Tale of Magic
by Colfer, Chris; Dorman, Brandon (ILT)

A tale set in the universe of the Land of Stories finds 14-year-old Brystal pursuing creative ways of obtaining books in an oppressive Southern Kingdom where women are forbidden to read. By the award-winning author of Struck by Lightning. Simultaneous eBook.

Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, Stranger Than Fanfiction, and the books in The Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, An Author's Odyssey, and Worlds Collide, and the companion books A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales, The Mother Goose Diaries, Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty, The Curvy Tree, and Trollbella Throws a Party.

This prequel to Colfer's popular Land of Stories series gives fans a glimpse into an early conflict within the magical community. Brystal Evergreen is a girl in the Southern Kingdom, where it's against the law for her to read. When Brystal discovers a secret, magical book in the library, she learns that she is actually a fairy and is whisked away to Madame Weatherberry's Academy of Magic, where she meets others like her. There she learns about the oppression faced by the magical community, the choices between good magic and bad, and her teacher's hope for the future in changing the world's mind about magic. Then, when an evil magical presence begins growing stronger, it's up to Brystal and her fellow students to save their teacher. Colfer offers a lot of discussion opportunities for readers about identity and acceptance veiled beneath the guise of magic and fairy tales. An engaging, albeit long, story that will please fans of the series while offering an entry for new readers as well. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

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