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New Release Date for Gale’s Middle Grade Fantasy


ST. PAUL, MN, April 8, 2020 – Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE), announced today the August publication date of Story Magic by author Laurel Gale has been moved to October 27, 2020. This change allows time for promotional events to be rescheduled and independent bookstores to reopen to support a successful launch for this title. 

In this middle grade fantasy, twelve-year-old Kaya must harness the power of story magic—ignoring her society’s bias against female magic wielders and her own internalized fear that her magic will cause bad luck—to save her brother and find herself.

More about Story Magic:
Girls are forbidden to practice story magic. Bad things happen when they do. Everyone knows this, but that doesn’t stop twelve-year-old Kaya A’Dor from learning the basics from her older brother Hob. The trick is to sense a listener, one of the magical beings that inhabit the world, and tell it a story. If the listener is pleased and likes the story, they will allow the storyteller to work magic.

Although Kaya knows the risks, she attempts a little story magic to impress Hob. When Hob is taken prisoner in Prima, the faraway capital city, Kaya is convinced it’s her fault, either because someone discovered what she was doing or because the bad luck has found her.

Desperate to save her brother, Kaya will do anything to make it to Prima, including story magic. With each story she tells her ability to wield story magic grows and she soon begins to wonder if her brother’s imprisonment was really her fault or something else entirely. Each story brings her one step closer to finding Hob and leaving everything she’s ever known behind.

About the author
Laurel Gale is the author of Dead Boy and Monster, Human, Other. She lives with her husband and their ferrets in Vancouver, Washington. You can visit Laurel online at or on Twitter @laurel_gale.

Story Magic by Laurel Gale

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Publication date: October 27, 2020

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