"Twelve-year-old Norman Jespers-Vilnius has woken up in a wold that seems a lot like his own, but it has some notable differences. His sister has a new talking pet, for example. His parents have disappeared. And perhaps most shockingly of all, his scheming uncle, Kit, has been left in charge of the household. Yet no one but Norman appears to be surprised by these developments. To make matters worse, he cannot find Malcolm, the king of the stoats-not to mention his best friend and most loyal companion-anywhere, and he cannot discover a way back to his friend Jerome, who is trapped in a burning library in a medieval desert fortress."--Back cover.