Advance Praise for Carnival Magic

“Tess is a thoroughly modern heroine: She's athletic, impulsive, and fearless... The siblings are authentic children [and] the fantastic elements are the stuff of daydreams. Perfect for classroom read-alouds.”

—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Carnival Magic:

"Full of wonder and real-life enchantment, Amy Ephron's Carnival Magic is a charming adventure that will make a believer out of anyone!"
—Rachel Vail, author of Well, That Was Awkward and the Friendship Ring series

Praise for The Castle in the Mist:

“Bursting with imagination and warmth, Amy Ephron’s first novel for young people is a magical book in all ways.”

—Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s

More Praise for The Castle in the Mist:

“Rich description of the castle along with an elaborate map at the book’s beginning and an illustration at the end enhance the fantasy world….A sequel is suggested; beguiled readers will hope it happens.”
Kirkus Reviews

...Things I liked about this book is that it was very exciting and I never wanted to put it down. It was so good. Other things I liked about this book is it's very adventurous, and it's an amazing book. I didn't have anything I didn't like about it, it was just perfect.


—Maggie Manwill
five stars


"There are scenes...that are transcendent in their beautiful, ethereal descriptions [in this] uplifting novel about family and connection."

"A slightly darker, updated take on magical realism classics such as Edward Eager’s Half Magic and E. Nesbit’s The Enchanted Castle."
—School Library Journal

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