Fforde’s The Song of the Quarkbeast is a funny and charming second entry in a trilogy that both parents and their middle graders will enjoy. Our pragmatic Jennifer Strange is at it again, and readers will welcome the chance to get to know her protégé, young Tiger.

Jennifer Strange has triumphed, if somewhat ungracefully and accidentally, in facilitating the return of Big Magic in the Ununited Kingdoms. But she’s never without her enemies, and always under the watchful eye of the fickle public. Jennifer and her ragtag team of nearly useless wizards are the underdogs again, but they won’t go down without a fight. (HARCOURT, Sep., 304 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780547738482, HC, 10 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Ellen Parsons