Shamanka

Publisher: Walker Books

Review

Sam lives, unhappily, with her drunken aunt. Her only solace is her beloved orang-utan, Lola.

While locked in the attic one day, Sam finds a witch doctor's note book. Believing this to belong to her father she decides to try to find him, to follow in his footsteps and take on his quest to discover: What is magic? What is illusion? What is real?

Sam meets conjurors, mystics, diviners and healers on her travels around the world and each journey brings her closer to finding her parents and her destiny.

Most chapters in this intriguing blend of mystery and belief are prefaced with an illusion or magic trick. Other insights are offered on how to make and break curses, use the Zodiak, a pendulum and more magic charms.

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