Excellent, Judith Rossell, Intermediate, Magic, Adventure, Identity, Orphans, Aunts, Mystery
While residing at a health resort with her three stingy aunts, Stella Montgomery witnesses the murder of an elderly hotel patron, Mr. Filbert. But before his death, Mr. Filbert entrusts Stella with an ancient bottle to keep away from his murderer—a magician known as The Professor. The Professor forces his young assistant, Ben, to use his seer-ability to discover the bottle’s location. When Stella’s part is revealed, The Professor kidnaps Stella and holds her at the local theater. Stella tricks The Professor’s goons and finds sanctuary with two theater performers: Mr. Capelli and the dancer, Gert. But before Stella is able to escape the theater, The Professor grabs her and Gert. This time he whisks the girls away to an abandoned island castle. Once there The Professor uncorks the mysterious bottle in hopes of receiving the stowed magical powers of a past wizard. Instead he unleashes a monster that kills him. The girls escape thanks to the help of Ben and Mr. Capelli.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 37
, Article 24.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol37/iss6/24