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At the House of the Magician by Mary Hooper
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Jul 09, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, adventure
Read in July, 2011

The book opens with Lucy running away from home to escape her drunk and abusive father. Her mother urges her to find work in London, but on the way there she comes across two girls- one stuck in the mud and in danger of drowning. Lucy immediately rushes to help the young girl-getting her own clothes muddy in the process. The young girl and her sister are the daughters of Dr. John Dee, the Queen's magician. Lucy ends up living and working at Dr Dee's house- caring for the children and helping Mistress Midge in the kitchen. Lucy has dreams that later end up coming true. One night she dreams about the death of the Queen. Later Lucy thwarts an assassination attempt on the Queen with the help of a ghost and a jester.
Mary Hooper does a great job of transporting the reader back through time. She has written other books I've enjoyed including At The Sign Of The Sugared Plum which takes place during the Black Plague in London.
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