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Daughter of the Great Zandini

by Cary Fagan
illustrated by Cybèle Young

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list price: $18.99
published: 2001
publisher: Tundra

Tradition is important to the Great Zandini, the great magician of Paris. His grandfather was a magician, his father was a magician, and his son will be a magician too. Unfortunately, his son Theodore does not feel the same way. Zandini won’t hear of opposition. Besides, his arch nemesis, newspaper reporter A. S. Besette, has begun a smear campaign, suggesting the old master is washed up. Zandini creates a new magic show to introduce Theodore as his successor. There’s only one problem: Theodore is a hopeless magician.

Fortunately, his sister Fanny is a very good magician. It’s up to her to save the day, even if the Great Zandini does not want
her help.

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Contributor notes

Cary Fagan is a writer of fiction for both young readers and adults and a contributor to several magazines and newspapers. His work has garnered him the City of Toronto Book Award, and the Jewish Book Committee Prize for Fiction. He is the author of Sleeping Weather, The Doctor’s House, The Animal’s Waltz, and The Little Black Dress. Mr. Fagan lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Cybèle Young is a prize winning artist who frequently works in miniature. She was a finalist for the 2000 Governor General’s Literary Award for the illustrations she created for Pa’s Harvest, her first children’s book project. Cybèle Young lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Review

“Fagan’s prose is engaging and…well researched, from the exotic magic tricks to the portrayal of the place of girls and women in 19th–century society.”
School Library Journal
“Fagan proves himself a wonderful writer with a rare comic gift.”
Publishers Weekly

“…a wonderful tale of magic and mystery wrapped into one…This book will be sure to delight young readers who are intrigued by magic with just the right amount of mystery to discover who will follow in the Great Zandini’s footsteps.”
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“Cary Fagan’s captivating book, Daughter of the Great Zandini is a magical story set in Paris a century ago. It is a tale full of mystery, intrigue and illusion that appeals to the imagination…The book has tremendous story appeal as a readaloud: the chapter breaks are perfect for building suspense.”
Children’s Book News
“Cary Fagan’s first short novel for young readers is as magical as its subject matter. It’s full of playful mischief…it’s also an empowering story for young readers, for boys who don’t want to follow in their father’s career footsteps and girls who do, and for children who long to express themselves creatively.”
Quill & Quire

“With its amusing touch of melodrama, this story is clever and fun – and because of its almost picture-book size, and many ink drawings accentuating the Parisian atmosphere and culture, it’s one of those rare books to bridge the wide gap between picture books and full-scale novels.”
The Toronto Star

“As he did in The Market Wedding, Fagan has created a solid world of real people within a Jewish folklore tradition. Cybèle Young…perfectly captures the Edwardian feel of Paris in the Gay 90s.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Cary Fagan gives readers a wonderfully whimsical and yes, heart–warming, story… Cybèle Young’s charming black and white illustrations give a lovely sense of the times, and overall the book is a magic trick in itself, making play of appearance and reality.”

“…this book captivates and delights from its poster-like cover through to the last triumphant page.”
Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
“[a] charming tale…Young’s illustrations capture the spirit of this…narrative…”
Hadassah Magazine

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Cybèle Young

Cybèle Young is an internationally renowned artist, represented by galleries in New York, London, Vancouver and Calgary. Her art practice and family life have also inspired the creation of several children's books. She was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Illustration in 2000, and has written and illustrated two titles (Ten Birds, Kids Can Press, and A Few Blocks, Groundwood Books).
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