The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel

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$16.99  $15.80
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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5.8 X 8.5 X 1.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

SUSAN HILL LONG is the author of Whistle in the Dark, named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. You can read more about her work at


"I love this book--an uproarious, thoughtful, touching, absurd, ans altogether splendid adventure." --Karen Cushman, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Midwife's Apprentice and Catherine, Called Birdy

"In a word--extraordinary!" --Heather Vogel Frederick, author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club

"This book may be about a magic mirror, but it casts a magic spell of its own on the reader. Brilliant!" --Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky

"Susan Hill Long has managed to pack everything I love into one book: adventure, humor, mystery, friendship, romance, magic, and even a pickpocket squirrel! The Magic Mirror is that rare gem of a book that everyone will love." --Barbara O'Connor, author of How to Steal a Dog

"Young readers will cheer for the brave heroine at the center of this adventure, which is filled with mystery, intrigue, and laughter. I loved Maggie and her story!" --Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be

"Long's story is full of twists and surprises. Margaret may not get a traditional happy ending, but her triumph proves all the more satisfying for it." -- Publishers Weekly

"A magic mirror, traded for Margaret's crutch, sets off a merry fugue of medieval travels. Although the focus continually returns to Margaret, the lives of a delightful cast of characters, including her sullen mistress, a wily peddler, a boy with bagpipes, a monk, a beggar, a lonely and frightened princess, and even the wild-eyed man whose face appears to Margaret in the mirror, are gradually untangled and rewoven together." -- School Library Journal

"Margaret's so earnest and charming that it's impossible not to root for her."--Bulletin