Alchemy by Margaret Mahy

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When Roland's teacher gives him an unusual assignment instead of punishment for shoplifting, he thinks he is home free. All he has to do is find out what he can about a classmate, Jess Ferret, and report back to his teacher. But there is something less than straightforward about this request, especially because the more Roland learns about Jess, the more confused he becomes. Her house is sinisterly tidy, her parents are never home, mysterious books line the bookshelves, and, most intriguing of all, Jess is apparently a student of alchemy.

Why is Roland's teacher so interested in Jess? Why has a shady magician from Roland's past suddenly come back into his life? What exactly are the voices in Roland's head cautioning him against? And what is the reason for Jess Ferret's knowledge about alchemy? In searching for answers Roland finds himself trapped in a mysterious web of magic, power, and greed. This is the story of a terrifying war of magic versus willpower, told only as award-winning author Margaret Mahy can.

 

About Margaret Mahy

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Margaret Mahy was born on March 21, 1936 in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. She received a B.A. degree from the University of New Zealand. She worked as a nurse, an assistant librarian, and a children's librarian in England and New Zealand. Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969. She became a full-time author in 1980. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 120 children's books including The Haunting, The Changeover, Memory, A Lion in the Meadow, The Seven Chinese Brothers, and The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. She won the Esther Glen Award five times, the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association three times, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 1999, she won the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award in two categories, Picture Book and Supreme Award. She died after a brief illness on July 23, 2012 at the age of 76.
 
Published April 1, 2003 by Margaret K. McElderry. 224 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Roland, initially only concerned with saving his relationship with his beautiful girlfriend and protecting his reputation as prefect at Crichton Academy, ends up falling in love with Jess Ferret, fighting evil forces, and learning something about friendship, family, and the value of everyday life.

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As Roland slowly learns of Jess's interest in alchemy, he becomes reacquainted with his own magical powers and also must face his feelings about his father, who left the family seven years previously.

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It's in the top 10 books i've ever read and i am an avid reader Remarks This book ROCKS for one theres cussing and its also interesting finally i can throw away harry potter and enjoy something more suitable for my age and tastes ALCHEMY ROCKS Remarks When I started reading this book I felt...

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Rina-chan rates it 5 out of 5 -- This book ROCKS for one theres cussing and its also interesting finally i can throw away harry potter and enjoy something more suitable for my age and tastes ALCHEMY ROCKS Ryan Geard rates it 5 out of 5 -- I thought this was a great book even though ...

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