When her widower father inherits a castlelike estate in the mountains of West Virginia, 12-year-old Jen is thrilled. It seems like a wish come true. But she quickly realizes that not all change is positive. Her dad has a mysterious new girlfriend, Moura, who slowly drives a wedge between Jen and her father. Furthermore, Moura has an unusually strong—almost obsessive—interest in the antiques that fill the mansion, especially a beautiful glass globe that Jen finds hanging in a window. When Jen's cat accidentally breaks the globe, which Moura calls a "witch catcher," strange things begin to happen. . . .

An odd-looking girl wearing a torn dress appears, seemingly out of nowhere, and Moura's behavior becomes more sinister, leading Jen to believe that her father is a pawn in an evil scheme. Soon Jen finds herself caught in the midst of a supernatural war, with the fate of an enchanted race—and her family—at stake.

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  • West Virginia Children's Book Award



"A fast-paced, suspenseful fantasy in which an appealing heroine stands against forces seemingly beyond her control."—ALA Booklist

"An intriguing read."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Page-turning suspense."—School Library Journal

"An original fantasy/horror adventure. . . . Hahn's fans and devotees of Emily Rodda's many series will be heartily pleased."—Kirkus Reviews

"This unpredictable yarn, enhanced by the issue of trust, takes delightful flights of fancy with refreshing characters. It will trap readers quicker than a witch catcher."—Chicago Sun-Times

"Hahn's many fans will come right along on this author's first foray into magical fantasy, one that blends the appeal of a sympathetic protagonist in a friends-and-family story with the thrill of a fight to defeat dark forces."—The Horn Book

ISBN-13/EAN: 978-0-618-50457-2 Hardcover