Jenni Spangler writes children’s books with a magical twist. She loves to take real and familiar places and events and add a layer of mystery and hocus-pocus. She was elected for the first year of the ‘Write Mentor’ scheme and lives in Staffordshire with her husband and two children. She loves old photographs, picture books and tea, but is wary of manhole covers following an unfortunate incident.
Leander is an orphan, making his way in the world on just his wits. So when he meets Madame Pinchbeck, a mysterious woman who promises to give him a job and a home in return for his mother’s precious locket, he leaps at the chance. But Pinchbeck’s bargain isn’t a fair one. Instead she enchants the locket, turning it into a magical cabinet and trapping Leander inside to be summoned and vanished at will. And Leander isn’t the only child Pinchbeck has captured. Along with his new friends, Charlotte and Felix, he finds himself in a race against time to break Pinchbeck’s spell, before one of them vanishes forever…
‘A thrilling, original, evocative and eerie tale – I adored it!’ – Michelle Harrison, author of ‘A Pinch of Magic’
‘A thrilling page-turner. Madame Pinchbeck is a gloriously Dickensian villain.’ – Abi Elphinstone, author of ‘Sky Song’
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