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   Frankie!, by Wilanne Schneider Belden  
  Novel, first publication in December 1987
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      The O’Rileys are a most unusual family. There’s Bridgit, an apprentice Witch and an aspiring writer; Daddy, a Real Magician; Pat, a wizard-to-bexfc; and Mother, Mike, and Denny, un-magical but necessary and loved. In fact, when un-Magical Mother has a new baby, he turns out to be the most Magical of all the O’Rileys; seven hours after he’s born, baby Frankie turns into a griffin.

    Bridgit thinks having a griffin brother is the greatest thing in the Real World. Although she and Frankie are especially close, the whole family is in for an education when Mother’ brother Uncle Fran, himself a griffin, arrives to take Frankie under his wing.

    Bridgit and Frankie are always in the thick of the family’s adventures; rescuing impetuous Pat from an unexpected trip to the moon, saving Uncle Jack’s wounded bull during hunting season, helping extinguishing a raging forest fire. There are fun times, too, such as Frankie’s flying lessons and the PTA Halloween carnival, with rides courtesy of Frankie’s friends from Magic.

    Not all residents of Magic are friendly. Morgan le Fay, the beautiful, dangerous Witch who spelled disaster for King Arthur, wants Frankie to become commander of her all-griffin guard. In her attempt to achieve her goal, Morgan will stoop to anything, even sabotaging the whole O’Riley family and the entire town of Kenrad.

    In this humorous fantasy, griffins, wizards, magicians, and witches romp through a small Midwestern town and a place called Magic. Six black-and-white illustrations by Stewart Daniels conjure up an atmosphere of fun, magic, and enchantment.

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  • Humor - Comedy - Satire
  • Magic - Magicians - Sorcerers - Witches - Wizards
  • Shapeshifters - Changelings - Transformation
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