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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • 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: 5.1 x 1.1 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,774,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
The Flame in the Mist is a really cute middle grade book that younger readers (and even older readers) are going to enjoy! While YA and adult fantasy novels can be a bit more intense, this one is geared toward kids and is more light. It's full of interesting characters, a unique plot, humor, and a-freakin-dorable sidekicks, a.k.a the rats (you can see them on the girls shoulders in the picture.) I'm a big fan of middle grade paranormal and fantasy books, and I'm so excited to introduce you all to this one!

Jemma Agromond is the main character in The Flame in the Mist. Younger readers are really going to relate to her and sympathize with her situation. Jemma was just a really solid character who was just....good. The Flame in the Mist has its evil aspects to it, but Jemma is kind of like the white light of the story. Readers are going to be rooting for her throughout this whole story. I know I was!.

What I loved about this book is that it's full of action scenes. I was constantly on my toes, waiting to see what was going to happen next. Magic also plays a key role in this book. Let's be honest...who doesn't like some cool magic? I thought that it really worked in this book, and I was always excited to see what was going to happen next. There were also some very cool myths and unique characters that made appearances in this book.

Like most books, The Flame in the Mist did have its share of problems. The book started off very strong. When I first started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. It was just addictive, and I loved it. When I got toward the middle of the book, though, things started to slow down a bit. When Jemma was in the forest, the scenes started to feel very repetitive.
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Format: Hardcover
Most fantasy novels have a serious tone, with skirmishes and situations that offer the harshest consequences and the greatest triumphs imaginable. Reading a book like The Flame in the Mist, however, reminds me of just how fun they can be! While the stakes are certainly high for Jemma and her allies, while there’s gore and blood and death, there’s something light in its tone, perhaps due to its target age group – middle grade readers. With a simple plot and some rather… interesting companion characters, this novel was pretty good.

Jemma Agromond is a character that the reader will feel for, as she seems plagued by endless secrets, life-threatening circumstances and an aggravating family (and that’s being nice). It’s easy to want Jemma to triumph because she seems like such a nice character. She’s intelligent, witty, brave and very determined to do whatever the right thing might be. She is not a perfect character, however, as readers discover that she harbors doubts, fears and a whole lot of anger. This combination of good traits and bad ones is really what is successful in making Jemma seem real and accessible.

The story is really twisted (in a good way), chock full of shocking revelations and interesting lore. I liked that it felt like Jemma was on a quest (twice) in the novel. It always felt very exciting to see her plunged into action and forced to fight against the evil that threatened to outdo her. I found myself reading quickly whenever big moments happened, curious to see if Jemma would survive it. Plus, the revelations were unexpected and the magic brought things up to an entirely different level! There are so many strong elements to this novel, and Grindstaff did an excellent job pulling it together.
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