The Summer of Shambles (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Summer of Shambles Ondine de Groot is a normal fifteen-year-old who lives with her family in the European country of Brugel. She has a pet ferret called Shambles. But Shambles is no ordinary ferret... He's Hamish McPhee, a boy cursed by a witch. A witch who happens to be related to Ondine.
- Published: 05 April 2010
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781405249614 ISBN 10: 1405249617
- Sales rank: 74,287
Reviews for The Summer of Shambles
I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a long time. If you enjoyed The Princess Bride or Ella Enchanted then this book is one you must read. Dare I say, in many ways I think it even out-shined those. This novel has the perfect mixture of magic, fun, and romance. I'm looking forward to reading more by this talented author. by Heather McCorkle
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A Witch Did This!
In the small country of Brugel a girl is spending her summer holidays at Psychic Summercamp, a very real summer school that is not at all as fun as you might believe. Ondine having slept through an exam has had enough and has decided to run away to home, but she doesn't leave alone. A ferret, Shambles, has decided to leave with her.
On the journey home Ondine is shocked to discover that Shambles, the ferret, can talk. More then that he was in the past a real boy. By the time she arrives home she has learnt the how and why this is possible, however there is little time to ponder this now as things at home are hectic.
As the youngest of three daughters, Ondine along with her sisters face their greatest challenge in their overprotective father. This is despite the murderous plots, crippling gossip and thieves in the night. But there are some good things to look forward to too; a recovered treasure, a handsome duke and a new romance.
Ondine is a very simple but charming story of magic, mystery and love. As the first in a series this book offers a little of everything, including some very quirky little footnotes. Although not the story of water nymphs I had imagined it to be, those of you who know the mythology behind the name Ondine will know what I'm talking about, it is non the less an ideal read for any young girl looking for a pinch of mystery, a dash of enchantment, and a stirring of romance. by Larissa McGrath
Ondine...one spell to be broken
This witty tale begins with Ondine escaping from Psychic Summercamp with her newly acquired ferret Shambles. She runs 'away to home', to her parents tavern 'The Station' where she works long hours helping serve pub meals and washing dishes. This story has all the ingredients necessary for a satisfying read - some hidden treasure, a gorgeous guy bewitched into animal form, an evil villain masquerading as a charming bachelor and three sisters in love. The direct addresses from the author to the reader are interesting, very humorous and even enlightening and with such a friendly, intimate narrative style, you cannot help but feel that McKenna is indeed speaking directly to you as you read. Just past the halfway mark, I could not put 'Ondine' down, I'm a sucker for a good love story. Ondine is a wonderful read; I can't wait for the sequel! by Kerryn Boyko