Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a Hous (Paperback)
Flora is the best heroine. She has a lot of spunk. She also has a lot of responsibility; taking care of a massive home (Crackpot Hall) while her Mother (a workaholic) and her Father (an alcoholic) remain largely absent from her life. One day, while wandering the sprawling (and ever-changing) home she stumbles upon the long disappeared bibliotheque, releasing the old, deposed butler from his isolation. Funny, gorgeous writing and a precocious heroine…what more can you ask for?— From Krys
Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall--the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. Huge mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler--and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever. Full of wildly clever plot twists, this extraordinary first novel establishes Ysabeau Wilce as a compelling new voice in teen fantasy.
"One of the freshest fantasies I’ve read in years."--Charles de Lint "Highly original, strange, and amusing."--Diana Wynne Jones "Thirteen-year-old Flora Segunda is a charming narrator . . . Like Pullman’s Lyra Silvertongue or Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching."--The New York Times Book Review