As a school librarian, for years I have encouraged young chapter book fantasy readers to jump into a series by E.D. Baker. Released originally in 2002, the first book, The Frog Princess, kept me (an admittedly reluctant fantasy reader) entertained from first page to last. That book was followed up with many more, including Dragon’s Breath, Once Upon a Curse and many more, right up to the 2017 release, Return of the Frog Princess.
Today, I’m highlighting the prequel to The Frog Princess, The Salamander Spell. Grassina is the red-headed younger sister who lacks all the graces of Chartreuse, her lovely, blond, perfect older sister. What’s more, the oldest daughter inherit the magical abilities in the family. Grassina watches her sister for signs of blossoming magic, but seeing none, hopes it will skip her sister and be bestowed upon her. The interest of her mother, Queen Oliviene, lies with Chartreuse and Grassina finds herself left out.
However, events cause changes when the queen is inadvertently cursed, turned into a hag and the kingdom placed in danger, Grassina finds herself on a mission to save her land. Readers who have read other books in the series will find lots of characters better understood after connecting the dots provided in this prequel.
These fantasy tales are full of magic, potions, spells, quests, and, to be honest,some romance. The engrossing fantasy world that Baker creates, combined with witty characters and humor, will inspire readers to collect each and every gem in the series.
Written by E.D. Baker
Accelerated Reader Levels: range approximately 4.8-5.3