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The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French
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The very evil Lady Lamorna fancies a new dress made of the deepest, darkest black velvet encrusted with silvery skulls. She puts in her order with the Ancient Crones sent by bat messenger, Marlon. When she finds her treasure chest empty, however, she realizes there is no way to pay for her gorgeously wicked new dress. Lady Lamorna will stop at nothing to get the gold to pay for her dress. She resorts to blackmail, kidnapping, and all sorts of treachery. Her one true talent rests in turning princes into frogs...Prince, Zap, Frog!

She sets off with her servant troll, Grumble to find princes to turn into frogs, but is met with a Trueheart, Gracie Gillypot and two fiesty, yakking bats, Millie and Marlon and a very unprince-like prince, Marcus. Gracie's evil, but beautiful step-sister, Foyce and step-father Mange, have made Gracie's life miserable. When Foyce teams up with Lady Lamorna, Gracie, Marcus, Millie, and Marlon race to thwart all the evil plans. The Ancient Crones lend a hand where they can, but in the end, Gracie and Marcus must use their ingenuity and wits to put Foyce and Lady Lamorna in their proper place.

The Robe of Skulls is the first book in the new series Tales from the Five Kingdoms and is cleverly and spookily illustrated by Ross Collings.

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