The Baleful Encyclopedia
I'm working on a Middle Grade novel called the Baleful Encyclopedia. In this story the three Hadamard children, Mitzi, Archibald, and Terrence, travel to a magical city in the midst of a civil war. To guide them through this unfamiliar landscape they have only an old encyclopedia. As the Hadamards soon discover, the encyclopedia is not only unreliable, it's also grumpy, spiteful, and vindictive. They will have to win over the irrascible old book if they want to survive.
But soon the three of them are separated. Mitzi finds herself in an underground factory where luck is manufactured. Archibald volunteers to join up and fight in the war. Terrence, the youngest, is left with the encyclopedia. Will he be able to pry out the information he needs to reunite his family?