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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385361564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385361569
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,661,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-8-Jemma lives in moldering old Agromond Castle with her nasty brother and sister, her evil parents, and her two pet rats. She doesn't share her family's inclination for wickedness and runs away from home when she learns that the Agromonds stole her from her real parents long ago in order to commandeer her innate magical power on her 13th birthday. The remainder of this turgid fantasy follows Jemma as she tries to get away from the murderous Agromonds to her real parents before she loses her magic forever. On her journey, she is thwarted by hostile mist, vile beasts, and brutal villagers. All ends well eventually and the villains get their just deserts, but not before readers must trudge through long, boring episodes interspersed with scenes full of blood and gore. The cuteness of Jemma crooning to her adorable pet rats clashes bizarrely with the revelation that the Agromonds have been murdering children to sustain their dominance. The slow-moving plot feels cobbled together and the setting is as hazy as the magical mist. For recent atmospheric fantasy with sinister characters, introduce patrons to William Alexander's Goblin Secrets or Stacy DeKeyser's Brixen Witch (both S & S, 2012).-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

In a bleak, eerie castle surrounded by a permanently obfuscating fog, Jemma is the outcast in a family driven by dark power and secrecy. On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, while awaiting the arrival of her own powers, she discovers that her parents may not be her parents after all, and so she runs away with her only remaining friends—telepathic rats—in hopes of finding the whole truth of her parentage and escaping the grim fate that will be dealt her once her powers evidence themselves. Wandering in the fog in search of answers and hope, Jemma discovers her true abilities and greatness. Richly atmospheric, this first novel paints a vivid picture of a heroine strong in her convictions and determination in the face of a centuries-old adversarial power. While the plot sometimes meanders through the ever-present fog, fantasy readers will recognize the hero’s quest and be satisfied with its resolution. Grades 4-7. --Heather Booth --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Kit Grindstaff was born near London, and grew in the rolling countryside of England, complete with old villages, spooky castles, and Dickensian mists. After a brush with pop stardom (under her maiden name, Hain), she moved to New York and became a successful song writer. Kit now lives with her husband in Pennsylvania, where she still writes songs as well as children's books.

The Flame In The Mist, her first novel, is the winner of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' 2014 Atlantic region Crystal Kite award.

You can connect with Kit via her website http://www.kitgrindstaff.com, on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kitgrindstaff and on Twitter @kitgrindstaff, and pretty much tempt her to go anywhere there's great sushi and/or puppies.

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It is a page turner from start to finish.
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Very well written with a wonderful "spiritual" touch ...From the Darkness to the Light, every character was interesting & exciting !
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It enabled me to leave my worries behind and just have a really good time.
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Format: Hardcover
Mist enshrouds Anglavia.

But this is no ordinary phenomenon of the weather, this is the work of the Agromond family. The mist has lasted 300 years and it never rises. Indeed, worse than that, it is expanding as the Agromonds extend their domination over Anglavia. The mist is the tool of the family's baleful power, and in the way it blots out the sun, it also embodies the dull, aching abjection into which it precipitates Anglavia's enslaved people.

But at the very start of the book we read of the young woman who escaped the clutches of that family, her own family, and turned to a young man of wisdom for collaboration and love in the distant past. Since then, we've known of the prophecy that some day another young woman would emerge, again from within the family, to oppose it and the mist with which it envelopes the land.

Jemma with her brilliant red hair is the flame who can dispel the mist. And the book takes us along the path she follows as she battles the Agromonds who brought her up. She takes on powerful enemies, striving to overcome her own failings and fears in order to stand up to them. And among the most redoubtable of her enemies is the mist itself: a gripping passage takes us on her terrible journey through that cloying dampness, in which the way is constantly lost and for a long time she's condemned to wander, unknown to herself, in circles.

For the mist isn't simply physical. It has a way of getting into minds too. As it clouds vision externally and misleads the unwary step, it can also enter the mind and distort its thoughts, misleading the unwary soul that thinks or feels too clearly against the Agromonds. For they created the Mist as their servant.

Jemma is not, however, alone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By itsjanene on April 15, 2013
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Just finished The Flame in the Mist - couldn't put it down actually for two days and have now had to file a tax extension today. It was wonderful and so very magical. In the same way that I loved Philip Pullman's books and J. K. Rowling's also, an amazing world is created by Ms. Grindstaff, filled with some deliciously awful characters and some so good and well meaning, that you just have to cheer them onwards. Sure, girls will love it and wish they had red hair but I think adults will also totally love it as I did The Flame in the Mist. I can't wait for my mom and cousin, sister and husband to read it now. I think possibly Kit Grindstaff's first book will do for red hair what Harry Potter did for glasses, make it totally cool! More stories please about Jemma and Digby!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Django on April 10, 2013
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A friend turned me on to this book while it was still in draft form (she knew the author.) I didn't think I would like this genre in fiction but I was captivated and read it in one sitting. Jemma, the main character, is a very feisty girl with a real calling for seeking out the truth within herself as well as in the good and evil that surrounds her in old Anglavia. The atmosphere that the author creates can almost be physically felt - the constant cold, damp mist which envelops and veils everything, hearing desperate cries in the night, the heavy, trudging footsteps, the creaking of huge old doors, the shrieks of terror and despair, etc. On a lighter note, the squeaks of the very special Noodle and Pie, good, loyal and friendly voices and presences, and surprising twists in who or what is deemed evil and/or good. You can literally feel the warmth whenever good trumps evil, and the ice cold, back-tingling, hair on neck raising deep shiver when it looks like evil will triumph. But will it?

Great read, indeed.
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By Harlow on July 6, 2014
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MY GRANDAUGHTER LOVED THIS BOOK
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The Flame In the Mist delivers just what it promises, the glow of a brave young protagonist, Jemma, amidst the darkness of a villainous family, a spooky, dank castle, and strange, dark threats. Kit Grindstaff tempers the gloom with lighter touches of quirky supporting characters (including fabulous telepathic golden rats named Noodle and Pie), rich setting details, and suspense. For those who love a good mystery and appreciate a bit of spookiness. Voted a 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner.
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Format: Hardcover
You'll love reading The Flame in the Mist if you enjoy books by CS Lewis, JK Rowling, Madeleine L'Engle. Rick Riordan, and Brandon Mull.

I highly recommend this delightful new book for readers of all ages.

Once I started reading I could not put it down. Then I read it again with my family. I would love to see you write a sequel Kit!
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Excellent book. not as dark as some choices but the characters are as interesting and riveting. I bought it for my niece who is 12 and she devoured the book and is hoping for a sequel.
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Okay, first of all you just gotta love the rats; Noodle and Pie. They are just so cute and awesome! However when they were swept away by the river, I got misty eyed.
If your in grades 6-10 and looking for a book that has a ginger haired heroine, it's perfect for you. It's very suspenseful and beautifully paced. However it did have an abrupt ending. Other than that, I liked it.
The sadness and adventures kept my eyes literally glued to the book. I hope you enjoy!!!!
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