Reviews for Spellbound

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 4-6--In Jacqueline West's sequel (2011) to The Shadows (2010, both Dial), we rejoin Olive and the three eccentric talking cats that live in her enchanted Victorian house. Olive has broken the magical spectacles that allowed her to enter the paintings that filled her mysterious new home. Now she can only visit her friend Morton, trapped in the paintings, with the reluctant assistance of the cats. Olive hopes that finding the previous owners' spell book, or grimoire, will help her set Morton free. Rutherford Dewey, the new neighbor, could be either friend or foe, a theme present in the first book as well. Lexy Fridell provides an array of intriguing and fun voices. Rutherford, in particular, has a perfect nasal tone and, along with the peculiar cats, provides much of the humor that helps balance the suspenseful story.--April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA

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