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A Box of Gargoyles Hardcover – 14 May 2013

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PRAISE FOR THE CABINET OF EARTHS: "This debut novel of intrigue, family betrayal and an unsolved case of missing children will grip readers from first page to last. Readers will be swept along by the novel's swift pace and enjoy the mystery's unraveling with Maya and Valko as their companions."--Shelf Awareness

PRAISE FOR THE CABINET OF EARTHS: "A-shimmer with magic, in plot, characters, and literary style.Nesbet's first novel is an impressive achievement, its substance and style gracefully blended."--The Horn Book

PRAISE FOR THE CABINET OF EARTHS: "In her debut novel, Nesbet has crafted a carefully imagined, magical world--one that is shrouded in mystery and keeps the reader engaged and guessing. With imaginative alchemy, compelling action, and sensitive characterizations, this novel will undoubtedly win over fantasy fans."--Booklist

PRAISE FOR THE CABINET OF EARTHS: "Nesbet plays on both the charm of her Parisian setting and the shadowy eeriness of a city steeped in history to create an alluring sense of place that envelops readers from the first page."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

PRAISE FOR THE CABINET OF EARTHS: "Nesbet has written a unique, interesting fantasy with just enough suspense to keep readers turning the pages long into the night. Fantasy readers of all ages, especially middle school students, will enjoy this story."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

PRAISE FOR THE CABINET OF EARTHS: "Maya is a fully realized character...and readers will be rooting for her to find her strengths and save the day. This unique fantasy will catch its audience's attention and leave them thinking about time, families, and immortality."--School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE CABINET OF EARTHS: "Blending elements of magic, science, and even horror with evocative prose and a confident narrative voice, Nesbet immerses readers in her contemporary Parisian setting."--Publishers Weekly

"Nesbet's style is both animated and animating...all elements of her story fairly quiver with life."--Horn Book Magazine

"A flavorful mille-feuille with equally tasty layers of dark magic, light comedy and salty determination."--Kirkus Reviews
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For once, Maya Davidson is not worried. She is getting used to living in Paris, the terrible purple-eyed man is gone, and she's on fall break from school--free to spend time with her friend Valko.

But something strange is happen-ing in the city. Stone gargoyles that can fly and talk, women who sing in the street as if in a trance, a shadowy person-sized column of leaves and dust with hints of purple where its eyes would be . . . all of these come from a dark magic that ripples throughout Paris.

When Maya receives a curious letter on her birthday, she discovers that the purple-eyed man isn't really gone. He's behind the strangeness. And now he has bound Maya to make him whole again . . . by trading her life for his.

In this luminous follow-up to The Cabinet of Earths, author Anne Nesbet weaves a thrilling story of magic and danger that will be enjoyed by Maya's fans as well as by those who are meeting her for the first time.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins (14 May 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 357 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 006210425X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062104250
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 3.3 x 14.99 x 22.35 cm
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Anne Nesbet writes books for kids and watches a lot of silent films. She lives near San Francisco with her husband, several daughters, and one irrepressible dog.

THE CABINET OF EARTHS (HarperCollins 2012) is her first novel; it tells the story of twelve-year-old Maya Davidson's tangle with some very old magic in Paris. Houses with bronze salamanders for door handles, statues that look too much like Maya’s own worried face, a man wearing sunglasses to hide his radiant purple eyes–nothing is what it seems. To keep her family safe, Maya must make new friends (a cousin who is so unremarkable, she's actually hard to see; a Bulgarian boy named Valko who has practice not-fitting-in all over the world) and take on the magical underworld of Paris.

More adventures of Maya and Valko appear in A BOX OF GARGOYLES, which came out in 2013.

You can visit her online at www.annenesbet.com.

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