Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Cup and the Crown by Diane Stanley


In the second book of the trilogy, Molly explores the source and nature of her ever-changing magical gift. Sent by king Alaric on a crucial mission, she is drawn to Harrowsgode, the mysterious walled city where her grandfather was born and from which he later escaped. What she discovers there will alter the direction of her life and challenge her considerable ingenuity and courage. With the help of Tobias, a rat-catcher named Richard, and a clever and devoted raven, Molly gains her own freedom in a most unexpected way, and changes the city of Harrowsgode forever.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperCollins 
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

The Cup and the Crown is a great page-turner and is one of my favorite books of 2012. I am a huge fan of The Silver Bowl (which was the first book in what I think will be a trilogy) and I had high expectations for this book- I was not disappointed!  The main character Molly is a fun and spirited girl who has a magical gift of visions and she takes the reader on a thrilling and magical ride throughout the book.  I find myself cheering for Molly and being inspired by her courage.  I really enjoyed the other characters, especially her friend Tobias, a rat-catcher named Richard, and Molly's clever and devoted raven.  I encourage the reader to read the Silver Bowl first as it will make The Cup and the Crown even more enjoyable.  I highly recommend this books for girls ages 10-12.

This book is on shelves now! 

Happy reading! 
Lily, age 10 

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