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The Fantora Family Files by Adèle Geras
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May 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: arbor-intermediates, arbor-juniors

Ozzy, the keeper of The Fantora Family Files, provides a winning mixture of family story, magic, and cat narrator. While its brevity (123-page paperback) will prove alluring to fans of the compact, the writing is literate and buoyant, and the family, each of whom possesses different magical powers, are both wacky and endearingly sensible.

"What were you doing," said Filomena, "if you weren't bathing?"
"I was writing a poem."
"But why the bathroom?" said Eddie. "Not to mention why the bath?"
"It's easily the best place to be when there's moving [house] going on. No one comes in and out with bits of furniture. There's nothing to arrange once the towels and toothbrushes are out. And it's quite comfy lying in the bath. Even without water. I've had a very quiet day. Is supper ready?"

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