I am so happy that Mara wanted to hear more about the Prescott family for her guest post, because I am excited to talk about them! If you're familiar with the series, you know that the primary family in the story is the Vandergraffs, a family of winter wizards. In book 2, we meet their counterpart, a family of summer wizards, The Prescotts. The Prescotts are much like the Vandergraffs in many ways, except for being magical opposites. In my head, I like to think of them as "the bizarro Vandergraffs."
His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl--who happens to be a summer witch--begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic's command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.
David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.
|The Prescott House|
The Prescotts are an upper-middle class family living in Sugar Land, Texas, an affluent suburb of Houston. Sugar Land got it's name from the Imperial Sugar Factory in town, and in Watch Me Burn, Xavier incorrectly refers to it as Candy Land.
If you'd like to know more about summer wizards in general, I suggest checking out this post => A Tribute to Summer Wizards. But in short, they are traditionally the "good guys." Superman, Prince Charming, Snow White, etc.
Here are some of the more prominent wizards in the cast.
John Prescott (AKA "The Good Doctor" by the Vandergraffs)
The Prescott Family patriarch. He's a pediatric oncologist at the Texas Children's Hospital in downtown Houston, and has worked in South Sudan for Doctors Without Borders.
Likes: America, freedom, apple pie
Dislikes: Winter wizards, spring wizards, fall wizards, strawberry pie
Strengths: Has saved many lives. Brave and decisive.
The Prescott Family matriarch. She's a kindergarten teacher and also spent many years as a stay at home mom. Before she had a family, she loved traveling, and lived in Peru for six months.
Likes: Her husband and kids, anything sparkly, furry woodland creatures
Dislikes: Anything that threatens happily-ever-afters
Strengths: Good at unconditional love. Brave and self-sacrificing.
Flaws: Believes she is a princess in a fairy tale, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
Oldest son in the Prescott family, headed to Texas A&M in the fall of 2014. Plans to become a doctor like his father.
Likes: Puppies, smiling, football, his truck
Dislikes: Mean people.
Strengths: Charming. Curious. Tolerant. Heroic.
Flaws: Too handsome.
Youngest son in the Prescott family, will be a sophomore in high school in the fall of 2014. Wants to become a pilot in the Air Force.
Likes: Underage drinking, playing with fire, Disney movies
Dislikes: Winter wizards, tomatoes
Strengths: Perceptive. Smart. Good at magic.
Flaws: He's a tool.
Middle daughter in the Prescott family, will be a Freshman in high school in the fall of 2014 (assuming she's found and still alive). Last seen in late July on her way back from volleyball camp.
Likes: Volleyball, hanging out with friends, pretty much everyone she meets (except Emmy Vandergraff)
Dislikes: Emmy Vandergraff
Strengths: Despite being ridiculously popular, she's inclusive and kind.
Flaws: Too bright and shiny for her own good.
Like the Vandergraff family, the Prescott family has FIVE children. Missing from the list are Caroline Prescott, the oldest, and a student at the University of Texas and Leona Prescott, the youngest, of which almost nothing is known. David and Emmy have to work to find out more about these two in the book, so I'm not going to spill the beans now! :)
Just like the Vandergraffs, I find the Prescotts both cringe-worthy and awesome at the same time and I can't wait to introduce you in Watch Me Burn!
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About the author:
Sharon Bayliss is the author of the dark wizard family drama, The December People Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.
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