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Mira, Mirror

by Mette Ivie Harrison

Viking, 2004, ISBN 0-760-05923-4

A book review by Elisabeth Carey

This is the story of the Wicked Queen's magic mirror, from the story of Snow White—from the point of view of the mirror. A young girl, unattractive, unwanted by her father, stepmother, and half-siblings, she's apprenticed to the local witch, and becomes completely enchanted by the witch's other apprentice, and will do anything for her—anything at all.

The other, more talented and more ruthless, apprentice is, of course, the future Wicked Queen, and she enchants Mira into a mirror and gives her just enough magic to be useful in making and keeping her Queen, but not enough ever to escape the trap of the mirror. But Snow White is just one adventure in the long life of the mirror, who has a lot to learn not just about gaining enough magic to free herself from the mirror, but also about the moral lessons her "sister" the Wicked Queen taught her.


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