Chapman’s novel has it all — international intrigue; colorful, well-rendered characters; romance; suspense; the frenetic, edgy Manhattan-Greenwich scene, leavened with enough Bay Area — Stanford, spirituality, food, wine and coastal castles — to keep it fun throughout.
“Young Mister Wugidgem is a fantasy, a mystery, and a family saga all rolled into one. At the heart of the book are the charming Wugidgems: father Will, a professional magician, mother Joan, a very rational lawyer, the brave thirteen-year-old James, and the spunky little Sally. When evil forces threaten their family on James’s birthday, all four Wugidgems must awaken their slumbering magical powers to ward it off. In the process, they learn how the past entangles the present. As the family work together to defeat evil and to escape from the past, their love and respect for each other are strengthened. All four Wugidgems are unusual, entertaining, and attractive. Every reader will have a favorite.”
Nancy Huddleston Packer, Stanford Professor Emeritus, Creative Writing Department
“Author Allan Chapman is a talented and original children’s writer whose skills at crafting interesting stories will entertain young readers and are recommended for both schools and community library Fantasy Fiction collections.”
The Midwest Book Review
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