The Rope Trick

By Alexander, Lloyd

Publishers Summary:
Motivated by her quest to learn a legendary rope trick, the magician Princess Lidi and her troupe embark on a journey through Renaissance Italy that intertwines adventure, love, and mystery.

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ISBN
978-0-52547-020-5
Publisher
Dutton


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2002

Gr 5-7 Ever a wizard with words, Alexander imbues this tale of a young magician on a quest with whiffs of mystery-though he concludes with an abrupt bit of literary legerdemain that reads as if he ran out of steam. Impelled by the failures of her father, copper-tressed Lidi is determined to become the greatest of magicians, which means tracking down elusive master magician, Ferramondo, and persuading him to part with the secret of his fabled Rope Trick. The search takes Lidi, along with her hulking, fatherly roustabout Jericho; Daniella, a small child who se...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2002

Many eagerly describe the elusive Ferramondo's trick of vanishing into thin air from the top of a mysteriously suspended rope, but no one, apparently, has ever actually seen the famous magician do it. Still, Lidi is determined to see the fabled stunt, propelled by the memory of her father's gibes ("No real magician until you can do the rope trick. You never will"), which troubled her more than his blows ("She could dodge the blows but not the words"). In truth, when Lidi's father died, her skill already surpassed his. On tour in Campania, an Italiana...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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