The Face in the Frost Book Summary and Study Guide

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Prospero is a magician who lives in a very unusual (and very cluttered) house. When his friend Roger Bacon comes to visit, they both realize something is seriously amiss. There have been many signs and portents - a huge, malicious moth, a skeletal birds, bad omens from magical mirrors. After Prospero examines a book Bacon has brought with him, he realizes an old enemy is behind this, and is plotting evil. Prospero and Bacon set out to thwart said evil; during their journeys, they encounter many magical and mundane problems, and rely on their wits as much as their magic to save them. By turns creepy, suspenseful, and funny, Bellairs' first book defies classification - but it's definitely a fantasy classic.
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The review of this Book prepared by Ivy

Prospero, a wizard living quietly in an insanely eccentric house, is visited by his friend, Roger Bacon. They both have been having uneasy feelings and premonitions, and must travel to stop what is behind them. These are very down-to- earth, unpretentious wizards, so the building horror is that more frightening. An absolutely classic book that does not fit neatly into most categories.
The review of this Book prepared by Shelley Waltzer

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   60's-90's If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells    -   can read emotions


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   general past A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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