Secrets of Hexbridge Castle & Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief

Secrets of Hexbridge CastleSecrets of Hexbridge Castle
by Gabrielle Kent
Grdes 4 & up

Alfie Bloom has been miserable since his mother died. His father spends most of his time either working or trying to invent things. He has only one friend at school and she will be out of town all summer. All of this changes on the last day of school, when Alfie learns that he has inherited the mysterious Hexbridge Castle. He knows of the castle of course, his cousins live nearby. But he never imagined the magical secrets that the castle has held on to all of these years and the role he is to play. Full of adventures, twists, and plenty of magic, this first book in a new series will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief (Alfie Bloom #2)Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief
by Gabrielle Kent
Grades 4 & up

Now that Alfie has learned the true story of the the castle he has inherited, he is enjoying exploring it and learning about the rest of the secrets it holds. His best friend Amy is visiting for Beltane, and he is enjoying hanging out with her and his cousins. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Ashford the butler has been sneaking off through a portal. He is followed back one night and the castle is attacked by elves. Ashford is kidnapped and Alfie’s talisman is demanded as the ransom. It is up to Alfie, Amy, Robin, and Madeleine to figure out how to rescue Ashford, save the castle, and defeat the elves. A fabulous sequel! Must read the first book in order to understand this one. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

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