Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori

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Things are not right at the Strega-Borgia castle. Signor Luciano Strega-Borgia has been kidnapped. Signora Baci Strega-Borgia is struggling with her spells at the Advanced Witchcraft Institute.Titus and Pandora don’t like their suspiciously cheerful and fearless new nanny. Baby Damp has been accidentally shrunk, e-mailed, and lost on the World Wide Web. And to top it off, there’s a gangster in a bunny suit lurking about. . . .

This seriously over-the-top, gothic romp is sure to have readers clamoring for the next Strega-Borgia adventure.


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About Debi Gliori

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DEBI GLIORI has illustrated many beloved picture books, including Joyce Dunbar's Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep and Tell Me What It's Like to Be Big, along with her own No Matter What and Penguin Post. She lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
Published August 13, 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After being nearly pulped by pieces of slate falling from the roof of their ancient Scottish manor, the Strega-Borgia clan—including its nonhuman retainers, some of whom are mythological—finds itself ruinously expensive temporary lodgings in the nearby town of Auchenlochtermuchty, while slimy bui...

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Mary Poppins meets the Addams Family in a nonstop farce that spins readers and characters through cyberspace, from a cluttered mansion in the Scottish highlands to an elegant Italian palazzo.

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"Gliori's debut novel follows events after a 10-year-old waves her mother's magic wand and loses her baby sister in the modem, merging traditional fantasy with high technology," <E

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Gliori's (Tell Me What It's Like to Be Big) debut novel merges traditional fantasy with high technology; the result is a bit of a conceptual mish-mash wit

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In this follow-up to Pure Dead Magic, the Strega-Borgia family must take up residence in the Auchenlochtermuchty Arms after their roof collapses, and the reconstruction crew conspires to destroy rather than repair their home.

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In Pure Dead Brilliant, Debi Gliori's follow-up to Pure Dead Magic and Pure Dead Wicked, things are as chaotic as ever at the family castle StregaSchloss.

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"Gliori's debut novel follows events after a 10-year-old waves her mother's magic wand and loses her baby sister in the modem, merging traditional fantasy with high technology," PW said.

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When Pandora borrows her mother's magic wand and loses her baby sister in the modem (the technological practicalities are a stretch) the children must rely on a smart-talking spider to rescue Damp from the information superhighway while they also try to save their father from his evil, elephant-n...

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Kidz World

Although Halloween is the perfect time to leaf through all the spooky books in the library, some of those books are only suited for the Halloween season.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Laughter and chaos fill page after page of PURE DEAD BRILLIANT, the third installment in the "Pure Dead" series.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Some books are serious, some books are funny, some books are fantasy, some books are weird.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Author Debi Gliori, who lives in Scotland, has also written Pure Dead Magic, Pure Dead Wicked, and Pure Dead Brilliant.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Plenty - they’re all a part of the bewitching fun of Pure Dead Brilliant, Debi Gliori’s third (and to me, best) installment in the Pure Dead series.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Back in black are the Stregia-Borgia clan, Scotland’s humorous and wildly entertaining family that’s part Harry Potter, part Lemony Snicket, and part Addams Family, in the second book in Debi Gliori’s “Pure Dead” series.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

and an unthawed great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother (Strega-Nona) who helps to save the day - these are just a few of the ingredients that make Pure Dead Trouble, the fourth book in Debi Gliori’s Pure Dead series of children’s books, so entertaining and so much fun to read.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori is purely a fun, rollicking good book sure to please fans of Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, the Addams Family, and Mary Poppins.

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