“A deeply satisfying, humor-laced quest with elements of wizardry and herbology, deeds of a dastardly nature, and ultimately, redemption. Similar in tone but not as darkly Dickensian as Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, this adventure pulses with imaginatively named characters, gratifying close calls, and a landscape that is vividly alive. Readers, individually or as part of a read-aloud experience, will savor young Ivy’s expedition and eagerly await more adventures in the land of Caux.” —Booklist
Aimed at grades 3-7, or ages 8-12, the Caux books were published between 2010-2011 and have been heralded as “Bewitching” by Publishers Weekly and “an imaginary place to stand alongside Harry Potter’s world, replete with tasty villains and true-hearted heroines,” by Booklist. In late 2013, the series was included in the American Natural History Museum’s “The Power of Poison” exhibit, with Appelbaum as both consultant for the show and a featured author with a book signing.