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Story Magic

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Twelve-year-old Kaya must harness the power of story magic—confronting 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.

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Girls are forbidden to practice story magic. Only 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, it 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 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 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 behind everything she’s ever known.

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Girls are forbidden to practice story magic. Only 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, it 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 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 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 behind everything she’s ever known.

Copyright: 2020
Page Count: 224
Trim Size: 5.25 x 8
Rights Territory: Worldwide
Categories: 
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
JUVENILE FICTION / General

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 laurelgale.com or on Twitter at @laurel_gale.

Reviews and Awards

“A coming-of-age adventure whose heroine may have to grow up fast, but does so on her own terms.” — Foreword Reviews

“Gale quickly creates a fantastical world … maintains focus and ensures that the story is easy for young readers to follow. Recommended.” — School Library Journal

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