Genres: Children, Fantasy
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Toad thought itâd be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isnât the best of thieves. Caught in the act, heâs in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.
All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isnât very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, sheâs determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what.
When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries donât carry Mr. Owlâs ingredients. Luckily, Melenaâs willing to help, for a price.
With Melenaâs pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toadâs enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?
[LeGette is] able to twist her unique fairy-tales to fit the imagination of children and the attention of adults. Five stars â¦ The Orphan and the Thief is definitely worth reading! â Abigail / Goodreads Review
M.L. Legette conjures up a captivating magical tale in The Orphan and the Thief. I loved this story and I could not put my Kindle down until I finished the last page. This charming story is so good that it may very well become a classic. â Karen Dowdall, Author of Delphi Altair: Strange Beginnings
Panicking, Toad rushed, âCome on, Gent. Thereâs gotta be somethinâ that ya want! My prices are reasonable!â
âThe price is your life,â Mr. Owl stated, gently placing the dragon statue upon the desk.
Mr. Ogg stopped again, his ham-sized hands falling back to his sides. Toad fell silent, too stunned to dare hope that he wasnât about to be killed.
âLet me explain how this will work, Mr. Toad. If tonight was like any other night I would happily see your neck snapped and toss you out like the bit of filth that you are.â He gave a heavy sigh. âHowever, the Hickory Guard have become annoyingly tedious ever since that upstart became Captain.â
âYa mean Dowell?â asked Toad.
âThe man has become so inflated with self importance that heâs actually having me followed. Can you imagine? Me?â
âThatâs â¦ awful?â said Toad awkwardly, unsure how to respond.
âSo, you will forgive me for not wanting to waste Mr. Oggâs talents on you with so little preplanning.â He gave the window a casual glance. âIâm sure a guard is stationed outside somewhere and disposing of your body without detection will be troublesome to say the least.â
âPardon me, sir,â Mr. Ogg interrupted, âbut it would be no trouble.â
âAh, Mr. Ogg! How I like you!â Mr. Owl cheered. âAlways ready to break a neck. Good fellow!â
âWe can stash him in one of the upstairs rooms,â Mr. Ogg continued in his deep, ocean floor voice. âIâll make sure he wonât bleed.â
âBut a body, even in such a large house, will be difficult to hide if Dowell decides to search the place, as he has been hinting at for the last fortnight. No, no, my man. We cannot afford the risk of housing him here.â
Toad sat still in his chair. It wasnât every day that his own murder was discussed in such a light, conversational manner.
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