cover image THE ROPE TRICK


Lloyd Alexander, . . Puffin, $6.99 (195pp) ISBN 978-0-14-240119-4

Magician Lidi recruits an orphan and an outcast as she seeks out the great Ferramondo to learn the one magic trick she is unable to do. PW said, "Even as the outsize characterizations and rollicking adventure amuse, the compassionate vision of life's possibilities is likely to bring a lump to the throat." Ages 10-up. (Aug.)