Last Fallen Star
by Kim, Graci






Looking forward to her older sister's initiation into their family's powerful lineage of healing witches, an adopted Korean American girl born without magic triggers unexpected consequences while attempting to participate in her sister's ceremony. 150,000 first printing.





Graci Kim is a Korean-Kiwi diplomat turned author who writes about the magic she wants to see in the world. The Last Fallen Star is her middle grade debut. In a previous life she used to be a cooking show host, and she once ran a business that turned children's drawings into plushies. When she's not lost in her imagination, you'll find Graci drinking flat whites, eating ramyeon, and most likely hugging a dog (or ideally, many). She lives in New Zealand with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter @gracikim and Instagram @gracikimwrites.





*Starred Review* This opening installment in the Gifted Clans series interweaves Korean mythology and modern times to create a wholly unique world worthy of the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. Debut author Kim spins a fascinating tale of six witch clans, all of which hearken to their own respective patron gods and special powers, with readers following Riley Oh, a saram (nonmagical person) who more than anything desires to find her place in both the magical world and within her own adoptive family. After Riley's sister, Hattie, suggests that they concoct a spell to share her magic with Riley, that forbidden magic goes badly awry, and Riley must find a way to use her own strengths to set things right and rectify the past the present and assure the future of everything she holds dear. From a compelling and endearing supporting cast to the rich and tantalizing Korean cuisine explored in its pages, this pays homage to traditional Korean magic and mythos while infusing it with a contemporary story line and characters readers will fall in love with in an instant. Riley's unmistakable voice and her relatable search for and exploration of her identity will connect with readers at their cores, offering a truly promising start to a fantastical series. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





When a spell goes wrong, a girl sets out on a quest to save her sister. Riley Oh and her sister, Hattie, are typical Korean American girls except for one thing: They know magic is real. When she turns 13 in two days, Hattie will finally become a full member of the Gom clan, able to wield magic on her own. But because Riley is adopted and saram, or nonmagical, the other clans will not allow her to have an initiation ceremony when she turns 13 in a month. Struck by this unfairness, Hattie finds a spell that will share her magic with Riley. Unfortunately, their plan goes spectacularly wrong, fracturing Riley's community and endangering Hattie. Feeling responsible for the calamity, Riley, along with her best friend, Emmett, will do whatever it takes to make things right, whether that means striking deals with fickle magical beings or considering the help of an ostracized magical clan. Exploring familial bonds, belonging, and community, this is a fast-paced urban fantasy drawing on Korean mythology. Riley and her friends navigate Los Angeles' Koreatown and run-ins with dokkaebi and inmyeonjo with a frantic, upbeat energy. Complications and twists keep the plot engaging and snappy. Emmett is cued as biracial (his mother was a Gom elder who married a saram with a Western surname; his father's ethnicity is not specified). A fun, new magical world that promises more adventures to come. (glossary) (Fantasy. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





When a spell goes wrong, a girl sets out on a quest to save her sister. Riley Oh and her sister, Hattie, are typical Korean American girls except for one thing: They know magic is real. When she turns 13 in two days, Hattie will finally become a full member of the Gom clan, able to wield magic on her own. But because Riley is adopted and saram, or nonmagical, the other clans will not allow her to have an initiation ceremony when she turns 13 in a month. Struck by this unfairness, Hattie finds a spell that will share her magic with Riley. Unfortunately, their plan goes spectacularly wrong, fracturing Riley's community and endangering Hattie. Feeling responsible for the calamity, Riley, along with her best friend, Emmett, will do whatever it takes to make things right, whether that means striking deals with fickle magical beings or considering the help of an ostracized magical clan. Exploring familial bonds, belonging, and community, this is a fast-paced urban fantasy drawing on Korean mythology. Riley and her friends navigate Los Angeles' Koreatown and run-ins with dokkaebi and inmyeonjo with a frantic, upbeat energy. Complications and twists keep the plot engaging and snappy. Emmett is cued as biracial (his mother was a Gom elder who married a saram with a Western surname; his father's ethnicity is not specified). A fun, new magical world that promises more adventures to come. (glossary) (Fantasy. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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