Middle Grade New Releases, June 11, 2019

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to this middle grade book making its rounds through our reviewers!

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ROOT OF MAGIC – by Kathleen Benner Duble
(June 11th 2019 by Delacorte Press)

Photo and Review originally on Instagram ~ by Melissa @mllittleauthor

The Root of Magic is written in third-person present-tense. If you can get used to that, you’ll have no problem. I had to get used to it, but it still in no way distracted me from the plot.

In The Root of Magic, a small family finds themselves stranded by a snowstorm in a town where right away, everything feels “off.” In fact, to me, before I knew what was going on, it felt downright sinister, but maybe I’ve read too much dark YA lately. Everyone acts weird and no one will explain what’s going on. Willow, our young main character, ultimately discovers the truth: the town itself is magic, with a supernatural mind and will of its own, and everyone age 13 and up must make a decision. They can stay, trapped forever by the town, and gain the ability to see into the future one day at a time—or they can leave and never see their families again.

The Root of Magic raises the complex issues of our predetermined destinies, our free will, and how on earth the two can ever coexist, as well as the fear of the unknown and the joy of surprise. On June 11, you can enter this troubling town of secrets and dark magic yourself.


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