The School Between Winter and Fairyland

Heather Fawcett. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-304331-2
Ever since her twin brother Winter vanished last year, cued-white Autumn Malog, 12, whose family serves as beastkeepers for the Inglenook School of Magic, has been unwilling to accept his purported death. Then she encounters brown-skinned Cai Morrigan, 12, the school’s most famous student, whom prophecies claim will slay the dread Hollow Dragon, which has for years terrorized the bordering Gentlewood. Though staff and students are discouraged from socializing, Cai makes a bargain with Autumn: he’ll use his knowledge of Inglenook to assist her in finding Winter, whom she believes may be magically trapped in the school, if she helps Cai overcome his fear of dragons. But as their quest takes them into the property’s dark secrets, they begin to suspect there’s more to Cai and the prophecy than anyone expected. In this lively fantasy, Fawcett (The Language of Ghosts) plays with familiar tropes (magical schools, chosen ones), centering a female protagonist, a fresh take on heroics, and a clearly built world layered with history and an interesting magical system. Ages 8–12. Agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 09/16/2021
Release date: 10/26/2021
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 352 pages - 978-0-06-304333-6
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