Sebastian Garcia, Juliet Okofor, and twins Angus and Celia McNeil could not be more different from one another. But when they accidently discover an enchanted house that once belonged to the great magician, Moriarty Mortimer, everything changes.
Legend has it that somewhere inside the mysterious mansion is the most powerful book of magic ever known, and the kids aren't the only ones hoping to find it. Someone unexpected wants to use it for their evil plan.
Now, they must find the book and use a spell to travel back in time to convince Moriarty Mortimer to teach them magic well enough to defeat a maniacal mad man.
But magic is tricky, so they must work as a team. If they fail, unimaginable power will fall into exactly the wrong hands. If they succeed, they'll go from magicless misfits to guardians of The Book of the Seven Spells.
What Booksellers are Saying
"With mystery, adventure, magic, puzzles, and four diverse protagonist, bestselling adult author Charlie Lovett jumps into the world of young readers and embarks on a new middle grade series with his patented skill, perspective, and historical knowledge. Using the protagonists' self-doubts and strengths, Lovett deftly crafts a magical message of empathy. His world-building is cinematic, and his writing is smart, clever and fun. THE BOOK OF THE SEVEN SPELLS will find a wide range of readers." —Kristen Gilligan, Owner, Tattered Cover Bookstores, Denver, CO
"THE BOOK OF THE SEVEN SPELLS is an action-packed story about powerful magical books and fabled histories, heartfelt friendships and the journey of a team of children to discover their truth and find themselves. THE BOOK OF THE SEVEN SPELLS is a treasury of moving character development, quirky dialogue and exciting plot twists that is sure to have all readers wishing for more. I really like the recipe of this book from start to finish!" —Drew Durham, Children's Specialist, Books, Inc., Burlingame, CA
"Full of adventure, this book captivated me from page one. I love the characters and rich storytelling that always makes Lovett's books exciting and engaging. In my experience as a bookseller and community organizer, I come into contact with many parents and teachers who are looking simply for 'good stories' for their kids. This is the book I want to give them." —Jamie Rogers Southern, Operations Manager, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC & SIBA Board Member
"Kids will root for its heroes and heroines—plucky, flawed, skillful, and brave—and will devour the way book knowledge and child-driven research makes plausible the unfolding of the mystery of Hedley Helm and Mortimer Mansion. Likewise, librarians will appreciate the clear writing, suspenseful plot, and the thoughtful portrayal of each character's insecurities, fears, and talents. It is excellent to see a middle grade fantasy novel feature such a diverse cast of characters! I liked that the characters confronted issues of race, gender, class, and more throughout the novel, showing how assumptions based on the way kids look or act can do harm to them (or become internalized over time). I loved how Charlie developed empathy in each protagonist; by the end of the novel, you didn't just see them come together as a regular school-crew: it made perfect, believable sense. In short, I really did love it!" —Aubrey Restifo, Middle Grade & YA Specialist, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, NH