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New York : Scholastic, 2009
IL 5-8, RL 5.4
ISBN 0545080908
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Fabrizio, an orphaned, street-smart, servant boy, lives in Renaissance Italy, where everyone except his master, Mangus the Magician, is busy plotting to attain power. Mangus knows that people are awed and frightened by his skill as an illusionist, but Frabrizio, who doesnít understand the difference between magic and sleight of hand, gets his master arrested when he answers "Oh yes, my master performs magic!". It takes a printerís devil, Maria, the newly invented printing press, a casket with a secret compartment and Fabrizioís street- smarts to save his master and find out who really is plotting against the king.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
SUBJECTS:     Magicians -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Renaissance -- Italy -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.
                        Historical fiction.

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