Meet Matilda Stubbs. She's nine months old, has six new baby teeth, and loves to send spoonfuls of porridge catapulting through the air. But this is no ordinary baby: Matilda is also a Mallockee -- one of the most powerful creatures in the world. And guess who her big brother is.
In his third heroic adventure, Measle is thrust into his most outlandish predicament yet. How will he ever escape from the spooky, deserted castle, fend off his guardian Wrathmonk, rescue his kidnapped parents, and look after his baby sister? The odds are stacked against him until he learns that, this time, he's got a powerful ally -- Matilda the Mallockee is on his side.
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Ian Ogilvy is the author of two other books about the intrepid Measle Stubbs: Measle and the Wrathmonk and its sequel, Measle and the Dragodon. He is also an actor and has appeared in many plays, as well as in the popular British TV series The Saint, in which he played the title role. He was born in England but now lives in southern California with his wife, his two stepsons, and lots and lots of dogs.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6–In his third adventure, Measle, 12, finds himself in yet another predicament when the Wizards Guild accuses his family of misusing their magical powers. His parents are captured, but Measle; his younger sister, Matilda, a magical and rare wizard who has no limitations on casting spells; and his dog escape with the help of a family friend (a villain in disguise), who whisks them away to Caltrop Castle. With the help of Matilda and Iggy, a meek Wrathmonk, Measle uncovers the truth. All too often, the characters are nothing more than the spell they are capable of performing. Problems are conveniently solved, and the adventure rolls along with no real drama, surprises, or page-turning antics. An easy read, but not a very exciting one.–Carly B. Wiskoff, Great Neck Library, NY
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