Anthea Bell

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The Little Water Sprite was first published in 1956. By today’s standards, precious little happens in this coming of age tale about a young, curious water sprite.

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Falling under the category of “man drops out of society and goes off to desert to find himself,” this short novel loses direction midway through.

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“Witches have come a long way since 1957. None will win readers’ hearts as thoroughly as this classic.”

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The Six Swans will inspire many young readers and caring adults who crave tales highlighting heroic females who do not resort to violence to save the day.”

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Suspensful, spectacular, and searing are not adjectives one would use to describe The Calligrapher’s Secret. Intriguing, intelligent, and multifaceted are far more accurate to convey what