When Claudia Hodges-Bradley meets a fox, she knows it will be an extraordinary day. Not just any fox, this vixen is the magical familiar of the sorceress Morgana Shee. For years Morgana has guarded the solitary gate between Earth and the Wildworld, a shimmering parallel universe where legends still live. She alone holds the secret of the mirrors that serve as the last passage to enchantment. But Morgana has been betrayed and imprisoned in Wildworld, and the fox is determined to recruit the Hodges-Bradley kids for the rescue mission.
Armed only with courage and determination, Alys, Charles, Janie and Claudia must save Morgana before the Winter Solstice when the evil sorcerer Cadal Forge plans to escape Wildworld and conquer Earth. And with December 21 only two weeks away, there is no time to lose….
The great sorceress Morgana Shee guards the last pathway between Earth and Wildworld. Only she has the power to pass between both worlds, except on December 21, the winter solstice. Evil Cadal Forge intends to invade Earth on that day, now only two weeks away. Claudia, her brother and two sisters are enlisted to stop him. They each must contribute their skills in order to brave the haunted house wherein the pathway lies, master the magic mirrors and help Morgana close the pathway. In her first novel, Smith realistically balances the children's Earth lives with their fantasy adventure, a story reminiscent of the Narnia tales. The importance of teamwork is revealed to the charactersand to readersas is the value of their individual talents. Ages 10-up.