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Skilled in Magic

Gemma Kirkman

Five On An Ancient Trail

Long-ago relics, ancient structures, one very dangerous mountaintop—and a puzzling key!

These things are connected somehow, a mysterious trail of clues . . .

But a trail to what?

Driven by curiosity, and riding in a magical flying bathtub, the Delliks children set off on a long and dangerous journey. Julian, Lee, Maggie, Edward, and little Enid each have a magical ability, and together they possess the Five-as-one power—truly a force to be reckoned with should anything stand in their way.
Yet not even the Five are prepared for the surprises, wonders, and perils they encounter on their madcap adventure...





About the Author

Gemma Kirkman holds a Diploma in Professional Writing for Children and is a graduate of the Australian Writers Centre. She is currently writing and producing the fourth book in her fantasy, adventure filled series 'Skilled in Magic'.

Gemma will be Artist-in-Residence for two weeks at Chateau d'Orquevaux in Champagne, France. She is a recipient of The Denis Diderot Grant to fund her residency.




. 5 star
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite - '5 Stars'

Skilled In Magic: Five on an Ancient Trail is a work of fantasy fiction penned for children by author Gemma Kirkman. Following the first adventure in the Skilled In Magic series, Five Go Into the Dark Worlds, Julian and his siblings have already faced the daunting task of finding a new home with the Professor and discovering that each of them has magical abilities. Together, they can harness the power of the Five-as-one, but only when they have mastered their own skills. An ancient key and a series of mysterious clues will lead them to their next adventure and their next test of strength – all from a flying bathtub!

Author Gemma Kirkman writes with a fantastic voice and a knowledge of the imagery and action that a middle-grade reading audience are certain to be absolutely delighted by. The dialogue between the Delliks children is warm and witty, with great distinctive personalities and clear individual development given to the whole team of characters. Little Enid was a particular favorite of mine, as I’m sure she will be to many! The descriptive techniques used for the mysterious goings-on, the lavish magical settings and the various clues which are placed give lots of cinematic and easy to imagine moments for the readership, which really lights up quite a dangerous world of mad adventures and allows children (and indeed adults) to be whisked away as if in a dream. Overall, Skilled In Magic: Five on an Ancient Trail is a recommended fantasy read for all MG readers.














Skilled in Magic - Five On An Ancient
                            Trail by Gemma Kirkman
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ISBN: 978-1-925952-19-3 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-925952-20-9 (hardcover)
Format: Paperback 216mm x 140mm
Extent: 196 pages
RRP: $19.95 (paperback) / $27.95 (hardcover)
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Children's Fiction
Distribution: Contact Vivid


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