical, he is able to reverse an ancient curse by writing the ending to a story that had begun hundreds of years ago. Words are magic in Citra's latest for middle graders. Will sees magic inside the Ex Libris bookstore and experiences it in the secret passage that leads to a griffin. Curses are real and can destroy lives, but they can be broken with acts of bravery. Families and friends connect through stories, even when they are no longer able to be together. Citra gives the characters passions (palindromes, French cooking, circuses) and quirks (eyes that change color, the ability to take on the feelings of animals) that make them memorable. VERDICT With its mix of mystery and fantasy, this story will appeal to a wide range of tastes.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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