Midnight Magic by Avi (Scholastic, 1999, 249pp.)
It’s 1491, Renaissance Italy. When Mangus the Magician and his loyal servant, Fabrizio, are enlisted to banish a ghost haunting the royal family, they soon learn that there’s more at stake than just their lives—the entire fate of the kingdom rests in their hands as well! As usual, you can’t go wrong with Avi. Vividly drawn characters and a labyrinthine plot with more than a few twists and turns prove this to be a light, fun thriller from one of the masters of young adult and children’s literature. Recommended for Ages 9-12.
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