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A tale of magic.... #1 / Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman.

Colfer, Chris, 1990- (author.). Dorman, Brandon, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 0 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library J COL (Text) 33500013139472 New On holds shelf -
Detroit Lakes Public Library J COL (Text) 33500013139464 New Checked out 06/01/2020
Thief River Falls Public Library j COL (Text) 35500006228140 Main Checked out 06/15/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316523479
  • ISBN: 031652347X
  • ISBN: 9781510202115
  • ISBN: 1510202110
  • Physical Description: 1 volume
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York ; Little, Brown and Company, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Prequel to The Land of Stories series.
Summary, etc.:
Fourteen-year-old Brystal Evergreen risks everything by opposing her kingdom's repression of women, but Madame Weatherberry, seeing her potential, invites her to a school where she hopes to change the world's perception of magic.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    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.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Sex role > Juvenile fiction.
Sex role > Fiction.
Books and reading > Fiction.
Family life > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Fairies > Fiction.
Sex role.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Children's stories.
Juvenile works.

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