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Length: 208 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Series: Fiona Thorn (Book 1)
Age Level: 9 - 18 Grade Level: 3 - 9

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Barton’s explosive middle-grade fantasy debut tells about an orphan’s quest to save her magical best friend.

This epic fantasy, the first in a planned series, opens with the young Fiona asking a magical pond called Moonshadow how she can save her imprisoned best friend, a fairy named Jaydin. The pond responds that Fiona must offer her own life for Jaydin’s: “Pay in kind or the winds will still.” Jaydin has been accused of casting a Carpacem spell upon the king’s son, rendering the young boy nearly catatonic, yet totally awake. It’s the worst spell a magic user can inflict on someone, and the king doesn’t take it lightly—he imprisons Jaydin and threatens to execute him. With time running out, Fiona travels to the castle on her trusty talking horse, Manzy, and on the way picks up three princesses: Rhiannon, the bossy oldest; Isabel, the whiny middle child; and adorable Cricket, the youngest, who has a way of growling at her enemies and finding trouble. Manzy convinces the princesses to help save Jaydin by talking to their father, the king. As the adventure progresses, the group travels through dank tunnels beneath the castle, is locked in a dungeon and escapes into dangerous woods. Fiona’s penchant for explosives and magical spells adds to the fun. Teenage readers will no doubt relate to fiery Fiona and her need to stand up for what’s right, assert her independence and be true to her friends. Barton’s prose is clear and easy to read; it paints a fantastical, well-drawn picture of her fictional world, yet offers realistic, relatable characters throughout.

Young fantasy fans will likely enjoy this richly imagined tale and will eagerly await its next installment.

About the Author

Jen Barton was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1971 and spent much of her life on the East Coast. In 2008, at age 36, she and her family moved to California. With two cars, she and her husband moved two dogs, two guinea pigs, a cornsnake and their 10-year old daughter across the country. She counts the five day road trip, including a near escape by both dogs on Day 3, as one of her best experiences to date. In 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Millersville University, Barton realized her childhood dream to become a writer. One van full of bored kids, one long day of travel, and Fiona Thorn was born. She’s been writing ever since. When not taxiing her teenage daughter hither and yon, Barton loves reading (especially fantasy by George R. R. Martin), cooking (anything with pasta is a hit), and writing (magical worlds with obstinate teen girls is always a favorite).

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Jen Barton was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1971 and spent much of her life on the East Coast. In 2008, at age 36, she and her family moved to California. With two cars, she and her husband moved two dogs, two guinea pigs, a cornsnake and their 10-year old daughter across the country. She counts the five day road trip, including a near escape by both dogs on Day 3, as one of her best experiences to date.

In 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Millersville University, Barton realized her childhood dream to become a writer. One van full of bored kids, one long day of travel, and Fiona Thorn was born. She's been writing ever since.

When not taxiing her teenage daughter hither and yon, Barton loves reading (especially fantasy by George R. R. Martin), cooking (anything with pasta is a hit), and writing (magical worlds with obstinate teen girls is always a favorite).

In 2012 Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Southern California Book Festival. Later that year Barton was named 1st Runner Up in America's Next Author for her compelling short story of an old woman trapped in her own body, "Movin' On Up."

Listen to a great podcast interview with Bill Thompson on The Bookcast (www.thebookcast.com-search Jen Barton), and for more fun BlogTalk Radio interviews see www.fionathornbook.com or JenBartonWrites on FB.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katy Brodsky on December 16, 2012
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This book casts a spell over the reader.It's one of those stories that you rethink and re-imagine.
In that way it has stardust quality. Very nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By My Full Bookshelf Reviews on July 16, 2013
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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell has great characters as well as a fun and non-cliched plot. I honestly could not put it down!

The book is middle grade/YA, but it isn't too light like some books in this age range are. It's the perfect mix of dark and light fantasy. It's original, too, and I know I've been saying that a lot lately, but this book really is. Not once did I think, 'Hmm, this reminds me of...' Everything had a new twist on it; even the fairies, and that's coming from a girl who went through a HUGE phase with fairies. If I think it's original, it most likely is.

But the characters are the thing that make this book great. They are full of personality, and none of them can be considered Mary Sues. Each has their strengths as well as their flaws. (Bossiness, stubborness, etc.) Fiona was definitely my favorite character, followed by Cricket, followed by that cute little troll! (He's not exactly a main character, but he was simply adorable!) I loved Fiona's feistiness, and Cricket was just adorable. And Fiona's devotion for her friend Jaydin was really touching.

I am so glad I read this book, and I would highly recommend it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By caroline e taylor on September 5, 2012
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Kids on a quest to save the world isn't the most original concept, but the characters and magical world in Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell sure are. Fiona lights up the pages with her desire to blow things sky high, and her sarcastic and funny tone. I cracked up many times. By her side is Manzanita Rose, an intelligent horse who tries to talk sense to her impulsive friend, mostly in vain.

Along the way they encounter the three princesses of Amryn, who seem to have nothing better to do than argue with each other. Rhiannon, the oldest, is haughty and spoiled, and delights in tormenting the middle sister, Isabel. And the youngest, Cricket, reminded me a little of Sunny from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Very funny. Especially when she uses her powers.

The fairies are awesome, and so vivid, floating off the page before your eyes. The baddies even strike the right balance between pure evil and bumbling incompetence. The whole book is littered with interesting, memorable characters that turn this classic storyline into something special. I highly recommend it for any middle school girl, though to be honest, you might end up reading it yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MomBlogger on November 1, 2012
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Fiona Thorn & the Carapacem Spell is a fun fantasy book for elementary and middle grade readers. Fiona is a stubborn, young girl with some amazing gifts. She sets out to rescue her friend Jayden who was accused of a crime he did not commit, but determines to do things the hard way. She is rude at times and makes many mistakes but her heart is in the right place. This fanciful story is filled with fun-loving creatures, annoying and adorable princesses, and many other characters both magical and non-magical. An adventure that most kids will really enjoy.

I personally had a hard time getting into the story, but after the first couple of chapters I was able to figure out what was happening and it made the book much more enjoyable. A good book for those who love fairies, fantasy and girls full of mischief.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author for this review - all reviews are my personal and honest opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Harman on November 7, 2012
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I encountered the author's writing when I was visiting a site devoted to short stories. I read hers and thought it was brilliant. I immediately wanted to read more.

When I began the Fiona book, I had no idea that I would become immersed in a world of fairies where animals and other objects are given human characteristics. What I've really taken away from this book, beyond the charming story and characters (and yes there are bad guys), is that if a writer is truly gifted, there can be a transcendence of genres. Ms. Barton writes just as brilliantly in this genre as she did in the short story I read, a contemporary story of a woman living in a nursing home, hoping to end her life. There is absolutely no correlation between the two except for the brilliant writing and descriptions which invite the reader into the charming story. This is a book I would feel comfortable recommending to anyone, no matter what their genre of choice!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yambor on February 11, 2015
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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell by: Jen Barton
Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a book about an adventurous girl and the series of adventures that she goes through to save her friend. It is easy to say that the main character, Fiona Thorn, is a complex character with simple morals. She values love, friendship, trust, loyalty, and faith. Fiona Thorn is a prickly character at times but she brings the story to life. Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a mixed tale of real life values and problems with a fairytale twist, including, talking animals, evil villains, fairies, and enchanted forests. Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a book that children of all ages will enjoy but can be specifically catered to the middle school population.
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