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A charming hunt

A charming hunt
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First Published: Sat, Oct 11 2008. 12 32 AM IST

Updated: Sat, Oct 11 2008. 12 32 AM IST
Let the little girls lose themselves in this fun, fantasy world of princesses, castles, charms and a big bad spider. More interestingly, The Charmseekers is not one book. It is a series of 13 interlinked adventures of Sesame Brown, the charmseeker.
Charm is a queen who rules over a parallel world called Karisma, far away from Earth. She is a wise and beautiful ruler loved by all her subjects. Well, almost all — there is Zorgan, a wicked sorcerer who wants to get rid of her.
Zorgan has a mission. He wants to steal the queen’s bracelet (which is a charmed one). Silversmith, a wise woman who is the advisor to the royal family, had given the bracelet to Charm in order to protect her and make sure that all would be well in the kingdom — if the bracelet remained with the queen.
Zorgan’s accomplice in his endeavour to steal the bracelet is Morbrecia, the queen’s jealous sister, who wants the crown. The sorcerer turns Morbrecia into a spider (Charm is petrified of spiders) and gets her to steal the charmed bracelet. Bracelet gone, the entire palace is thrown into a tizzy.
Silversmith is the only one who knows that it will take a charmseeker to get the bracelet back from the wicked Zorgan’s hands. But she needs a seeker from the outer world (Earth, or Outworld, as the Karismans call it). Unknown to the others, however, is the fact that the bracelet has been broken. The 13 charms making it up have been flung all over Karisma.
That’s the cue for the heroine, Sesame, to step in. Enters Sesame (unknown to her, she is whisked away by Silversmith while shopping with her friend) and helped by the two friendly Tunganoras, Fig and Hob, she scours the land in the hope of getting the bracelet back for the queen. Lined up against her is the sorcerer, Morbrecia, a maze that is difficult to get out of, and the repulsive gribblers. Sesame’s work is cut out: Locate the 13 charms and rescue Karisma.
Sesame’s adventures are interspersed with her having to visit Earth — her father, Nic, best friend, Maddy, and grandmother — between each assignment in Karisma. Amy Tree takes the reader down into a fantastic, bewitching world of good, old-fashioned intrigue and suspense. There is more to the story than just the adventures of Sesame. The author has coined quite a few words that could well turn out to be the lingo for many of the readers of the Charmseekers series.
Sample a few. Hushish (a word used to express dismay), Quisto (exclamation of surprise), Vixee (a gleeful triumphant exclamation), Slitey (sly or untrustworthy), Fairsay (okay, all right) and Magwort (probably the worst word you can call anyone — generally means a fool).
An added attraction of Charmseekers: The book has a free bracelet and heart charm inside. But this is just the first link in the chain. One has to read the entire series to collect all the 13 charms that make up the bracelet.
Parents, here is a tip: The Charmseekers books lend themselves to ideas in case you are looking for what to do on birthdays or when your daughter and her friends are bored stiff. Throw a Charmseekers’ party or organize a Charmseekers’ treasure hunt.
The writer is the editor of Heek,a children’s magazine. Write to lounge@livemint.com
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First Published: Sat, Oct 11 2008. 12 32 AM IST
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